At Ely Cathedral we care passionately about justice for people and for all God's creation.
Supporting the peoples of Central Turkey and North West Syria
In response to the terrible devastation of the earthquake in Central Turkey and North West Syria, we invite you to contribute to the humanitarian aid effort coordinated by the Disasters Emergency Committee. You can donate via their website
Supporting the peoples of Ukraine
The Disasters Emergency Committee are taking donations and the UK Government have said they will match public donations (pound for pound up to £20 million). More information and how to donate can be found here
There are also a number of agencies working for relief including:
International Rescue Committee
Save the Children
Rebuild Ukraine is a non-profit organization which provides vital support for Ukraine's defenders, refugees, and children affected by the war. From a distribution centre in Ternopil (western Ukraine) humanitarian aid is delivered to to sixty destinations, including military units and hospitals.
Locally Ukraine Lifeline has been set up by a group of volunteers to help support the people of Ukraine in whichever way they can. The nearest donation point is at Pymoor.
Supporting the peoples of Afghanistan
Many have asked how the Cathedral might best support Afghan refugees beginning lives in the UK. Below are some options for giving and donating:
- Afghan Welcome Home (supported by 'Welcome Churches')
- Donations of clothes etc can be channelled through the Government website
- To support people still within Afghanistan the best option may be to give to the Red Cross's 'Afghanistan Crisis Appeal'
- Church of England toolkit for Supporting Afghan Refugees
Sustaining God's Creation - Eco Churches Conference
On Saturday 18 June 2022, we joined forces with five other East Anglian Cathedrals to host an online conference to help churches to play their part in achieving the Church of England’s goal of ‘net carbon zero by 2030’ and to help us all reduce our impact on the Earth.
In March 2020, A Rocha awarded us their Silver Eco Church award in recognition of the progress we have made in reducing our environmental impact.
In our worship, witness and work, we strive to live out the five marks of mission of the Anglican communion:
The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ:
1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
We recognise that none of these can be considered in isolation, and that one way in which we proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom is through care of our neighbour and of all God's creation - join ECCO (Ely Cathedral Community and Outreach) Facebook Group to find out about our ongoing witness.