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Winners of Church Times Green Awards announced

Describing climate change as an 'issue of inter-generational justice',  Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, announced the winners of the Church Times Green Church Awards at a ceremony  at Lambeth Palace on 16 October.

The ecumenical awards, which were last held ten years ago, attracted 117 entries in five categories. Winning entries included a church in County Durham that has involved over 1000 young people in guerrilla gardening and a church in South London that is building a new church hall made out of straw bales.

In a message to the finalists, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: "Responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation. Meanwhile, to love our neighbour - particularly, in this case, our neighbour whom we may never meet but who lives daily with the profound threat posed by this moral crisis - is at the core of what it is to follow Jesus Christ.

'The dedication and devotion of those shortlisted for the Green Church awards is extraordinary and their recognition well deserved."

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Anglican primates discuss action on climate change

Disappearing islands in the south Pacific, recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and food security issues in Africa were amongst the items discussed by Anglican church leaders as they discussed climate change and the environment during the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury. To read the full release click here.

Energy partnership at Lambeth

Lambeth Palace has featured as a case study in a recent article about the National Trust network Fit for the Future. Experts from Historic England and National Trust toured the site and shared their knowledge on improving energy efficiency and comfort. Energy consultant Paul Hamley is now monitoring the energy use at Lambeth with the aim of making changes to enhance building performance. Many of the lessons learnt can be easily transferred to churches - ensuring windows draughts are limited, removing build up of paint on old radiators and servicing them and making sure thermostats are not located next to windows. Each small change can cumulatively make a big difference to energy bills and how welcoming and comfortable the building feels. Read the article here.

 World Day of Prayer for Creation

A joint message from Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was released on World Day of Prayer for Creation - 1st September 2017. This also marks the first day of Creationtide which runs until 4th October. More resources can be found at here.

The full text of the message can be read below.

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