For 6 years, the Green Church label has been helping Christian communities to progress on the path to ecological conversion: local churches, works, monasteries, places of reception, apostolic congregations, groups of teenagers and young people, families... every type of community benefits from a specially adapted “variation” of this practical tool.
Le Green Church label was launched on September 16, 2017, during the Time for Creation (period from September 1 to October 4 during which Christians around the world are invited to pray and act for the protection of Creation), by the CECEF, Council of Christian Churches in France (the ecumenical coordination platform in our country, of which the Conference of Bishops, the Protestant Federation, the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops, the CNEF, the Anglican Church, the Churches of the East, etc. are members. Green Church was born in the wake of the Christian mobilization for COP21 in 2015 in Paris and the fallout from Pope Francis' encyclical “Laudato Si'“, on the care of the common home, also released in 2015. This tool is inspired by existing international initiatives, notably the Eco Church approach, supported by The rock UK.
What are the stages of a Green Church approach?
The community makes the decision to register and mandates a team to coordinate the process. Upon registration, the community is labeled “Greine de mustard” level (all levels of the label have biblical plant names). The team begins by evaluating the ecological practices of the community, thanks to the eco-diagnosis: around 80 questions divided into 5 areas, Spiritual life, Buildings, Land, Local and global commitments and Lifestyles. Each question is already a course of action: it is therefore easy to identify an action program following the evaluation, a program which is left to the free choice of each community. A personalized welcome meeting is then offered by the national team, which validates a new level of label, according to the results of the eco-diagnosis: Lily of the Field, Vine Vine, Fig Tree or Cedar of Lebanon. Communities are encouraged to regularly update their eco-diagnosis, in order to progress, take root and deepen their approach to caring for Creation. Practical sheets, videoconference training and other resources support community projects.
Who is part of Green Church?
The network is now made up of more than 850 communities: 600 parishes and local churches (including 150 Protestants), 180 associations (schools, reception centers, diocesan houses, etc.), 24 monasteries, 57 apostolic communities. A dozen Green Church family courses have been launched. A interactive map allows you to find communities near you: talking with a neighboring church that is already involved is a very good way to get started!
Why the Green Church label?
Because life on earth is a blessing and shows God’s love, and acting to preserve it is a way of loving your neighbor and acting for justice. Because we are aware that it is by converting together that we will contribute to building this more just and ecological world necessary for the survival of humanity (extract from the spiritual principles of the Green Church). We encourage all Christian communities to join this process!