Following a presentation by the Environment group at Diocesan Synod on June 2018, Synod voted unanimously to become an Eco Diocese.
The motion, proposed by Archdeacon Carol and seconded by Dr Richard Henderson-Smith, was:
"This Synod agrees to implement the process of becoming an Eco Diocese through the efforts of Parishes, Deaneries and Diocesan Officers and Offices as it moves towards applying the gospel mission of caring for God’s Earth for the sake of God’s creatures. This is agreed to be reported, shared and celebrated at Deanery and Diocesan level."
A tale of two churches: See how two churches in the Diocese have taken different approaches to going green:
To find out more, contact Stella Collishaw who coordinates the group 01332 388685 / e: Stella.Collishaw@derby.anglican.org
For more about the scheme from Arocha ....
General Synod passed the motion to step up the Environment Programme in response to the escalating threat of Climate Change.
A motion (Friday 22 Feb) brought by the dioceses of London and Truro was approved, committing the Church to accelerating its existing Environmental Programme (CoEEP), and calling on every diocese to put in place an environmental programme overseen by a designated member of the bishop’s staff team.
The possibility of a standard tool to monitor CO2 emissions in churches, cathedrals and church halls will also be explored.
Sophie Mitchell of the Church of England Youth Council referencing the Climate Emergency School Strike suggested we have been failing in our creation care mandate.
Loretta Minghella said there was no plan B because there was no planet B. She went on to tell of the lobbying progress by the National Pensions and Investments Board.
Click here to catch up with the debate.
Support a local group + join a national environment charity.
Now, more than ever, it is time to join together to lobby about Creation Care. A serious suggestion from A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins (Dronfield Nov 2018) is to join a local group and subscribe to a national charity. Numbers count for strengthening the voice of national charities as they campaign and lobby government. Connect with local related charities simply by going to a meeting, volunteering for a day, or following a Facebook group. Joiner or not, you can contact your MP directly and engage with democratic process.
A new report from Operation Noah - 'Bright Now'
We now have another awarded Church, St Barnabas Derby has recently achieved a silver Eco Church award. Congratulations to all of them for reaping this accolade and helping us all in our aim to become an awarded Eco Diocese.
Eco Church featured on the Songs of Praise episode on Sunday 3 March 2019. Catch up on iplayer. St James Piccadilly (urban London Church) featured and has received a gold Eco Church award.
Training and events
Fashion Revolution Week is from 22nd April 22nd – 28th April 2019. Events will be run looking at the issues of modern fashion and what it means to our world.
A local event will take place at St Peter's Church Belper, DE56 1EZ, on Friday 26th April 2019 7-9pm. Includes clothes swop, fabric swop, craft activism amd workshops including how to mend your clothes and space to talk about and discuss the issues.
Rewilding: A Christian Perspective, Saturday 27th April, Rippon College Cuddesden, Oxford, 10-4, booking essential. Christian Rural and Environmental Studies and John Ray Initiative.
19 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. Two have achieved awards. Eco church FAQs. 1100 churches have registered across England. 3 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford and Birmingham. To make contact to support a local church or find volunteering opportunities contact or go to find a church.
If you want a presentation for your PCC there is free to use material at Promoting Eco Church. This includes a powerpoint presentation and film clips.
Latest newsletter from the Church of England's Environment Programme. In it there's everything from news from Katowice, looking forward to Earth Day (April) and how Manchester Diocese is supporting an intiative to become the first Cycling City.
Latest newsletter from ARocha UK. In it they suggest 3 environmentally friendly choices for 2019: cut down on meat, drive less and grow your own food.
Tenants of the King, a 4 part study looking at what the Bible has to say about climate change, from Operation Noah. Worth looking at purely for answers to common questions pages 22-25. Copies were offered at clergy Conference 2018. A group batch can be loaned with usb/dvd resources contact.
Joy in Enough from Green Christian offer a confession as a basis for your focus Lent 2019. A call to the church in Britain to acknowledge our complicity in consumerism and climate change, and to use the season of Lent to talk about these topics as a community.
Faith in a Changing Climate USPG downloadable study resource with case studies from across the Anglican Communion. Printed copies are available on request. It includes a very helpful page on Climate Change FAQs (p6&7). Copies were circulated by Rev Richard Reade at Clergy Conference 2018.
Living Lent invites you to make 6 changes for the benefit of the Environment.
Church Mission Society study resource 'The Possible world'.
The Environment Group recommend beginning registering as an Eco Church. This gives you access to a tool which helps measure your progress. You save your input and update it, working towards a bronze, silver or gold award. We will celebrate your achievement (details feature in the film clip above) as it helps us work towards an award as a Diocese. 2 of our parishes have awards. Registered and awarded churches are on the Eco church map. The scheme is run by A Rocha UK and is endorsed by The Church of England, the Methodist Church, Christian Aid, TEARfund.
John Beardmore, our Environment Group engineer and adviser to DAC says:
A simple strategy for environmental decision making ....
This is a small and dedicated group of volunteers.
Practical activities led by the group include
- the motion at June 2018 Diocesan Synod where we decided to become an Eco Diocese,
- a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV,
- architect training partnered with DAC,
- advice to individual parishes,
- a local performance of Baked Alaska at Melbourne Festival.
Nominations to join us are welcome. We can meet your PCC or you could to come along to meet the committee to share perspectives.
Contact Stella Collishaw is the contact member of Diocesan staff working with this group. Please send her invites to your events and permission to share them, or news of progress in your patch.
The Framework was approved by Derby Diocesan Synod in February 2013.
Other recent publications:
Find articles, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation, My Reflections on Plastic-Less Lent and Time for Action which you are invited to publish locally including images. To get the newsletter as it is published sign up.
Shrinking the Footprint is the national environment programme from the Church of England.
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