ECOCHURCH is about helping committed Christians understand sustainability as a practical extension of their faith, and enable them to do something about it.
We must enable people to:
- Understand the challenge posed by sustainable development
- Understand the scriptural call to do something about it
- Know practically what they can do about it and ways to prioritise actions
- Inspire people to take action
- Consume more sustainably
- Have access to resources/expertise to help make it happen
ECOCHURCH means that we care passionately about creation and society and understand the urgent need for change towards sustainable living.
The five churches in Faringdon, working through the Ecumenical Justice & Peace Group and also through individual groups, are actively working towards a greener future.
Churches are notoriously wasteful in their energy consumption - particularly heating. Vast high buildings, stained glass single glazing, big leaky doors, listed building status & strict Historic Churches conditions preventing change make Churches a special challenge. And in some cases, the church buildings have to be heated 24/7 but are used much less.
Some of the churches have also set up Eco-teams to also involve the younger generation.