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
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Training and events
Eco Church training on 6 November 2019 Repton, South Derbyshire.
Further dates are being fixed in Peak and Central Derbyshire in 2020.
Thursday 24th October 2019, 7 for 7.30pm-9.00pm, Derby West Indian Community Association, Carrington Street, Derby DE1 2 ND.
Book on eventbrite or by email. No charge: donations only. The venue is close walking distance from the railway station for anyone using the train / Uni bus.
Derbyshire Churches Environment Network plan to offer this session as the first of 3 events over the next year. Open to people from any local church/ college or as an interested citizen.
Wednesday 30th October 2019, 6.30 to 8.30 pm at the Copper Building, One Friar Gate Square, Derby.
The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, University of Derby, is organising a series of events about climate change science and action, in collaboration with The Union of Students, the Multifaith Centre, the Derby Climate Coalition, and other local partners, to bust through climate change myths, lay out what we do know, and to discuss what we can do about it. Show casing the University’s research on climate change and highlighting the response of local champions to climate change.
In the first event, 30th October they welcome Dr Holly Elliott, from the University of Derby, and Tom Veitch, from the D2 Energy Efficiency project at Derby City Council , to give an overview of climate change and to talk about how some local businesses are adapting their practices to reduce emissions. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and to discuss the issues raised during the presentations. You can find more information and how to register. Everyone is welcome.
9 November 2019 Carbon Literacy Course for Communities Derbyshire Eco Centre.
22-25 Nov 2019: Launde Abbey, Leics: Green Christian Retreat weekend. Option of joining for Saturday.
23 November Birmingham, Hodge Hill Baptist Church, B36 8GB, Creation Care and Climate Justice, 10.30-4pm.
Released by the Bishop of Salisbury 7 October 2019
Helen Burnett, Vicar St Peter and St Paul's Chaldon, Southwark, has written a prayer for the Extinction Rebellion action in London:
ARocha UK Head of Conservation Andy Lester reflects in his blog on uncertainity and how the political situtation could help or hinder environment and farming.
Latest newsletter from the Church of England's Environment Programme. In it there's everything from childrens activities for Season of Creation, ArchBishop Justins speech to the Anglican Consultative Council and a synopsis of things environmental from July General Synod.
Sustainable preaching: liturgically linked preaching resources for the current cycle.
Free Cycle Stands for Churches in the City of Derby: Life Cycle UK are offering free cycle stands for churches. In most cases a faculty will be needed for their installation. If you are interested please contact Life Cycle UK direct.
St Margarets Carsington and Glossop Parish church have achieved a Bronze 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.
Climate change and carbon reduction manifesto unveiled by Derbyshire County Council but the motion to declare a climate emergency was not passed. In Derbyshire, Wirksworth Town Council and New Mills Town Council have already declared climate emergencies.
33 parishes in this Diocese have registered as Eco Churches. Seven have achieved awards. Eco church FAQs. 5 Dioceses have achieved Bronze Eco Diocese awards - Salisbury, Guildford, Birmingham, Winchester 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.
Repair Cafe helps reduce waste through mending items that might otherwise be discarded. Please note there are conditions to using the name and logo. There may be one nearby you can access- in New Mills, Eyam, Chesterfield.
Refil app. If your church has a publicly available tap whihc people could use to refil drinking bottles and so reduce waste you can add it to this scheme.
Let there be stuff...? Course of 6 sessions for teenagers.
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.
Study and preaching resources
Season of Creation resources from the Church of England 1 September 2019 - 4 October 2019.
Sustainable preaching: liturgically linked preaching resources.
7 weeks detox from consumerism. Based on Consumer Detox by Mark Powley, St Georges, Leeds.
The Environment Committee recommend beginning 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. 7 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 Committee engineer and adviser to DAC says:
A simple strategy for environmental decision making ....
This is a small and dedicated group of volunteers.
Practical activities from the group
- offering an information stand at clergy conference Nov 2019
- training on Eco Church in the Learning in Faith programme
- a mailing to all PCCs and incumbents July 2019 about Climate Emergency
- pilot development of Derbyshire Churches Environment Network beginning October 2019
- Supporting related activity at Derby University at the Multi Faith Centre autumn 2019
- the presentation at June 2019 Synod update report about progress on Eco Diocese and 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
Nominations to join us are welcome. We can meet your PCC or you could to come along to meet the committee to share perspectives. The Derbyshire Churches Envirnment Netowrk is run through the Committee and may be a good place to link up with Committee members.
Contact Stella Collishaw is the contact member of Diocesan staff (Mission and Ministry team) working with this group. Please send her invites to your events and permission to share them, or news of progress in your patch to her and the Communications Team. We have a number of people who are willing to come and support you locally and preach on Environmental issues, both licensed Readers and clergy.
References from Diocesan Synod June 2019 which included a requested presentation about 'Fracking'.
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.
Other recent publications:
Current issue: Can we join David aginst Goliath?, which looks at 'fracking'.
Back issues are: 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.
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