“Our care for the environment and for all that God has created is an obligation for us as Christians and part of our response to the gospel. What we now know about climate change and the impact we humans make on the world we live in, means that it is imperative that we take this responsibility seriously. The Earth is our home. It is beautiful beyond words. It is God’s gift to us and so we must take care of it.”
Bishop Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of the earth which God has entrusted to us. We are also called to love our neighbours; this includes our global neighbours who are feeling the effects of climate change first and worst; and our future neighbours, who will inherit this world from us.
These principles are summed up by the Anglican Church’s 5th ‘Mark of Mission‘- ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.
As part of the national Church of England, the Diocese of Bath and Wells is committed to shrinking its own carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. In our Diocese we are working to encourage and equip churches and individual Christians to understand what this means and put it into practice in their worship, work and witness. We are doing this in various ways.
Organising and promoting Eco Church conferences across the diocese – these day conferences include talks on science and theology of creation care, the science around what is happening, speakers from churches who have gained EcoChurch awards, and practical workshops on all aspects of becoming Eco Church – worship and teaching, buildings, land, community and global engagement, and lifestyle.
Promoting Creation Care
Our Sixth Form Climate Conference at Wells Cathedral is once such example. Find out more about the conference. The Winter 2020 issue of Manna is focused on caring for creation and contains lots of inspiring stories and useful information. Find a copy at your church or read it on line.
Leading by example
We are committed to becoming an Eco Diocese and are members of Eco Church South West.
Keeping you up to date
Producing resources to support parishes in embedding creation care in their life and work, for example Living Well Lent, a series of biblical reflections, prayers, videos and challenges for adults, families and schools during Lent 2019.
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