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 April 2023. 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:

Download our Church investments in major oil companies: Paris compliant or Paris defiant? (2020) report for more information about the gap between the business plans of major oil companies and the Paris Agreement targets:

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:

  • In April 2023, 31 faith institutions from six countries – including seven Church of England dioceses, two Catholic dioceses and six Church of England Cathedrals, including Canterbury Cathedral in the UK;  – made a global divestment announcement.
  • In July 2022, 35 faith institutions from seven countries – including five Church of England dioceses, two Catholic dioceses in the UK and a Church of England cathedral – announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies.
  • In October 2021, 72 faith institutions, including 37 from the UK, announced their divestment from fossil fuels. Participating institutions include the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, 15 Catholic dioceses in the UK and Ireland, and the Church of England Dioceses of Truro and Sodor & Man. The UK Churches and dioceses involved in this announcement represent nearly 2,000 local churches.
  • In May 2021, 36 faith institutions joined together to announce their divestment from fossil fuels including the Church in Wales, the Diocese of Bristol and the Diocese of Oxford, the first Church of England dioceses to fully divest, as well as the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
  • In November 2020, a record 47 institutions from 21 countries announced their divestment, including five Catholic religious orders in the UK and two United Reformed Church Synods.
  • In May 2020, a global coalition of 42 faith institutions divested from fossil fuels, including the Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, the Jesuits in Britain, three United Reformed Church (URC) Synods and three Methodist churches.
  • In January 2020, the Epiphany Declaration for Fossil Free Churches involved twenty churches, Synods, dioceses and religious orders – including the first two Catholic dioceses in England and Wales to divest.
  • In September 2019, a global coalition of 22 faith institutions announced their divestment from fossil fuels, including the United Reformed Church and St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh – the first cathedral in the world to divest.
  • In April 2019, the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches involved eight more churches and the URC Synod of Yorkshire.
  • In October 2018, as part of the annual Season of Creation, three churches made decisions to divest.
  • In December 2017, three churches and a URC training college made divestment commitments.

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

Church of England

  • Church of England (National Investing Bodies: Church Commissioners; Church of England Pensions Board; CCLA’s Church of England (CBF) funds)
  • Diocese of London
  • Diocese of Canterbury
  • 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
  • Diocese of Lincoln
  • Diocese of Manchester
  • Diocese of St Albans
  • Diocese of Gloucester
  • Diocese of Lichfield
  • Diocese of Rochester
  • Diocese of Ely
  • Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
  • Diocese of York
  • Diocese of Southwark
  • Diocese of Guildford
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Coventry Cathedral
  • Lichfield Cathedral
  • Peterborough Cathedral
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Leicester Cathedral
  • St John’s Waterloo
  • Society of St Francis (European Province)
  • 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
  • Diocese of Northampton
  • Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle
  • Diocese of Salford
  • 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

Independent Evangelical Church

  • Woodlands Church Family

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