Sustainability success for Clarence Uniting Church

CLARENCE Uniting Church is the first church in Tasmania to be recognised for its environmental sustainability efforts at the Five Leaf Eco-Awards.

Community members celebrated the presentation of two prestigious Five Leaf Eco-Awards, a Basic Certificate and an Eco-Worship Award.

The church had been recognised for its worship of ecological themes and eco-theology, and its energy efficient lighting, energy audit and efficiency measures, as well as paper use reduction.

Church members had also participated in Clean Up Australia Day, the Season of Creation and congregational environmental actions.

Five Leaf Eco-Awards director Jessica Morthorpe travelled to Hobart for the presentation.

She said there was sharing of many environmental stories.

“Everyone had a story to share about what they were doing for the environment at home, and about this church taking worshipping outdoors,” she said.

“I was told about their op shop and the charity blankets they make from old jeans and about retrofitting and insulating the manse (minister’s house) and church for energy efficiency.

“Upon hearing their stories, I shared a bit about what other churches around Australia are doing for the environment.”

Reverend Dr Paul Chalson was recognised as the man who inspired the church to begin its ecological journey more than a decade ago.

Rev. Chalson said the congregation were the champions who continued to uphold this line of work.

“The fact that the work is being continued to this day is what makes me happy,” he said.

Inspired by the awards presentation, the congregation identified the use of email for communication so they can further reduce the printing of their weekly news.

Ms Morthorpe said it was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of church members.

“It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be here to present these awards, and it’s particularly exciting that this is the first church in Tasmania to receive an award,” she said.

“Hopefully this will encourage lots of other churches in the area to pursue an award and be recognized for their environmental efforts.”

Caption: Clarence Uniting Church members receive the awards.