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 ....
A Rocha UK latest blog encourages us to reflect and think about the future.
Saying Yes to Life written by Ruth Valerio and available now free. It was Archbishop of Canterburys Lent book 2020. Also free are links to LiveLent audio visual clips for discussion groups which may be continuing remotely and resources aimed at younger people. If you want to follow the series remotely especially in the current climate there is also a facebook Group.
All Saints Sawley have 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 in 2020. There is a feature in this edition of Together magazine issue 8 page 16.
Eco church training (Learning in Faith)
Training in plan has been postponed.
Article by de la Pasture about tree planting and farming.
Helpful funding guide for Environmental projects from Helen Simpkiss.
37 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. Seven have achieved awards. Eco church FAQs. 6 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford, Birmingham, Winchester, Coventry and St Eds and Ipswich. 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. the Eco Church website has its own resources page- everything from measuring your carbon footprint, or being wildlife friendly to different types of cup available. Please let us know as you register your parish so we can be in touch about training and new resources.
Begin by registering as an Eco Church.
This gives you access to a tool which helps measure your progress. You go online and take a survey, save your input and return to update it. Progress shows as you work towards a bronze, silver or gold award. We will celebrate your achievement as it helps us work towards an award as a Diocese. 8 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, adviser to DAC says:
A simple strategy for environmental decision making ....
Diocesan contact Stella Collishaw (Mission and Ministry team) leads on the Environment whihc is focussed on Eco Diocese. If you register as an Ecochurch or obtain an award you should inform her.
Details of your events, or news of progress in your patch for us to celebrate and photos illustrating it should go to her and also to Communications Team. See 'Whats Happening' section for upcoming events.
If your PCC are talking about making Environmental changes there are a number of people who are willing to come and support you locally and preach on Environmental issues, both licensed Readers and clergy.
There is also an ecumenical group of volunteers that meet called The Derbyshire Churches Environment Network.
It is chaired by Anne Knyhynyckyj, Reader, All Saints Wingerworth.
Practical activities from the group:-
- supporting Derby University public lecture programme from the Environment and Sustainability research department Sept 2019 - Jan 2020
- offering an information at clergy conference Nov 2019 with the support of members from All Saints Wingerworth
- supporting training for example Eco Church in the Learning in Faith programme (Community section)
- a mailing to all PCCs and incumbents July 2019 about Climate Emergency
- pilot development of a series of talks and discussions beginning October 2019
- leading the presentation at June 2019 Synod where there was an update report about progress on Eco Diocese and as requested offering reasons to make a policy against fracking
- a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV
- architect training partnered with DAC
- advice to individual parishes and offering presentations or preachers as requested
Living Lightly is the Environment Group policy focus derived from the former Framework, adopted as Diocesan policy. We are encouraging parishes and churches to become Eco Churches and registered as an Eco Diocese in 2018.
Eco church FAQs
Other recent publications:
21st Century Franciscans: Caring for Creation by Eirene Palmer.
Back issues are: Can we join David aginst Goliath?, which looks at 'fracking'. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation, Fair Enough by John Payne Mar 2019, 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.
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