Congratulations to Broadway URC who became the first of our new award holders for 2021, now that they have gained the Bronze Eco Church Award. This brings our current total to 10 Bronze Award holders and 5 Silver Award holders. Of the 108 churches in the Synod (including our LEPs), 39% - almost 2 in 5 - have registered for Eco Church, and around 1 in 7 of our churches have already gained an award. Who will be next to gain their first award, or to "upgrade" from Bronze to Silver, or be the first in the West Midlands to gain Gold accreditation?
We are delighted that the Synod Office in Birmingham has received the Bronze Eco Church Award. Synod Moderator, Stave Faber, says, "This is an important milestone on our way towards treading more lightly on the earth and preserving the integrity of creation. It recognises what we've already been able to do at the Synod Office to make it a 'greener' place to work, and we've already identified some steps that we intend to take as we work towards further ecological improvements at the office, whist we will be trying to put in place during 2021."
This is a visible mark of the Synod's commitment to supporting A Rocha's Eco Church award scheme, and we hope that it will encourage more churches to make changes in their practices and gain Eco Church accreditation as well.