Adamstown Uniting Church, NSW

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From left: Jessica Morthorpe, Chair of Church Council Jenny Barnes and Rev. Rod Pattenden.

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Left: Rev. Rod Pattenden (Minister of Adamstown Uniting Church) and Jessica Morthorpe (founder of the Five Leaf Eco-Awards) with the new Messy Church Vegetable Garden.

Press Release: Pudding Church Wins Environmental Awards

Adamstown Uniting Church (known to many as ‘the pudding church’) was presented with two prestigious Five Leaf Eco-Awards on Sunday, one of only 27 churches in Australia to have been recognised by the program for their environmental achievements.

Adamstown Uniting Church was recognised for completing a range of environmental actions including energy efficiency measures and holding creative environment themed worship services such as their annual Sustainability Sunday event, which incorporates discussions about ethical purchasing, Fairtrade products, recycling and power use.

Five Leaf Eco-Awards founder Jessica Morthorpe travelled to Newcastle to present the awards to the Adamstown Uniting Church community.

“I particularly love the idea of Rev. Rod’s creative stoles, including the one made from plastic bags and his growing stole – which has small pockets containing plants in it, making him a ‘walking garden’ and a living symbol of our call to care for the earth,” Ms Morthorpe said.

The church was also recognised for their ‘Ecotheology and the Arts’ and ‘Ecological Eye’ art exhibitions, Messy Church Vegetable Garden, the ‘Love of Creation’ lecture series led by Di Rayson and their focus on sustainability, food justice and the environment at the recent Inspiracy Festival.

Ms Morthope said she was excited by the church’s new and ongoing environmental projects, and their budding partnership with a church in the climate change affected Pacific nation of Tuvalu. “I hope to be back soon to present more awards,” she said.

The Five Leaf Eco-Awards are a national ecumenical environmental change initiative that assists, inspires and rewards churches and religious organisations for environmental action. There are currently six awards of varying difficulty available.

Ms Morthorpe said “Founded in 2008, the Five Leaf Eco-Awards are non- competitive, with churches completing tasks from a list of flexible criteria to earn each certificate. The program is designed to encourage churches to embrace the important role they are called to play within the environmental movement.

“Christian eco-theology and teaching on the environment make it very clear that caring for Creation is a vital priority for the Church.

“All around the world churches are embracing action by creating more environmentally friendly buildings, helping members of their congregations to change their behaviour, educating their communities on sustainability and advocating with decision makers to give greater consideration to the poor and the environment.

“In Australia, our network of Five Leaf Eco-Awards churches is at the forefront of this growing church greening movement.”

The Five Leaf Eco-Awards are a national ecumenical environmental change initiative that assists, inspires and rewards churches and religious organisations for environmental action. There are currently six awards of varying difficulty available.

Ms Morthorpe said “Founded in 2008, the Five Leaf Eco-Awards are non- competitive, with churches completing tasks from a list of flexible criteria to earn each certificate. The program is designed to encourage churches to embrace the important role they are called to play within the environmental movement.

“Christian eco-theology and teaching on the environment make it very clear that caring for Creation is a vital priority for the Church.

“All around the world churches are embracing action by creating more environmentally friendly buildings, helping members of their congregations to change their behaviour, educating their communities on sustainability and advocating with decision makers to give greater consideration to the poor and the environment.

“In Australia, our network of Five Leaf Eco-Awards churches is at the forefront of this growing church greening movement.”

 

 

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