Welcome to Eco-Congregation Ireland!

Our vision is to see churches throughout Ireland adopt an eco approach to worship, lifestyle, property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.  We hope you and your church will find this site a practical help in making the link between the environment and the Christian faith.

Keep an eye out for regular updates to our News and Eco-Examples!

You can download the ECI flyer and read our 2018 Annual Review here.

Read our latest newsletter here.

You can access Creation Time 2019 resources here.

  • Sign up to receive our Newsletter!  If you would like to receive our bi-monthly email newsletter, simply send an email with the word 'subscribe' in the subject line to [email protected].  The newsletter contains updates on the journey of our Climate Justice Candle, news from Eco-Congregations throughout Ireland, news of upcoming events, environmental and climate change news, eco-tips and a Prayer for the Earth.
  • Help us shine a light on climate justice!  We are delighted that churches throughout Ireland are joining us in our Shine a Light on Climate Justiceinitiative.  Our Climate Justice Candle is travelling throughout Ireland helping to raise awareness of climate justice in churches and parishes.
  • A good way to get started is by completing our Environmental Check Up for Your Church! Send us your completed Checklist and one of our committee will be in touch to help you move towards an application for an Eco-Congregation Ireland award.
  • Eco-Congregation Ireland Certificates - We will award two certificates in the earlier stages of your journey towards the final Eco-Congregation Ireland Award to mark stages on the way - the Awareness Certificate and the Endeavour Certificate.  We will send your church an Awareness Certificate when you let us know that you have begun your environmental journey and when you get a bit further along the road, we will present you with an Endeavour Certificate. After two years you can then apply for the overall Eco-Congregation Ireland Award.
  • Check out our climate change resource to learn more about climate change and for ideas on how to green your church and community.
  • Helpful Background Information - our resources are full of ideas to help you learn more about all aspects of greening your church or parish.

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Leading Irish climate scientist, Prof John Sweeney of NUI Maynooth, says: "Eco-Congregation provides a dynamic that is inspirational, and the sense of community which this ecumenical organisation fosters offers a template for what needs to be done at national and international levels to address the complex problems involved in translating local action to global benefits."

"This is why Eco-Congregation Ireland is so important," says Dr Alastair McIntosh, Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. "It's about forming green groups in your church, about having a check-up of the environmental issues in your church, getting the authority of your church decision-making body and then working towards a series of steps which, although practical on the outside, on the inside are about a deepening of the spiritual life, about inner transformation and the regeneration of what the church and community is."

The scripts of the talks delivered at our inaugural conference may be downloaded here.

If your church has been working consistently on environmental issues for two years or more, you might like to apply for an Eco Award. If so, all you need to do is send an A4 page outlining your eco activities to [email protected]

ECI has made awards to the following churches -  Clonakilty Methodist (2008 & 2013), Whitechurch Church of Ireland (2011), Dundrum Methodist (2011), Fitzroy Presbyterian (2011), Rathfarnham Quakers (2011), Rathfarnham Church of Ireland (2012), Oblate parishes of Inchicore (2012), Kilbride Presbyterian (2013), Carrigaline Union of Parishes (2014), South Belfast Quakers (2014), Cabra West Parish (2015) and Ballineaspaig (2015), Balally Parish (2016), Sisters of Mercy Western Province (2016), An Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre, Wicklow (2017), St James Church of Ireland, Crinken and St Anne's RC parishes in Shankill, Co Dublin (2017), Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Co Antrim (2018), Westport Eco-Congregation (Holy Trinity Church of Ireland & St Mary's Catholic Church) (2018), SMA Parish, Wilton, Cork (2018), Newtownbreda (St John's) Presbyterian Church (2018), Tuam Parish (2019). Stormont Church of Ireland, Belfast, received an award from Eco-Congregation Scotland before ECI was set up in 2005.

Diocesan awards have been presented to the Catholic Diocese of Kerry (2012) and the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel and Ossory (2013). 

‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

The world, and all who live in it’

~ Psalm 24 v 1

Eco-Congregation Ireland relies on donations and grants from individuals and various bodies. Donations can be made by sending a cheque made payable to ’Eco-Congregation Ireland’ to Rev Andrew Orr, ECI Chair, 13 The Pinnacles, Broomfield, Midleton, Co Cork P25 KN12. Online donations can be made directly to the Eco-Congregation Ireland account, Ulster Bank, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. IBAN: IE68 ULSB 9850 5010 3739 01. As well as a small annual sub we receive each year from the Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist churches and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), we are grateful for recent financial support from Trócaire, the World Day of Prayer, the Home Mission Department of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Irish Quaker Faith in Action and Robert & Kezia Stanley Chapman Trust.

Eco-Congregation Ireland is grateful to have received financial support over the years from Trόcaire, Christian Aid, the Franciscan Province of Ireland, the
Church of Ireland Priorities Fund, the Presbyterian Association Foundation,
the Home Mission Department of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Irish
Quaker Faith in Action and the Robert and Kezia Stanley Chapman Trust
as well as the small annual sub from the Roman Catholic, Church
of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist churches and the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland.