Divest your church with our step-by-step guide and interactive map

The Bright Now campaign calls on Churches across the UK to divest from fossil fuels, as a powerful, practical way to speed up the transition to a brighter, cleaner future.

We are part of Operation Noah, a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on climate change.

Check out our interactive map below to see which churches have already divested! You can zoom in and click on the crosses for information on how and when each church divested.

A list of UK Church divestment commitments by denomination can also be found at the bottom of this page.

Green crosses indicate divestments from all fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas); amber crosses indicate partial divestments, usually from coal and tar sands.

Want to get your church on the map?

Why not raise the issue with your congregation and join the movement for fossil free Churches:

  1. Speak with other members of your church about climate change and the importance of fossil fuel divestment
  2. Ask your church minister or treasurer if the issue can be discussed at your next church council or PCC meeting
  3. If your church commits to divest, let us know and communicate the decision to national/regional Church investors in your denomination
  4. Join the next global joint divestment announcement for faith organisations in the summer of 2022. Watch this space (or follow us on Twitter and Facebook) for further details!

Even if your church doesn’t currently hold any investments in fossil fuels, it can send out a strong message by pledging not to invest in fossil fuels in the future.

Making a divestment commitment does not require your church to change its bank account, though you may need to find a different investment manager if your current one doesn’t offer a fossil free fund.

Find out more

Download our step-by-step guide on how to divest your church, including examples of churches which have already done so, here:

Download our Fossil Free Churches report for more information about divestment and how the Church can respond to the climate crisis here:

Any questions?

Get in touch with Bokani Tshidzu on bokani.tshidzu@operationnoah.org

Building momentum

The global divestment movement now comprises more than 1,500 institutions with more than £29 trillion of assets under management, including the World Council of Churches, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church in Britain, Quakers in Britain and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

For a full list of divestment commitments worldwide, visit this page on the Fossil Free website.

Operation Noah has organised several joint divestment announcements for Churches and other faith institutions:

UK Church divestment to date (Full divestment unless otherwise stated)

Church of England

  • Church of England (National: coal and tar sands; divestment from oil and gas companies not aligned with Paris targets by 2023)
  • Diocese of Oxford
  • Diocese of Bristol
  • Diocese of Sodor and Man
  • Diocese of Truro
  • Diocese of Norwich
  • Diocese of Durham
  • Diocese of Birmingham
  • Diocese of Durham
  • Diocese of Leicester
  • Diocese of Newcastle
  • Diocese of Worcester
  • Society of St Francis (European Province)
  • Leicester Cathedral
  • All Hallows, Leeds
  • St Chad’s, Sutton Coldfield
  • St Hilda’s, Ashford
  • St John’s, Hartley Wintney
  • St John the Evangelist, St Leonards-on-Sea
  • St Mary’s, Hornsey Rise
  • St Peter’s Maney, Sutton Coldfield
  • St Stephen’s with St Julian’s, St Albans
  • St Luke’s Holloway, London
  • Pudsey Parish Church, Leeds
  • The churches of the Parish of Alston Moor, Cumbria – St Augustine of Canterbury, Alston; St John the Evangelist, Garrigill; St John the Evangelist, Nenthead; Holy Paraclete, Kirkhaugh, St Jude, Knaresdale and St Mary & St Patrick, Lambley
  • St Peter and St Pauls, Chaldon
  • St Mary’s Walthamstow
  • The churches of the Parish of Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield – All Hallows Church, Whitchurch; St James the Less Church, Litchfield; St Mary’s Church, Tufton
  • St Thomas Church, Pendleton, Salford
  • Holy Angels Church, Salford
  • St Aidan’s Church, Lower Kersal, Salford
  • St Mary’s Church – Kelling
  • St Martin’s Church, Liskeard
  • Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock
  • St Paul’s Church, Marylebone
  • St Paul’s Church, Rossendale
  • St Andrew’s and All Saints, Skegby with Stanton Hill
  • St Katherine’s Teversal

