Tools to Care for Creation

by Gerry Lynch last modified 08 Nov, 2016 03:42 PM

Salisbury parish to host launch of series of events helping churches care for God’s creation

St Paul’s Church in Salisbury will host the first of a series of events aiming to help churches care for God’s creation.

The Tools for Transformation events are jointly organised by Christian environmental charity A Rocha UK and the Dioceses of Salisbury and Winchester. Although organised by the Church of England, the events are open to, and relevant for, Christians of all denominations. As well as the Salisbury launch event, there will be events in Devizes, Dorchester, and Poole (details here) as well as five locations in the Diocese of Winchester (details of these here).

The St Paul’s launch event will be attended by Bishop Nicholas and will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 16 November. It will explain the new Eco Church awards scheme, which helps and rewards churches for protecting the planet – Salisbury Cathedral recently won a bronze Eco Church award (read more here).

Andy Lester, Conservation Director at A Rocha UK, with a background in ecology, economics and the corporate sector, will be the keynote speaker.

Andy said, “The UK's churches should be leading the way on such a critical issue – after all the planet is God's, not our own.

“Gone are the days when environmental issues are merely a bolt-on for the interested few. As with poverty, trade and justice issues, finding creative and imaginative ways to rescue our planet is increasingly in the hands of the Church.

“Eco Church links practical action with sound biblical thinking, helping churches become a power for good for nature conservation and for the wider community. It helps motivate us to think globally and act locally, knowing that every tree planted, every bird box erected and every pond dug is an act of worship to God our creator.”

Bishop Nicholas added, “Tackling climate change and protecting our environment isn’t just a technical or scientific issue – it’s also a moral and spiritual issue, for people of all faiths or none. It’s about our beliefs and values, and how we put them into practice.

“I really want churches of all denominations to take part in the Salisbury event or one of the others taking place across Wiltshire, Dorset, and Hampshire. It is such an important issue for us to address locally.”

A Rocha UK is Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world. Find out more at arocha.org.uk.

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