On 14 September Birmingham, Canterbury and Chichester, signed up as the first three Dioceses seeking “Eco-Diocese” accreditation. This accreditation is administered by A Rocha UK, the Christian Eco-group. Dr Ruth Valerio of A Rocha (pictured with the diocesan bishops) is already well know to Birmingham clergy as she spoke at the Bishop’s Study Day on the Environment on 3rd March 2016.
Over the next months and years the CofE Birmingham will work on the nine criteria needed to become an Eco-Diocese. The most significant of these is about encouraging the churches of the Diocese to sign up to become “Eco-Churches”. The Bronze level accreditation in Eco-Diocese can be attained when 10% of churches have sign up, and when 5% have achieved awards under the Eco-Church programme. St Peter’s Maney recently attained the Bronze accreditation in Eco-church, so a start has been made!
The Revd Patrick Gerard, Bishop’s Adviser for the Environment, said, “Eco-Diocese gives us a framework for practical action in greening the CofE Birmingham. It builds on our prayer for the environment at the start of each month prompted through the ‘Praying Together’ booklets.”
Could your church become an Eco-church?
Find out about the Eco-Church accreditation at the Eco-Diocese launch event, , Thursday 20 October, 12:30 pm at 1 Colmore Row. Join Bishop David and A Rocha UK to learn what is involved. If your church is interested then it would be great if you could send a representative. Food will be served at 13:15. Please book in for food with Mary Rose MaryR@cofebirmingham.com. Places are limited so book soon!
Or you can read about Eco Church here.
Picture from: arocha.org.uk/snap-crackle-and-pop-for-the-planet/