Eco House

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Imagine that you have brought a rucksack with you. Imagine that you put into the rucksack all the ideas you already have about matters of ecology, climate change and care of creation.

Then think about what you already know about looking after our planet and what you already do to make a difference. There will places in your journey where you can leave things you no longer want from your rucksack (dispossession) and things you can put in.

You can also write down in a notebook, journal or begin a blog entry (you can blog for free on Churches Together Connect ) to record any thoughts and ideas about what you expect from your visit.


Want to stay and explore?

From here, you have a number of pathways through the various spaces of this house. The yellow journey will take you to spaces which are word and text based and you can interact with what people are saying and discussing about the environment now.

The blue journey will take you into spaces which are focussed on bible study, prayer, worship, song and reflective story telling.

The green spaces will allow you to engage with pictures, external web and book resources, video clips and various activities, including a space for cooking and eating a meal.

The pink spaces offer suggestions for personal commitments, reflection, and following Jesus more closely. The final pink space is the space for departure where you can consider what you have learned, been surprised by, challenged by and assess how you might have changed.

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

Continue: look at the features of an eco house
© 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.

Yellow Blue Green Pink


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