Introduction to the Westcott Environment Policy

At the first Community Eucharist of Lent Term, Westcott House adopted and blessed an Environment Policy, which will guide the House in its care for creation and environmental mission.

The policy can be read by clicking here.

The policy was created out of a community discussion day in June 2019, when all members of the House — ordinands, tutorial and support staff, partners and children — were invited to reflect on the theology of creation and the environmental profile of the House. It was finalised during a period of consultation and endorsed by the Council on 7 January 2020.

The Vice-Principal, the Revd Dr Paul Dominiak, said, ‘The Fifth Mark of Mission calls us all to “strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth”. Westcott House’s Environmental Policy represents the intention of all members of the college community to embrace this calling. It will be the lens through which all sections of the House – from the Common Room through to the Chapel – will intentionally filter their commitments and practices as we honour God’s creation and work to repair it. It will hold before us an accountable reminder that, as Pope Francis in Laudato Si puts it, “all of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents”.’

Reflecting the character and priorities of the House, the policy acknowledges the importance of worship, community, creativity and formation. It will be used in future months to improve the sustainability of activities within the House, from administration and development to catering and gardening.

We pray that the Lord of heaven and earth will inspire us with a love for creation and direct our stewardship of God’s gifts.

Jon Sanders, Second year Ely Ordinand.

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