Care for God’s creation is part of our everyday faith as Christians. We honour God when we care for His creation. We show love to our neighbours, near and far, when we care about the environments in which they live. And we work for justice when we seek to tackle climate change and halt the loss of nature.
An Eco Community is a worshipping community (parish, fresh expression of church or church plant, chaplaincy or school) which recognises and embodies caring for creation as intrinsic to the Gospel.
We do this through:
- Obedience to God’s command to care for God’s creation and enable it to flourish
- Worship to join with all creation in worshipping our Creator through our prayer, praise and practice
- Discipleship to follow the example of Christ by living in full relationship with God, each other and all of creation, with a commitment to actively learning together
- Mission to share the Good News of God’s concern and our agency to all creation
- Justice to recognise the global effect of the environmental crisis and to advocate for those most affected by climate breakdown
In practice this includes working towards the achievement of:
- the Church of England Net Carbon Zero commitment, and
- the Diocese of Leicester commitment to Eco-Diocese and Eco-Churches.
Read a fuller statement about Eco Communities here
As a diocese, we are striving to reduce the environmental impact of our buildings and activities. This includes:
- Working towards carbon net zero emissions by 2030 and towards becoming an accredited Eco Diocese
- Disinvestment from fossil fuel companies and a commitment to not reinvest in them in the future
- Setting up a Diocesan Environment Group to encourage parish churches to consider how they can be good stewards of creation
- Reordering the cathedral to reduce its long-term environmental impact
In December 2021, Diocesan Synod adopted a diocesan environment policy, which you can read here.
We are also encouraging churches in the Diocese to register as Eco Churches, an award scheme run by A Rocha. You can read the stories of how our worshipping communities are engaging with environmental justice and care for creation as part of their ministry and mission here.
For more information about the Diocesan Environment Group or becoming an Eco Church, you can get in touch with Revd Andrew Quigley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or become a member of the Leicester Eco Diocese Facebook group to learn more and share ideas.
- Church of England’s resources for mission, worship, prayers, liturgy, preaching and Bible studies on the themes of creation and the environment
- Church of England guidance and information about looing after the land around churches to encourage biodiversity
- Our Diocese of Leicester Travel Toolkit for Local Churches and diocesan staff Workplace Travel Plan
- Church of England guidance for churches on becoming carbon net zero
- A Rocha’s Eco Church resources which cover worship and teaching, building management, land management, community and global engagement, and lifestyle
In this video Ann Scott, a licensed pioneer in the diocese who leads a mission shaped community called “Greenlight”, shares a sermon preached for Holy Trinity church at the very start of Creationtide. Grab a coffee, and listen to her answering the question: “why should we, as followers of Jesus, care for the world?”
We'd love to hear from you about environmental projects and activities in your community. Email us on email@example.com if you have news that might encourage or inspire others.