Eco Church is ‘launching locally’ in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire as the Anglican dioceses join forces with Christian Aid, Tearfund and A Rocha UK to boost the scheme across the region. Salisbury and Winchester dioceses’ Tools For Transformation events will explore A Rocha UK’s award scheme and the Big Church Switch – and share stories from local church eco-journeys.
Christian Aid and Tearfund were involved in the launch of Eco Church, which has attracted more than 350 churches. Now those partners are working together with A Rocha UK to help even more Christians catch the vision of the scheme. A Rocha UK Churches & Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester will speak at the Hampshire and Dorset/Wiltshire events respectively through November, January and February.
‘We’ve called it Tools for Transformation as we believe they can be first steps towards a church engaging with the biblical injunction to “care for our common home”,’ said Chair of Salisbury Diocesan Environmental Group, David Morgan.
‘I’ve often heard people say, “I’m the only green champion in my church – how can I get others interested?” This programme is designed exactly for those seeking to spread the word.’ David is involved in the Diocesan Environmental Groups for Salisbury and Winchester. ‘There will be introductory words from a bishop on four of the evenings, but they are ecumenical and free,’ he explained.
People in other parts of the country are already being inspired to organise their own Tools for Transformation tour. ‘Christian Aid workers in other areas are asking if there are any other volunteers who’d help,’ said David. ‘It’s a great opportunity for A Rocha supporters.’