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What has ‘eco’ got to do with church? I thought it was people protesting, or electric cars and stuff.
In the beginning, God tells humans to guard and care for creation: the very first chapters of the Bible tell us this as the first commandment. We are part of that creation, but have a special role, bearing God’s image.
So it’s not simply because it’s a ‘good idea’ or because it’ll ‘save the planet’ to give us and future generations a decent place to live.
As Christians, we want to do God’s will and see the Kingdom come. Caring for creation is part of our mission, to glorify our Creator and Redeemer.
As a community of faith, we’ve made a commitment to this and set it out in a Declaration about the climate and ecological emergency that the world is now facing.
This catastrophic crisis of environmental degradation and climate change affects the future of human civilisation – and the main cause of the crisis is human activity: we’ve failed to follow God’s direction. And it’s linked to injustice and inequality, globally.
We need to tell the truth – to ourselves and to others: understanding and speaking out, encouraging each other. We need to take practical action – as individuals, families, households and as a church family.
You can read our Climate Emergency Declaration in detail here.
One of our commitments as a church family is to track our progress towards a ‘new normal’; and Eco-church, from Christian charity A Rocha, is a way to do this. We’ve already achieved our Bronze Award; now working towards Silver. We’re looking at all the different aspects of our lives and how we’re doing at STC. We also did a survey of church members’ thoughts, feelings and activities – here is a summary of the results.
Follow the links we’ll be adding to this page, for more news, information and practical ideas on STC – Eco, and look out for regular stories about what members of our church family are doing already.
If you’d like to join the Eco Church group, please contact the church office.
We’re putting together a list of eco initiatives in our neighbourhood and city. Coming soon!