Churches Get Greener

by Michael Ford last modified 30 Jan, 2012 06:30 PM

Churchgoers from Dorset and Wiltshire will attend environmental workshops on Friday 18 March (St Nicholas Church Centre, Corfe Mullen, 9.30am-1.00pm) and Saturday 19 March (St James Church Devizes, 9.30am-1.00pm).

Churches Get Greener

Greening Your Church

The ‘Greening Your Church’ workshops will provide ideas and resources for local churches. Topics include generating energy from renewable sources, changing ways of working and worshipping to make best use of energy, setting targets for reduced carbon use, and buying green electricity from trusted suppliers.

Delegates will also hear of green energy bulk purchase schemes negotiated for parishes in Dorset and Wiltshire, worship and Bible study materials, policy development and engaging in the Church of England’s Shrinking the Footprint scheme.

Colin Brady, Social Responsibility Adviser for Dorset, said today: “I know from conversations I’ve had that there is a lot of enthusiasm in parishes for taking action to ensure our care of God’s creation. However, there is so much technical information, and so many views on the best actions to take, that it’s often difficult to know where to start. These workshops will help local churches make a substantial and sustainable difference. Even simple steps can help us to do more to use less.”

 

ENDS

Notes
Quote from Archbishop Rowan Williams: “There is little doubt that we in Europe, and across the globe, are now facing critical issues about the human relationship with the non human world in general, and our human ecological management in particular. The effects and implications of Climate Change, resource depletion, pollution and systemic breakdown raise enormous questions of discipleship for us. It is dangerous to separate economic costs from ecological values. Such thinking risks the loss of a sense of our rootedness in God’s Creation Covenant with the Earth, and with all that is therein.”

Links
Diocesan Environment Page 
Shrinking the Footprint 

Further information contact
Colin Brady, Social Responsibility Adviser for Dorset:
01258 839140, colin.brady@salisbury.anglican.org 

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