Welcome to the Eco-Corner!

Here, you can find out what we are doing at St Michael's to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. It's everybody's responsibility to look after the environment, so you can get some information here on the changes that you can make in your daily life to live more sustainably. If you'd like to take a more active role in environmental work in the community, then join the Eco Team, or attend the next event organised by the Eco Team. And read our latest Eco-Congregation news here.

St Michael's is a part of the Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative, which is a group that works to address some of the environmental challenges faced by Anglican churches in Johannesburg.

St Michael's is a member of Eco-Congregation, which is an international ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith, and respond in practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals, and in the local and global community.

Click here to download the St Michael's Environmental policy (PDF). 

Would you like to take an active role in caring for the environment? Join the St Michael's Eco Team! Contact Ross Richards or Noeleen Mullet.

Eco-Congregation

St Michaels is an Eco-Congregation.

The Eco-Congregation material is a toolkit of modules that provide Christian congregations with information and practical changes that can be made to exist more sustainably.

In order to become an Eco-Congregation, a parish needs to undertake an environmental audit. The audit covers 12 areas of congregational life, which are: mission, worship, theology, children's work, youth, adult education, property, management, land use, personal lifestyle, community outreach and global concerns.

Eco-Congregation then offers further modules, depending on the outcomes of the initial audit.

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Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI)

The Johannesburg Anglican Environmental Initiative (JAEI) is a formal body of the Diocese of Johannesburg, seeking to meet the challenges being faced by this generation with regards to the environment. We believe it is God's will that we look after this precious planet we call home.

The JAEI has been formed to:

  • Create an awareness among Johannesburg Anglican Christians of environmental concerns
  • Encourage parish environmental projects
  • Develop the concept of the eco-congregation among parishes
  • Network widely with all groups concerned with sustainable development and environmental issues
  • Be a resource to the Christian community in terms of environmental issues
  • Encourage environmental education
  • Develop position papers on major environmental issues to serve as guidelines for theological reflection and diocesan advocacy

JAEI Steering Group

At present JAEI consists of a steering group and several portfolios such as Eco-Congregations, theology and ethics, Eco-Breakfasts and Spirituality and Liturgy.

The advisor and consultative group consists of a network of associate and permanent members representing various fields of expertise and experience in environmental matters.

Networking

Many groups, parishes and individuals within the diocese are already involved in environmental projects e.g. peace gardens, organic farming, use of environmental liturgies, interest groups and outings, waste management and energy saving practices. JAEI would like to be both a further resource to some of the projects and also a network hub where people can share their projects with others.

Eco-Congregations

In order to develop a long term and sustainable approach to the eco-congregation concept in the diocese, JAEI is approaching several parishes to be a part of an initial pilot project. St Michael's is one of these parishes. Download and read the JAEI's Route Map for Eco-Congregations here (PDF).

Internationally the eco-congregation concept is an ecumenical environmental project providing free resources and support to churches. Their resources are available to member churches online. Locally, Kate Davies has produced a booklet called Creation Care, to assist faith communities engage with environmental issues.

Read more about St Michael's as an Eco-Congregation here.

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