St Peter’s Maney is one of the first churches in the country to join the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches.
Operation Noah is delighted to announce that eight local churches and the United Reformed Church Synod of Yorkshire have made divestment commitments as part of the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches.
The Easter Declaration states ‘the urgency of the need to shift from fossil fuels to clean alternatives and ensure a brighter, cleaner future for all’ and the desire of the churches involved for their investments ‘to be a sign of hope, contributing to the flourishing of God’s creation, both now and for generations to come’.
The churches making divestment commitments as part of the Easter Declaration are as follows:
- The United Reformed Church Synod of Yorkshire
- Bush Hill Park URC, Enfield (United Reformed Church)
- Tavistock URC (United Reformed Church)
- The Vines Church, Rochester (United Reformed Church)
- All Hallows Church, Hyde Park, Leeds (Church of England)
- St Hilda’s Church, Ashford, Middlesex (Church of England)
- St John the Evangelist, Upper St Leonards (Church of England)
- St Peter’s Church, Maney, Sutton Coldfield (Church of England)
- St Stephen with St Julian, St Albans (Church of England)
The URC Synod of Yorkshire has become the second of 13 United Reformed Church Synods to commit to divest from fossil fuels, after the URC Synod of Scotland made a divestment commitment in 2015. It decided to make the move as the United Reformed Church prepares to debate divestment from fossil fuels at a national level in May.
These churches join a global divestment movement of more than 1,000 institutions with more than $8.7 trillion (£6.7 trillion) of assets under management, including the World Council of Churches, the Church of Sweden, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Quakers in Britain, and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Photo: Members of All Hallows Church in Hyde Park, Leeds celebrate their divestment announcement (photo credit: Deirdre Duff)