A Rocha UK Launches Eco Church

A new eco award scheme for UK churches has been developed by JRI partner A Rocha UK with Tearfund and Christian Aid, and was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th January. Supported by major denominations including the Church of England, Methodist Church and Baptist Union, and various environmental organisations, Eco Church provides a free online survey for churches to measure their contribution to environmental care, and resources to assist with any issues raised. Points are awarded as the church answers questions on the use of buildings and land, worship and teaching, congregation lifestyles and concern for local and global environment, and these add to the reward of bronze, silver and gold awards. The Eco Church scheme replaces the Eco-congregation awards which were given to more than 300 churches during the 15 years it was running. Among representatives at the launch was JRI Chairman Revd Dr John Weaver who reported on the event for the Baptist Times. Full details of the scheme are available from the A Rocha UK website