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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. Our Resources are full of ideas to help you do this!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) and Kilbride Presbyterian (2013). Diocesan awards have been presented to the Catholic Diocese of Kerry (2012) and the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel and Ossory (2013). Stormont Church of Ireland, Belfast, received an award from Eco-Congregation Scotland before ECI was set up in 2005.
‘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 the ECI Treasurer, 10 Upper Beechwood Avenue, Dublin 6. 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.