Rev’d David Coleman is eager to get to know local congregations’ initiatives, and to hear of your trials and joys, and to lead or share leadership of worship, when appropriate, taking note of your own tradition. Encouraging the committed core of congregations is also a high priority. David is an experienced, ordained minister in the United Reformed Church, a mainstream Christian church in the UK, and is also a Member of the Iona Community, having led programmed weeks at the Abbey.
Invite David to visit you by getting in touch through our staff page here
In preaching and in presentations, David makes exciting use of multimedia (see one of his videos below), and is well-equipped to work in very varied venues, not just on Sundays, or Sunday mornings.
A visit from the chaplain is an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be an Eco-Congregation.
Continue reading to follow his thoughts and reflections:
A hymn-poem on the ‘reward’ Jesus said was worth rejoicing over, that the names of those who were prepared to go and heal on his command had their ‘names written in Heaven/the Sky. [Luke 10:20 ]
Tune – LM, ideally ‘Church Triumphant’.
The ‘skyness’ of Heaven is part of the experiential dimension of faith, which of course happens within the unified Creation of ‘Heaven and Earth’
1)When we are sent, we travel light
not bearing hatred, malice, spite
we warn, alert, and love is why
God writes our names into the Sky!
2)When we are partners with the Earth-
Our praise is chorus; deep our mirth,
with those who swim and squirm and fly:
God writes our names into the Sky
3)God loves this world’s diverse delight:
paints puffin’s beak so rainbow bright.
We’re made that way, so can’t deny
God writes our names into the Sky!
4)The Earth is frail; we’re sent to heal;
the danger to all life is real
with every prayer and act we try
God writes our names into the Sky!Continue reading →
(on the occasion of my 59th birthday, an indulgent, opinionated piece in the good old blog post genre.)
I keep getting led to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in many ways: I don’t know if I’d recycle the whole thing, but Frank Baum’s introduction of 1900 was fascinating as a starter.Continue reading →
In the time of lockdown, church musicians learned to construct and record songs for worship: it would be really useful if some within our movement could have a go at recording performances of these items in advance of Season of Creation in September.
We will otherwise be linking to the recommendations for ‘Creation Time’ from Trinity College Glasgow, in which our board member Iain McLarty is very involved.
Please get directly in touch if you have a recording to offer, which will likely be made available to the movement, with accompanying visuals.
Tunes are suggested, but not with obligation
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How to use: click on RED TEXT, to follow links
EcoCongregation Scotland have for many years offered resources for churches to use, creatively, according to their circumstances, for “Creation time’ or Season of Creation. Material presented here is original, and from staff members of EcoCongregation Scotland, unless otherwise indicated.
We have taken care to invite contributions from those in, or just concluding training for Christian leadership: we always welcome conversations with colleges and those providing training.
This special approach to the international and ecumenical celebration and challenge that is the Season of Creation acknowledges the continued use of the Revised Common Lectionary by many local churches, but following Scotland’s hosting of the United Nations COP26 Climate Conference last year, we are compelled to assert more firmly than ever, that to follow Christ in the years of crisis that lie ahead, we need to be more open than ever to the creative leading of the Spirit in building our spiritual resilience as people of hope beyond hope, in which the hugely ambitious project of Net Zero is a response of faith, offered in dependence on grace.
In such times, and with such urgency, the gift of the scriptures shines through, inviting playfulness, wonder, and other equally serious aspects of our faith to come into their own, unlocking the green treasures which, like the ancient wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the Earth, and the fellow creatures on whose lives we depend, have so easily been sidelined or despised.
We learn to join the shout of ‘Hosanna’ -God help us! - echoing throughout Creation, remembering that this is also a joyful shout.
We pray that you will be encouraged to re-read, re-think, recycle and repurpose even the most familiar of scriptures to the glory of God and for Good News for every creature [cf Mark 16:15]
Each week has further comments about those who have provided items, which are by EcoCongregation Staff unless otherwise noted.
We recommend the use of the choices suggested via Trinity College, in which EcoCongregation Board member Iain McLarty is fully involved. Each week will have some additional items too, and perhaps some new words to old tunes,.