Whitechurch Parish Eco

Sustainable Energy in Creation - Time for Prayer and Action.

Energy is a gift from God as part of his creation but one we hardly notice... until there's a power cut! But one in five people in the world has no access at all to electricity and two in five rely on burning anything from wood to animal excrement for cooking and heating.

2012 is the UN Year of Sustainable Energy for All, with a target of giving the whole world reliable, clean energy by 2030. This is not just a subject for the developing world. Here we need to make radical changes to move away from electricity generated by climate-change causing and increasingly expensive fossil fuels to renewable options, together with greater efficiency and lower consumption.

As Christians we need to be aware of the issues and know what we can do as individuals and as churches both to care for the planet and to care for the poor who lack energy. This is why CTBI has made Sustainable Energy its theme for the 2012 Creation Time season, and we hope you will make use of our materials in churches and groups and as individuals.

Sustainable Energy for all Fact Sheet for Creation Time 2012


Energy is a gift from God as part of his creation but one we hardly notice... until there’s a power cut!  But one in five people in the world has no access to electricity and misses out on tools, communication and so many opportunities we take for granted. Two in five rely on burning anything from wood to animal excrement for cooking and heating, and the smoke and gas from this damage both environment and health: two million people a year are estimated to die as a result.

 

The United Nations has made 2012 the Year of Sustainable Energy for All, with a target of giving the whole world reliable and clean energy by 2030. But this is not just a subject for the developing world.  Here we need to make radical changes to move away from electricity generated by climate-change causing and increasingly expensive fossil fuels to renewable options, together with greater efficiency and lower consumption. These alternatives are proving controversial and we still have some issues to resolve, but we are running out of time to achieve the targets that scientists are saying are needed.

 

This may seem like something we can leave to the experts but, as Christians, we have twin responsibilities both to care for the poor and to care for the planet. So we need to be aware of the issues and know what we can do as individuals and as churches to take action. This is why Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) is making Sustainable Energy its theme for the 2012 Creation Time season, and we hope you will make use of the materials in churches, home groups and as individuals.

 

Creation Time takes place each year between 1 September and 4 October. CTBI’s downloadable resources including sermon notes, prayers of intercession, group study resources and liturgical material are available at www.ctbi.org.uk/creationtime


Eco-Congregation Ireland has again been involved in preparing Creation Time resources, which will be available shortly from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website – www.ctbi.org.uk   Included will be sermon outlines, prayers, group study notes, harvest festival ideas and background information on this year's theme of sustainable energy.

Eco-Congregation Ireland encourages churches to adopt an eco approach to worship, lifestyle, property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world. It offers resources and practical suggestions for churches and individual Christians who wish to live out their vocation to care for God’s Creation as part of their Christian faith. It was initiated by the Church in Society Forum – a standing committee of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting - in 2005. For further information see www.ecocongregationireland.com


[l-r] Brian Hatton, Reg Richards, Mayor Caitriona Jones, Pam Sheil, Canon Horace McKinley

‘Beautiful South Dublin County’ Competition ceremony took place in county Hall, Tallaght on Tuesday 15th November 2011. 

Mayor Caitriona Jones presented the awards and said ‘It is encouraging to see the number of entries received for Beautiful South Dublin County Competition, and indeed the range of categories representing residential, business, and community initiatives. I am especially delighted to see a category for schools, I know that the good work and habits associated with these awards will always stay with the young people here and have a positive effect on the future of this County.’

The Beautiful South Dublin County Competition recognises community groups, businesses, residents associations and schools who take positive action in creating a better place for all of us. The judges commended areas kept free from litter, with good landscaping and evidence of community involvement. Entries were received for the Beautiful South Dublin County Competition covering 16 categories representing residential, business, community and schools initiatives.

Our own Whitechurch Parish came first in the category “Best Biodiversity Initiative” for the second year running. So well done indeed to all involved. Let’s keep up the good work!

Pamela Sheil

Sunday
27th. March, 2011 - 3Rock Churches Environmental Group (TRCEG) Ecumenical Service.
The local area Churches that support the ‘Eco- Congregation’ programme hold regular ecumenical services. This year, it was our turn to host this service. The service was designated ‘Water Awareness’ Sunday. A most wonderful reflection was given by Canon Patrick Comerford. Here are some photographs of the event:-

 



Eco-Congregation Award on 6th. March, 2011

Upon receiving the award, Whitechurch’s Rector, Canon Horace McKinley, commented:

“Thanks to the vision and leadership of parishioners Pamela Sheil and Reg Richards, the whole basis by which this award was achieved was very well planned and set up. And there are already active forward plans to build upon and further enhance our parish’s eco-congregation strategy. I really would encourage every parish, whether rural or urban, to buy in to this stimulating programme. Once a parish adopts this programme, it will quickly find this has a positive and beneficial knock-on effect. Here, for example, Eco-congregation has become an automatic item on the agenda of every Select Vestry meeting. This then creates a dynamic whereby the eco-congregation message then percolates down in to other sectors in the parish’s life. The Eco-congregation programme fully reflects our biblical inheritance and the consequent obligations and imperatives that this requires of today’s churches”.

 

 

 

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