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 SEE THE NZ ECO CHURCH WEBSITE.

July - August 2022

Online Eco Church Kōrero:
Theme: Supporting children and youth in ecological discipleship
Date: Thursday 7 July 2022
Time: 7.30pm - 8:30pm

Auckland Sustainability Champions Workshop 2022
The Anglican Diocese of Auckland, a partner of Eco Church, is organising and the theme is: "Planting, growing and sharing together".
When: 9:30am - 3pm, Sat, 9 July 2022
Where: St John's Royal Oak - 6 Chandler Avenue, Royal Oak

Online Eco Church Wānanga
Calling all church-based eco reps and those interested in Eco Church from across the motu!
Three-part interactive online wānanga for Eco Church kaihāpai / advocates.
25 July - Session 1: What is an Eco Church?
1 Aug - Session 2: How do Eco Churches work in practice?
8 Aug - Session 3: Challenges, opportunities and what YOU can do
Who: Anyone who wants to support their church to care for the environment
When: 7:30pm - 9pm on Mondays 25 July, 1 Aug, 8 Aug
Where: Zoom, in the comfort of your own home
Download the Wananga poster here.

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.