Diocese of Newcastle


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As Christ’s disciples, we share a welcome duty of stewardship towards all of God’s Creation. This is particularly expressed in the fifth Mark of Mission agreed by the Anglican Consultative Council, which directs all Christians “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.”

We believe that:

  • Our relationship with the natural environment is integral to our relationship with God
  • Good ecology is a matter of social justice and so is central to what it means to be a Christian
  • Care for the environment should be a key component of Christian living – individually, as churches and as a diocese

Our Environmental Policy expresses our commitment to live out these principles, in:

  • Our worship and teaching
  • Our activities, land and buildings
  • Our strategy and planning
  • Our engagement with local communities, government and businesses

Environment Open Synod Forum

Update 13 March 2020

We were due to hold an Open Synod Forum on Saturday 21st March at the Northumberland Church of England Academy and the Bishop’s Officer for the Environment, the Revd Mark Nash-Williams, had pulled together a super agenda and workshops to help us focus our efforts on how we respond to environmental issues that we face.

However, as you may also appreciate, we are facing a more pressing issue in the form of coronavirus and how we respond to the ever changing situation. We have therefore taken the decision to postpone this Open Synod Forum until later this year.

Thank you to all who have worked with Mark to prepare for this Open Synod Forum. We will circulate a new date as soon as we have that confirmed.


Praying for the Earth

Download a copy of Praying for the Earth

Lent 2020: Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life, by Dr Ruth Valerio

Saying Yes to Life is a really interesting and stimulating book, full of good things. These resources may help you to make the most of it:

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The Venerable Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne: p.robinson@newcastle.anglican.org or call 01670 503810.

Bishops' Advisor on the Environment
The Revd Mark Nash-Williams, environment@newcastle.anglican.org

Facebook Group Newcastle Diocese Eco Champions Click here

Diocesan Energy Choices Network :
Inspired North East: inspiredne@newcastle.anglican.org or visit www.inspirednortheast.org.uk

For more information about the Church of England's Shrinking the Footprint campaign, visit their website.