In France, 500 communities have obtained the Green Church label in three years!

Launched in 2017 in the wake of the Paris Conference, the Interreligious Fast for the Climate and the encyclical Laudato si ', the Green Church label has welcomed and supported 500 communities in three years. 

THEassociation Green church brings together representatives of different Christian, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox communities around a single objective: ecological conversion of the church in France. On its site, it defines its approach around five points which place ecological conversion at the heart of a commitment guided by faith.

"Because we believe that God reveals himself through his work, and that he has entrusted it to men who must cultivate and keep it,
Because life on earth is a blessing and shows the love of God, and acting to preserve it is a way of loving one's neighbor and acting for justice,
Because the ecological crisis commits us to hear the cry of the earth which “moans in labor of childbirth” (Rom 8,22) and to choose, in hope, ways of life which prepare the emergence of a new creation now and beyond,
Because God's people can pray and act to bring this hope to the world,
Because we are aware that it is by converting together that we will be able to build this more just and ecological world necessary for the survival of humanity. "

On the occasion of the five years of the Paris Agreement signed on December 12, 2015, the National Council of Evangelicals of France just announced that 500 communities have obtained the Green Church label in 2020. A figure five times higher than the objective set by the association when it was created in 2017.

The approach that wishes to promote the ecological conversion of Christian communities was inspired by initiatives already present in other countries such as the Green Church network in Canada, Eco-chruch in the United Kingdom or the Green Roosters in Germany.

To obtain this label, you must answer the 80 questions which constitute a Eco-diagnosis. The communities are then scored according to a classification that refers to biblical plants. Only one has already reached the highest stage, the Cedar of Lebanon, this is the Nicodeme House located in Lens which has thus succeeded in distinguishing itself in the 5 areas of Eco-diagnosis simultaneously, namely: liturgy, buildings, land, lifestyles, local and global engagement. 25% are in the vine stock, 40% field lilies and 25% are still in the mustard seed stage.

Through their commitments, the Green Churches wish to contribute to the "ecological conversion that humanity must carry out for climate justice and respect for the poorest, the first victims of the upheavals in progress".


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