Eco Resources


Resources for churches and individuals:  

  • Church of England resources including why you should take action, steps you can take and wide variety of inspirational materials.
  • Eco Church resources from environment charity A Rocha. They are also currently running the Wild Christian scheme, a community of families and individuals exploring the connections between our Christian faith, the natural environment, and how we live. Visit the A Rocha site here to find out more.
  • Our diocesan podcast Re:Thinking ALOUD discussed the environment and God's creation in a recent episode here
  • York Course - Caring for Creation (new for Lent 2021, available from September 2020) Written by Brian Davis this course look explores the fact that the human race is facing its greatest challenge: global warming, leading to climate change. This, along with the damage we have done, and are still doing to the environment, God’s wonderful creation, means that we all have to make radical changes to our whole way of life. 
  • A new Facebook group for anyone in our churches keen to learn more, and pick up or share ideas for being 'greener', celebrating and protecting creation, and becoming Eco Churches.
  • A book published by Church House Publishings - A Time for Creation: Liturgical resources for Creation and the Environment may be helpful in the planning of services. It can be ordered from the Christian Resources bookshop in St Martins House. 
  • Resound Worship's new album Doxecology which contains 13 ecologically themed worship songs.
  • Resource bank and slides from the recent Christian Climate Conference held in the diocese and led by the Bishops Youth Council. 

Events:

Join Faith for the Climate at interfaith online workshops in October to help you connect, skill up and take action together against climate breakdown! https://faithfortheclimate.org.uk/news/Get-ready-for-COP26

Download a flyer about the workshop here.


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?”

 


Local churches are encouraged to hold a local Climate Sunday any time during a one-year period starting on 6th September (the first Sunday in the annual season of Creation Time/Season of Creation).

Free resources will be provided to suit every tradition and style of worship.

During their local Climate Sunday, churches are invited to do one or more of three things:

  1. Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.
  2. Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26. The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5th September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at COP26.

Climate Sunday has been organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) with support from charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.




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