Eco Congregation is an environmental programme which seeks to find the link between the environment and faith and is open to all Christian denominations throughout Ireland and Britain.

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Miriam Gormally met up with Fiona Murdoch the Communications Officer from Eco Congregation Ireland, she began by explaining the groups origins.

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Eco Congregation

source – www.ecocongregationireland.org

Eco Congregation is developed through a partnership between the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and the environmental awareness charity Going for Green (now ENCAMS).

Eco-Congregation Ireland has been developed in co-operation with four churches the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church whose ecological representatives are in touch with the many groups operating in Britain and Europe. The programme is available to all parishes with a keen interest in environmental issues and offers resources and support to help them to take practical action in the context of their Christian faith.

A simple environmental audit is provided to help congregations assess what they are already doing and to determine future priorities. They are then encouraged to download the appropriate resource modules which aim to integrate environmental care into different areas of church life. Each church will normally choose three modules on which to concentrate for the year from a list including: Worship and Teaching, Childrens and Youth Work, Property and Grounds Management, Finance Purchasing and Waste, Personal Lifestyles, Working with the Local Community and Thinking Globally.

Eco-Congregation Ireland is an internet initiative and therefore all resources are free and can be downloaded from this website. The modules are designed to enable congregations to become self-sufficient and monitor their own progress. Just register your interest with us and we will send you a starter pack, which includes a special Eco-Congregation Ireland folder and Module One an environmental audit. Once you have completed this audit, you are on your way to becoming an eco congregation!