Eco House

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Kingspan Lighthouse
If you choose to stay, we'll explore this building in a few pages time.
Image © Sheppard Robson


Earth Matters

Introduction and welcome

You are most welcome here among us. Why don't you come in and stay a while?

Let me tell you something about our home. Our home is an echo of our planet. It provides for our needs, with clean air, fresh water, places to sit, breathe and know God. It is where we share food, fruit of the earth and work of human hands.  It is where we do no harm, taking nothing from the planet that we cannot put back, whether through recycling, re-using, or re-creating what we have taken out. Our home gives us what we need, but we must also give back or it will wither and die.

There are various aspects to the spaces within our home. The fifth ‘mark’ of mission tells us that we should care for God’s creation and that we should respect what God has made and work actively to sustain and renew the earth. So within our home there are spaces dedicated to understanding more about conservation, spaces dedicated to renewal, recycling and sustainability, spaces where we can think about and repent of environmental damage and over-consumption and spaces dedicated to understanding God’s work in creation more clearly.

Welcome, friend and pilgrim. You are most welcome here among us. Wander where you will. Ask questions. Think, share and experience in our company.


Questions to consider before you enter

You must decide if you really want to explore this house and its various spaces. Here are some questions to help you prepare:

  • Do I want to know more about taking care of God's creation?
  • What thoughts and ideas, actions and plans will I be taking with me?
  • Am I prepared to have my thoughts and my lifestyle challenged and changed?
  • What do I expect to hear? What do I expect to see?
  • What would I most like to learn?
Continue: think about things to bring on your journey
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© CTBI and MTAG 2012

Navigating the pathways

You have a number of pathways through the various spaces of this house:

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

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Opening challenge to learn more about mission and care for creation with some introductory material to think about.

Scripture passages with questions

  • Genesis 1. 26-31
  • Romans 8.18-21
  • Genesis 6.11-21
  • Earth Abbey resources
  • Jubilee Centre resources


Pictures of extinct and endangered animals; conservation issues

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

A chance to review what gifts you bring to the topic or what things to leave behind. A chance for confession or saying sorry and to make new commitments

Quote, unquote

What people have been saying about climate change and care for the planet. With questions to consider.


A series of prayers, images and activities for meditation on the words of the fifth mark of mission
Also links to other prayer resources


Books and online resources for self study and online research


A chance to review notes or entries you have made and to read others thoughts about the topic


Theologians writing on care for creation: Dave Bookless, The Ecumenical Patriarch and Claire Foster. With questions to consider.

Hymns and other music

Suggestions for listening to natural sounds, hymns, psalms, Taizé chants, classical, popular music and new music on the theme of care of creation

Films, Music

Films to watch, music tracks and clips with an ecological theme

Footsteps of Jesus

  • Consider the lilies Matthew 6. 25-34
  • The Storm
  • Matthew 8.23-27
  • The Fig Tree
  • Mark 11.12-14; 20-21

Conversation and Dialogue

Listening to people talking about the environment, including: a group of theologians and scientists talking to ARocha, Jeremy Clarkson and David Shreeve.

Reflections and Story telling

  • Can the earth sustain 7 billion people?
  • What about food security for people?
  • What about health?
  • Reflections from Sharing God's Planet
Reflections from Sharing God's Planet


A recipe for a meal and suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

Exit: Dispossession

Final review of what may have changed in using the resource. A few ideas about what to take away, or how to live differently, or to do more in future, and a chance to leave feedback