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We are a Bronze Eco Diocese

Bishop Christopher is proud to announce that the Diocese of Coventry has been awarded the Bronze Eco Diocese Award by A Rocha UK. Coventry is only the 6th diocese in England and Wales to receive this award.

The CEO of A Rocha UK, Andy Atkins, emailed Bishop Christopher to inform him of the award. In the email, he said:

"It's great to hear about clergy spending time considering creation care issues during their sabbaticals, of conferences held in the Cathedral on huge challenges such as working towards a zero carbon economy; and also to know of the Diocese' ongoing commitment as expressed in the Environment policy 'to 'transform communities' and 'thereby to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation...' as central to worship, life, work and mission.

We are seeing this outworking across the country as more and more churches commit to caring for creation across every aspect of church life and are hearing anecdotally of churches seeing newcomers, attracted because of churches taking action on the environment and in many cases, involving others (groups and individuals) from the wider community. 

So, thank you for being part of this work in Coventry Diocese. We look forward to continuing our work together and will support the progression of Eco Diocese in whatever ways we can."

Headed up by Diocesan Environment Officer, Godfrey Armitage, the Diocesan Environment Group promotes care of creation throughout the diocese. You can read about their work on their webpages here. Godfrey and the team are grateful to all the Deanery Synods who have had presentations on Eco Church in the last three years and for all the 42 parishes that have responded by signing up to Eco Church to date. Ten parishes have achieved Bronze awards, four have Silver awards and St Andrew’s in Rugby is one of only seven parishes nationally to have achieved a Gold award. The work of all the parishes signed up to Eco Church contributed to the diocese’s Bronze award.

Godfrey says:

"At a time when so many people are concerned about climate change and biodiversity loss, it is good to know that so many in our diocese are working in practical ways, however small, to try to make a difference to our wonderful world. As the theologian, Professor Richard Bauckham says: 'God can make of what we do much more than we can make of it ourselves.'"

If you and your church are interested in joining the Eco Church scheme, please look at the DEG webpages and the Eco Church website for further information. To reach the threshold for the Silver Eco Diocese Award, we need seven more churches to register and ten more to achieve awards. Perhaps you could be one of these!

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