Eco Church resources

Holy Trinity holds the Eco Church Bronze Award, and we are working on achieving Silver. To learn more about A Rocha’s Eco Church,  its focus on how we care for Creation in our worship and teaching; in how we look after our buildings and land; in how we engage with our local community and the wider world, and in the personal lifestyles of our congregation, go to: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

The Eco Team have put together a list of interesting webinars on environmental issues from various sources, including the Church of England and the Oxford Martin School (part of Oxford University) – see below. Some are on church issues and others are of more general interest.

Suggested reading

TV

The Repair Shop: Wednesdays at 8.00-9.00 p.m., BBC1 (about restoring and re-purposing)

Radio

39 Ways to Save the Planet: In partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, BBC Radio 4 presented 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is exerting on the planet. 

Online tools

For a bit of fun (with serious intentions) why not try this Climate Change Food Calculator, called What’s your Diet’s Carbon Footprint? 

On a more serious note: Why not try doing the Eco Church Personal Environmental Lifestyle Audit?

How can we judge where to put our money (aka ‘ethical investment’)?  Do we know what our money is funding? Banks and Building Societies make countless claims of sustainability and ethical lending. Is this just a veneer? Follow this link to see how they are rated for environmental reporting, carbon reporting, management, transparency and ethical lending.  Take a look at Which’s Revealed: the Most Sustainable Savings Account Providers How to Stop Your Money Funding Climate Change.

Articles

Six promises you can make to help reduce carbon emissions (The Guardian, 07/03/2022). This article is eminently practical and won’t take long to read!

IPCC issues ‘bleakest warning yet’ on impacts of climate breakdown (The Guardian, 28/02/2022)

Webinars

What does the New Testament have to say about the environment?
Monday 12th September, 12-1pm
Speaker: Revd Margot Hodson from the John Ray Initiative.
Book here

How Parish Buying can support parishes towards Net Zero Carbon.
Thursday 15th September, 12-1pm
This webinar outlines how Parish Buying, the CofE dedicated procurement service,  can support parishes in different ways, from energy audits to heating solutions. Click here to register.

Why evangelism and creation care are essential to each other
Tuesday 20th September, 4-5pm
Speaker: Revd Steve Hollinghurst who works in the Lichfield Diocese as Evangelism Enabler with an Environmental focus. Book here

Climate, gender and racial justice
Thursday 22nd September, 4-5pm
Speaker: Maria Andrade, Theology and Network Engagement Global Lead for Tearfund. Maria is an Ecuadorian theologian and sociologist. She has spent more than 15 years accompanying Christians in engaging with justice and development in different places around the world. Book here

Creation speaks of God’s glory
Monday 26th September, 12-1pm
Speaker: Dr Cherryl Hunt, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter and Tutor on the South West Ministry Training Course.  Cherryl is a former molecular biologist who metamorphosed into a theologian. She will explore with us biblical texts where creation cries out or glorifies God. Book here

Electric Heating Solutions: From pews and panels to chandeliers and cushions
Tuesday 4th October, 12-1pm.  BOOK HERE
Friday 7th October, 4-5pm.  BOOK HERE

Climate Resilience. How to prepare your buildings for more extreme weather
Thursday 10th November, 4-5pm
This webinar will give details of how we can begin the process of adapting our churches to the new climate of hotter summers, wetter winters, more storms and multiple other changes.
Speaker: Chris Walsh is a researcher from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and has been gathering case studies of churches already dealing practically with climate change, and developing guidance on these issues. BOOK HERE

How to use your church to protect your community Friday 25th November, 12-1pm
Using case studies of churches that have already provided community services regularly and also as a result of emergencies, this webinar will explore what role the church has in community resilience and practical steps towards creating a resilience plan for your church.
Speaker: Chris Walsh. See above. BOOK HERE

Past webinars which are available to watch again

For links to the range of C of E Net Zero Carbon webinars, and environmental fundraising go to: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/webinars-getting-net-zero-carbon#na

Oxford Diocese Eco Hub
This describes itself as ’a one-stop shop for information, practical advice and theological reflection on how we can best care for God’s creation.’   It brings together resources from various organisations and groups, enabling us to find information to become agents of change.

Parish Buying Scheme
For clean electricity, and much more besides at competitive prices (including LED lighting, photocopiers, phones and broadband, insurance, office products, church supplies, furniture, fire safety, audio visual, and even Covid-19 supplies).

Electric Cars and Car Charging
This covers the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging; the rationale, technology, costs, benefits and choices surrounding purchasing/ leasing an electric vehicle and the charging infrastructure.
Speaker Phil Davies from Cumbria Action for Sustainability. CAfS is currently involved in rolling out community-owned electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK.

In the Home
In this Climate Assembly webinar, Rebecca Willis talks about energy efficiency, changes we could make, phasing out fossil fuels, the main focus being on zero carbon heating.

Housekeeping and Quick Wins
This webinar in the C of E series tells you where to start. Practical steps like setting boiler/heating controls, DIY draught proofing, timers, water saving, procurement of energy and energy bills. Simple steps that don’t cost the earth. Speaker: Matt Fulford from Inspired Efficiency is the sustainability advisor at Gloucester Diocese, and has carried out countless church energy audits as part of the national audit programme and the Oxford Diocese audit programme (in which HTHQ took part in the initial round). He led a project at his own church, to make St Michael and All Angels Withington a ‘zero carbon’ church.