Eco Church

Eco Church & PCANZ   

Special Assembly 22 (see below) supported the proposal that the PCANZ become a denominational partner of Eco Church NZ and that individual presbyteries and parishes be encouraged to join Eco Church. Eco Church New Zealand  is churches across Aotearoa New Zealand actively caring for God’s earth as an integral part of their mission.  A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand established the Eco Church NZ Project in 2020 as an ecumenical initiative to support church communities to actively care for God’s earth as an integral part of their mission. 

Special Assembly also passed a motion that all ministry units within the Presbyterian Church undertake the A Rocha Eco Church survey www.ecochurch.org.nz/self-assessment-worksheet and choose one action point from each suggested area to complete over the coming year. 

Upcoming Eco Church Events

FOR DETAILS ON ALL ECO CHURCH EVENTS INCLUDING THOSE BELOW SEE THE NZ ECO CHURCH WEBSITE.

Oct - Nov 2022

Going Zero Waste - a free community wānanga - Saturday, 8 October 2022
9:30 am  12:30 pm at Cashmere New Life 
This wānanga introduces the concept of linear vs circular systems of taking, making, selling, using and disposing of our stuff, demonstrating that there is a much bigger story to our stuff than just how we get rid of it. open to anyone wanting to explore ways to lower or eliminate their waste at home, work, or community space.

SUSTAIN Camp, Raglan, Mon, 10 Oct - Fri, 14 Oct 
Know any rangatahi (Year 7-13) who are keen for an adventure this coming school holidays while developing their ecological discipleship? Check out the SUSTAIN camp in Whāingaroa Raglan! Join us as we explore many different expressions of faith and the local environment! Brought to you by Scripture Union New Zealand in partnership with A Rocha Aotearoa NZ's Karioi Project. See here for more info and to register.

Online event. Eco Church Kōrero: Ending Plastic Waste - Our part in a global movement, Monday, 7 November 2022
Join our kōrero about plastic waste. Includes an update on the UN Global Plastic Treaty and discussion on ways our faith communities can be part of this global initiative. 7:30 pm  8:30 pm

Special Assembly 2022 - Eco Church

SA22 supported the recommendations that the Council of Assembly:

a) Establish a working group for an initial period of six years to:  
i) promote initiatives to help the various part of the Presbyterian Church reduce carbon emissions by 5% per annum
ii) report to the General Assembly regarding how the Church is progressing in reducing carbon emissions
iii) in due course recommend to the General Assembly steps that could be taken to further the objective beyond the six years.
b) Adopt a framework to monitor carbon emissions of Assembly operations, make best endeavours to reduce carbon emissions of Assembly operations by 5% per annum, monitor progress in achieving that objective and report progress to each General Assembly until 2030, taking advice from the work group if it is deemed helpful.

  • Supported the proposal that the Presbyterian Church become a denominational partner of Eco Church NZ and that individual presbyteries and parishes be encouraged to join Eco Church. Eco Church NZ was launched in 2020 by A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand as a network and resource centre for churches engaged with caring  for creation. It began in the United Kingdom and is thriving in many parts of the world. Eco Church is free to register. All that is required is a statement of intent. Among the benefits of joining is a self-review process for mission planning, a subsidised programme for zero waste, networking events and resources for engaging with children and youth on ecology and biodiversity projects.

  • Passed a motion that all ministry units within the Presbyterian Church undertake the A Rocha Eco Church survey www.ecochurch.org.nz/self-assessment-worksheet and choose one action point from each suggested area to complete over the coming year. The suggested areas are: worship and teaching, church buildings, church land, community engagement and sustainable living.