The earth is the Lord's and everything in it. Psalm 24.1
EcoChurch is a local initiative of St Mark's. It is about being committed stewards of God's creation. It's about responding to the current environmental crisis in our global village, by taking actions as a church and as individuals.
Robert Nelson, who managed the tank
planning, funding and installation
EcoChurch is an environmental project for the parish and community that demonstrates our commitment to the stewardship of God's creation, provides connections with our local community, educates parishioners and community about climate change and other environmental issues, and facilitates action to reduce harmful environmental impact.
Environmental issues feature in the media almost every day. Two of the more significant ones are 'water' and 'greenhouse'. A growing number of Christians now understand that concern and responsibility for the environment flow directly from our faith. Many churches, particularly at their governing bodies' level, have considered environmental issues, prepared reports, and adopted resolutions – some have acted. This proposal is primarily about taking action – doing things to reduce both town water use and greenhouse gas emissions.
A project team has developed three strategies:
EcoChurch was launched and dedicated on Palm Sunday 2007, the day after 'Earth Hour' – an initiative of World Wildlife Fund and the Sydney Morning Herald to switch off Sydney's lights for one hour from 7.30pm on Saturday 31 March 2007 – "to show the world that Sydney cares enough about global warming to take action." As a special project, EcoChurch ran to World Environmental Day 2008. EcoChurch is now part of the norm.
The EcoChurch Project team comprises Bridget McKern, Bruce Cooke, Robert Nelson and Sandra Scott.
For further information contact Bruce Cooke telephone +61 (0)412 680 430.
The adopted visual comprises four segments representing:
The quadrants are contained within a space forming a cross.
The logo is copyright, however St Mark's would be pleased to discuss establishing EcoChurch with other communities of faith.
Sisters on the Planet, an International Women's Day event celebrating inspiring women and climate change. An ecumenical gathering on 8 March 2009 supported by Brighton-Kogarah Uniting Church and Oxfam Australia. More ...
Images of EcoChurch highlights are included in St Mark's Photo Gallery.
Achievements to date:
Bruce Cooke and Chris Albany represented St Mark's at the Faith Ecology Network series of seminars 'Climate Faith Change' held at Auburn in June 2007. The seminars explored the various faith responses to climate change. The Network is an initiative of the Columban Centre for Peace Ecology and Justice based in Sydney. It was wonderful to more deeply understand Aboriginal, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha'i, Catholic, Uniting, Hindu, Jewish, Anglican faiths and their understanding of the ‘world'. An Anglican response to Climate Change was given by Bruce Cooke at one of the seminars.
Recycling centre at St Mark's
Each month flyers are being distributed at St Mark's. They focus on one environmental opportunity and provide practical advice on 'how to' implement positive actions. The flyers published to date include:
Rate Your Home's Environmental Performance - use the NABERS home rating tool to find out how much energy and water your household is consuming. The tool is free and easy to use. The tool will tell you whether your home is a poor, average or a top performer. Visit www.nabers.com.au
Sydney and church media have taken up the EcoChurch story - local group implementing actions and supporting WWF's Earth Hour campaigns.
Prayer and meditation resources for the world and the environment.
Anglican Church of Australia
Environment Working Group of the General Synod
Australian Anglican Environmental Network
An association of dioceses within the Anglican Church of Australia that have taken up their responsibility to the Fifth Mark of Mission by establishing Diocesan Environment Commissions
Sydney Anglican Diocese
Climate change from the Social Issues Executive
Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Environmental Commission as a social justice issue
Anglican Church in Melbourne
Environmental Committee as a social justice issue
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
A multi-faith network committed to taking the action on this most pressing issue of our time
The Columban Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice
Committed to advancing these issues from a global and Christian perspective
Australian Greenhouse Office
Delivering the majority of programmes under the Australian Government's climate change strategy
NSW Government Climate Change website
Information on the initiatives of the NSW Government in climate change and greenhouse issues
The local council area, in which St Mark's is located, has a strong environmental focus.
The Climate Institute
An independent group that works with community, business and government
driving innovative and effective climate change solutions
WWF - Australia
Part of the WWF International Network - the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. The mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature
Season of Creation
For the four Sundays in September (prior to St Francis of Assisi Day, 4 October) an ecumenical group proposes that we celebrate with Christ, the wonders of creation. This website includes liturgical resources for the season