Catholic Church

  • Scottish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
  • Archdiocese of Glasgow
  • Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
  • Archdiocese of Birmingham
  • Archdiocese of Southwark
  • Diocese of Middlesbrough
  • Diocese of Lancaster
  • Diocese of Arundel & Brighton
  • Diocese of Hallam
  • Diocese of Aberdeen
  • Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
  • Diocese of Dunkeld
  • Diocese of Galloway
  • Diocese of Leeds
  • Diocese of Motherwell
  • Diocese of Paisley
  • Diocese of Portsmouth
  • Diocese of Brentwood
  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • Passionists in England & Wales
  • Religious Sisters of Charity, English/Scottish Province
  • Franciscan Sisters Minoress
  • Congregation of Jesus, English Province
  • Presentation Sisters, English Province
  • Jesuits in Britain
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Peace, UK
  • Congregation of Our Lady, Canonesses of St Augustine
  • Mill Hill Missionaries (British Region)
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross (English Province)
  • Society of the Sacred Heart (England and Wales Province)
  • The Sisters of St Andrew in England
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux
  • Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK)
  • Religious of the Assumption – England
  • The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Province of Rosalie Rendu (Britain and Australia)
  • Sisters of the Cross and Passion
  • Columban Missionaries Britain
  • Daughters of the Holy Spirit (England and Ireland Province)
  • Laudato Si’ Group Jersey (Caritas Jersey)
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Generalate(UK)
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Generalate
  • Friars Minor in Great Britain

Methodist Church

  • Methodist Church (National)
  • Methodist Church in Ireland
  • The Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church
  • Methodist Central Hall, Manchester 
  • Birmingham Methodist Circuit
  • South Worcestershire Circuit
  • Gloucestershire Circuit
  • Ivybridge Methodist Church, Devon
  • Stirling Methodist Church
  • Lancaster Methodist Church
  • Stroud Methodist Church
  • Banner Cross Methodist Church
  • Wellspring Wirksworth
  • Trinity Methodist Church, Chelmsford
  • Bath Road Methodist Church, Swindon
  • Baildon Methodist Church

United Reformed Church

  • United Reformed Church (National)
  • United Reformed Church South Western Synod
  • United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland
  • United Reformed Church Synod of Yorkshire
  • United Reformed Church Synod of Wales
  • United Reformed Church Synod of Wessex
  • United Reformed Church West Midlands Synod
  • United Reformed Church Northern Synod
  • United Reformed Church Mersey Synod
  • United Reformed Church Southern Synod
  • United Reformed Church Thames North Synod
  • United Reformed Church Eastern Synod
  • United Reformed Church Western Synod
  • United Reformed Church Midlands Synod
  • Scottish United Reformed & Congregational College
  • Northern College, Manchester
  • Beulah URC, Cardiff
  • Brighthelm URC, Brighton
  • Bush Hill Park URC, Enfield
  • Tavistock URC
  • The Vines Church, Rochester
  • Vine URC, Ilford
  • Lavington URC, Bideford
  • Redland Park URC, Bristol
  • Trinity United Church, Ringwood
  • Westminster College, Cambridge
  • St James Church, Woolton (Methodist/United Reformed Church)

Church of Scotland

  • Church of Scotland (National: Fossil free – excludes future investment in oil and gas companies not aligned with 1.5°C target of Paris Agreement)
  • Selkirk Parish Church
  • Dunscore Parish Church

Church in Wales

  • Church in Wales (National)

Scottish Episcopal Church

  • Scottish Episcopal Church (National: coal and tar sands)
  • St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh

Quakers in Britain (Religious Society Of Friends)

  • Quakers in Britain (National)
  • Bristol Quaker Area Meeting
  • Chilterns Quaker Area Meeting
  • Ipswich and Diss Quaker Area Meeting
  • Kendal and Sedbergh Quaker Area Meeting
  • Lancashire Central and North Quaker Area Meeting
  • Leeds Quaker Area Meeting
  • Leicester Quaker Area Meeting
  • Mid Somerset Quaker Area Meeting
  • Mid Thames Quaker Area Meeting
  • Norfolk and Waveney Quaker Area Meeting
  • Sussex East Quaker Area Meeting
  • North East Thames Quaker Trust
  • York Quaker Area Meeting
  • Hereford Quaker Local Meeting
  • Friends Provident Foundation

Baptist Union

  • Baptist Union (National)
  • High Street Baptist Church, Tring
  • Devonport Baptist Church, Plymouth
  • Oasis Churches and Global Charity
  • Dronfield Baptist Church

Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

  • General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (National)
  • Cardiff Unitarians/Undodiaid Caerdydd

Congregational Church

  • Wimbledon Congregational Church

Presbyterian Church

  • Presbyterian Church of Wales
  • Presbyterian Church of Ireland

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