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:
Gordon Hudson (Manager)
Gordon was appointed in December 2010 to take on the challenge of growing Eco-Congregation Scotland and helping eco-congregations across Scotland to take action to care for the earth. He is responsible for overall management, business development, governance, fundraising and communication and is company secretary. Gordon’s background is in voluntary sector management, fundraising and the Internet industry. He studied Divinity at Edinburgh University.
David Bethune (Programme Coordinator)
David was appointed in March 2016 to support our local networks and local registered eco-congregations; encouraging them to increase their level of practical environmental activity and understanding of environmental issues. David lives in Selkirk and is a member of Selkirk Parish Church.
James Anthony (Programme Coordinator)
James was appointed in December 2017 to support our local networks and local registered eco-congregations; encouraging them to increase their level of practical environmental activity and understanding of environmental issues. James lives in Dundee and is a member of Gate Church International.
Trevor Jamison (Environmental Chaplain)
Trevor was appointed in April 2013 to provide spiritual and theological support to churches in their work of caring for creation. He is a United Reformed Church Minister, previously working as a minister with congregations and in adult Christian education. Trevor is seconded full-time from the URC for this role.
Adrian Shaw (Climate Change Officer)
Adrian is seconded part time from the Church of Scotland where he runs their Climate Change Project. Adrian handles our international and wider ecumenical relationships.
Paul Williams (Administrator)
Paul joined as Administrator in October 2015 and is seconded quarter time from the Church of Scotland.