2017 Annual Gathering

Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017, 10:00am – 3:15pm
Burnside Blairbeth Church, Church Avenue, Burnside, Glasgow, G73 5BX

In the last 12 months we’ve seen the ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Scotland meet it’s green-house gases reduction targets and Holyrood debate an ambitious new climate change strategy.

But looking ahead we face the environmental, political, and economic uncertainty of a post-Brexit Union, an aggressively pro-fossil-fuel administration in The White House, and a nation in which 1 in 10 Scottish species is at risk of extinction.

So how do we continue Caring for Creation in Times of Change? What does that mean?
Author and keynote speaker, Alistair MacIntosh, will be speaking on themes from his latest book, Poacher’s Pilgrimage: An Island Journey.

The day will offer a chance to network with other Eco-congregations and attend workshops from Christian Aid, Tearfund, Meet-Your-MSP Project, RSPB*, and the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum

At this year’s event, we hope the day of talks, workshops and networking will equip and inspire you to go forward with practical inspiration, encouragement, and hope.

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10:00 Registration, teas and coffees
10:30 Worship
10:45 AGM
11:10 Keynote speaker: Alastair MacIntosh
11:30 Questions and discussion
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Workshops (1)
13:45 Tea and Coffee Break
14:10 Workshops (2)
15:00 Closing discussion
15:30 Finish


You’ll be able to sign up for workshops during registration on the day. There will be limited spaces on each workshop so places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Christian Aid: The Big Shift

This workshop will be exploring the topic of divestment.

RSPBGet your congregation involved in a local nature reserve

This workshop will be about how you can get involved in your local area

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum: 

This workshop will be about Sustainable Pilgrimage

Scottish Churches Policy Office: Meet Your MSP

This workshop will be about how to engage with politics by meeting with your local representatives and MSPs


This workshop will be about how to talk about climate change

Location and Transport


2 Church Avenue, Burnside, Glasgow, G75 5BX

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Public Transport

To get to Burnside station take the Newton line train from Glasgow Central. The church is five minutes walk from Burnside station (0.2 miles) .



Journey time from Edinburgh, allowing time to get from Queen Street to Central Station is about two hours.

First Bus service no. 18 serves the area as well as SimpliCITY 7A –  Click here for the timetable.



There is plenty of on-street parking in Church Avenue and Burnside Road. Journey time by car from Edinburgh is just over an hour.


Disabled Access

The building is fully accessible by wheelchair. Please use the ramp access which avoids the external stairs. This is located around the side of the church and takes you round to the front door.


*subject to change


Booking is now closed for this event.