Derby Cathedral wins an Eco Church Silver Award!

Written on 31/08/2022

Here at Derby Cathedral we are thrilled to announce that we have achieved Eco-Church Silver Award in recognition of our commitment to caring for the earth as a key part of the Christian faith.

The team and congregation have all contributed and now we are hoping to build on our success to work towards the next level – Gold!

The award itself considers a number of measures including how we care for the environment, the management of our buildings as well as engaging with our local community that demonstrate our awareness of sustainability issues.

Eco Church is an award scheme run by A Rocha UK, a Christian environmental charity ‘working for the protection and restoration of the natural world.’

The Eco Church Group aims to strengthen our care for God’s earth and all his creation as a core part of our faith at Christ Church. We completed an online survey that enables us to both record what we’re doing to care for God’s earth, and to reflect on what further steps we can take. The survey includes five key areas of church life:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildings
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

In granting the award Eco Church especially mentioned the Cathedral’s connections with the Wildlife Trust and the peregrine falcons, its involvement in planting trees including the “Trees for Derby” project, and our local engagement with the Council in supporting the bike event before Christmas.

Well done Derby Cathedral and thank you to members of JPCC (the Cathedral’s Justice, Peace and Creation Committee) and Carol Thomas, Chief Operating Officer for putting the application together.

To find out more about Eco Church go to www.arocha.org.uk

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