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.
You can download our flyer here - ECI flyer.
- Sign up to receive our Newsletter! If you would like to receive our monthly email newsletter, simply send an email with the word 'subscribe' in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Justice’ initiative. 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.
- Learn about what other churches have done - Environmental Initiatives by Church Groups in Ireland, How can I reduce my carbon footprint, Eco Tips.
- 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@example.com.
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). 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, The Rectory, Tullow, Co Carlow. 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.