A new eco-church champion for Wales
Delyth Higgins has joined Christian conservation charity, A Rocha UK, as their Eco Church Officer for Wales. Delyth joins at a time of increasing demand for Eco Church as more churches seek support to take practical action on caring for God's earth. Delyth is Welsh-speaking and lives in Swansea. Previously she has worked with Renew Wales, the national programme which supports community groups to take action on climate change.
Eco Church has a good take up in Wales with over 150 registered churches. Feedback from these churches highlighted the demand for a more regional presence to coordinate events, networks, and promotion of the scheme.
A Rocha UK aims to widen and deepen Eco Churches reach in Wales. There is the hope that more churches of different sizes and denominations will register for Eco Church.
Wales is home to large churches in growing cities to small, rural traditional chapels and parishes and Delyth hopes to encourage many of them to become Eco Churches.
Churches will benefit from shared learning, support, ideas and resources and speaking with those who have already done something similar. There are already new EC resources available in Welsh which Delyth will build upon as well as being able to offer more talks and events in the Welsh language. A Rocha UK works to protect and restore the natural world by equipping Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment as a regular part of their individual life and church mission.
Delyth says: ‘Since moving house three years ago, I have become even more aware of nature and take an interest in watching the huge variety of birds that come into the garden and the beautiful views towards the mountains in the north – through the changing seasons. I am looking forward to meeting the people around Wales who have, who are and who will be embarking on the Eco Church scheme and in particular, building relationships and networks amongst churches throughout Wales so that they can learn from, support and encourage each other.”
Helen Stephens, Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK, said: “ We are keen to promote and embed Eco Church more deeply across Wales recognising that there are unqiue challenges in different parts of the country. So we are delighted to welcome Delyth Higgins to A Rocha UK to expand and deepen the work of Eco Church in Wales when there has never been a more urgent time for the Church to play its role (along with other sectors of society) in caring for this precious planet.
She brings insight and wisdom from her years at Renew Wales which has already seen her work with churches on the issue of climate change and having lived in Wales for all of her life (CHECK), has a deep understanding of the culture. . She is joining a very busy Eco Church team and I look forward to working with her.”