The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it – you have founded them.
God calls Christians to recognise that the earth and everything in it is an expression of God’s grace, and as such we must treat our environment with care and compassion. Our work explores the theology of care for creation. We offer practical suggestions for a Christian response to climate change.
Hope in God’s Future
Hope in God’s Future is a report and study guide to help individuals and local groups understand the position of our Churches on climate change. It aims to make Christians aware of the vital connections between the environment and the Christian faith. Most of all, it calls Christians to transform their lifestyles through studying, praying and acting on environmental issues.
Eco Church is a scheme run by A Rocha which guides churches towards expressing care for creation in five areas:
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
Once churches are registered they can apply for Eco Church Awards at the levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold. Any denomination or church meeting in any kind of building can register for the scheme. Currently there are specific Eco Synod awards for United Reformed Churches.
As part of the Eco Church process, or perhaps as a separate project, you may wish to consider installing solar panels to help power your church building with green energy. In order to help with this the Methodist Church has provided a briefing document:
Previous Campaigns on the Environment
Decarbonising our power sector by 2030: delivering a just Energy Bill
In 2013 the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, Quakers in Britain and the United Reformed Church called for a decarbonised power sector by 2030. This was in advance of the Energy Act 2013. You can read the briefing here:
Fuel poverty and the role of clean low carbon energy – towards a joined-up strategy
The United Reformed Church, Baptists Together and the Methodist Church also produced a 2013 briefing on fuel poverty and its relationship to low carbon energy: