Eco-Congregation Scotland is a growing movement of churches from Shetland to Dumfries, and from Iona to Aberdeen. They are urban and rural, small and large, Protestant and Catholic, traditional and cutting-edge. They share the conviction that our society's wholesale exploitation of the natural world is a dishonour to God the Creator; and that to do nothing in the face of environmental destruction is to fail in our duty to worship God and to care for the poor. Since February 2010 Eco-Congregation Scotland is a charity, and all participating churches and organisations are invited to become members.

As well as taking action in their own church life, Eco-Congregations are working together in networks, and promoting the programme to other churches through talks, workshops, events and materials.

Eco-Congregation Scotland has an ecumenical Board of Directors, details of whom can be found here.



Eco-Congregation Scotland has six staff:

Stephen curran

Charity Manager 

Stephen was appointed in September 2018 to run the charity, building and supporting the growing number of Eco-Congregations across Scotland, developing work in partnership with environmental and church groups.

Stephen is based in our Edinburgh office

Contact:  0131 240 2274

david bethune

Programme Coordinator

David was appointed in March 2016 to support our local networks and local registered eco-congregations. He encourages churches to increase their level of practical environmental activity, manages our networks and leads our Award Scheme. 

David Retired in March 2019 and details of his replacement will be visible here soon. 


james anthony

Programme Coordinator

James was appointed in December 2017 to support our registered eco-congregations. He works alongside David to help churches reduce the waste and carbon footprint within the life of the church. 

James is based in Dundee


ruth Livingstone

Membership and Office Administrator

Ruth joined in 2019 to overhaul and manage our database and membership systems. She provides office support to our remote staff and volunteers and deals with general enquiries and events. 

Ruth some of Ruth's time is also as a Programme Coordinator 

Ruth is based in our Edinburgh office



adrian shaw

Climate Change Officer

Adrian is seconded part time from the Church of Scotland where he leads on Care for Creation and Climate Change. Adrian handles our international and wider ecumenical relationships and matters relevant to climate change. 


david coleman

Environmental Chaplain

David joined in September 2018 to provide spiritual and theological support to churches in their work of caring for creation. He is a United Reformed Church Minister, former minister of Greenock United Reformed Church. David is seconded full-time from the URC for this role as a Special Categories Minister.


Paul williams

Project Development Officer

Paul joined in October 2015 and is seconded from the Church of Scotland where he works on Care for Creation.  Paul handles matters related to biodiversity and conservation and helps develop our events, resources and projects.