Eco-Congregation Scotland is taking a baton to Paris, to express the demands of churches in Scotland that negotiators agree to a deal that promotes global climate justice. The baton, which will pass around churches in Scotland throughout the summer of 2015, will carry the hopes and aspirations of Christians across Scotland for climate justice to be central to any agreement reached at the conference.
What is happening ?
- Greyfriars Recycling of Wood have made a baton for Eco-congregation Scotland from recycled church furniture.
- The baton bears the message Time for Climate Justice: Churches in Scotland Demand a Deal in Paris, December 2015.
- The relay was launched by Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform at our Annual Gathering on 25th of April:
- In December 2015 the baton will be taken to the UN climate change conference in Paris to share our message with other churches and delegates.
See where the baton is going
You can have a look at this map and calendar of where the baton is going to get an idea of when it will be in your area. There are two batons in order to cover as much as Scotland as possible (which is why it will appear that it is in two places at once on many dates!). Green markers indicate where the baton has travelled so far; red markers indicate where it will be going.
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If you are a local church congregation you can book the baton to visit your church when it is passing through your area. As the route is dependent on who signs up please contact us as soon as possible to get your name on the list. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or use our contact form here) stating the name of your congregation, its location, plus your name and phone number. We will get in touch to arrange a date.
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We ask that all congregations receiving the baton do the following:
- Fill out one of the postcards and post it to us so we can collect them together and give to the Climate Change minister to show where the baton has been.
- Contact the local press (newspaper or maybe local radio).
- Put an article in your own church magazine.
- Contact other local congregations (of all denominations) and ask them to take part.
When you receive the baton there will be a pack containing printed information. If any of this is missing you can download a copy here:
- Information sheet for congregations explaining what the baton relay is all about.
- Leaflets to give to the general public or congregation members.
- Postcards (front | back) to send to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Minister to tell her where the baton is .
- Advice for contacting the local media.
- Press release (Word format | PDF).
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If you see the baton, tell us where it is, hashtag: #cop21baton
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Edinburgh Practical Pilgrim DayOrganised by Confraternity of St JamesSaturday, 8th April 2017, 10.30am-2.30pmCafé Camino, St Mary’s Cathedral
1 Little King Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD (top of Leith Walk)Talks and demonstrations of how you can best prepare to walk the Camino de Santiago, as well as the opportunity to ask questions to experienced pilgrims about your particular planned route
Equipment advice from Cotswold Outdoor£15 Entry – Teas/Coffees and lunch provided
(vegetarian friendly).Please email email@example.com with any dietary requirements.To register please visit:
http://www.csj.org.uk/practical-pilgrim-day-edinburgh-2017/There will be a mass at the Cathedral at 10am for anyone wishing to attend.
“Church of Scotland congregations are stepping up to the challenge of caring for creation – in 280 different ways. That is the number of local congregations that have made the commitment to become an eco-congregation and who are contributing to the biggest community based environmental movement in Scotland.”
Read the full article here.
The next Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Eco-Congregation Network meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 April at Mannofield Church. The starting time will be 7 for 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served on arrival.
The speaker will be Mr Glenn Roberts from the North East of Scotland Biological Recording Centre. The theme for his talk is Recording Local Wildlife and The Mammal Atlas of the North East. This should prove to be a most interesting talk and we would love if you and any of your congregation would like to come along.
For any one who has not yet registered as an Eco Congregation or has yet to commence the work for the Awards Scheme, please come along and introduce yourselves. We will be delighted to help, share ideas and support you on your Eco Journey.
Earth Hour 2017 takes place on Saturday 25 March.
Eco-Congregation Ireland has prepared the following special prayer for use during Earth Hour or at Mass/Service on Sunday 26 March. There are also ideas of how your faith community can take part in Earth Hour here: http://ecocongregationireland.com/archives/6083
Prayer for use at Earth Hour at Mass/Service on evening 25th March or Sunday 26th
Creator God, this earth is beautiful and fragile. Forgive our confusion and inaction as we confront the challenges of climate change. In the light of your truth, seen so clearly in the life and teachings of Jesus, help us to re-examine ourselves and our lifestyle choices and see clearly the implications of how we live on all that sustains life on earth. May we follow your leading in caring for every aspect of this precious world, which you made and love.
Throughout history you have moved people to do amazing things for the sake of their neighbours and especially the poor.
Inspire us now to work together, as your people, to change priorities in the way we live so that we build a fair and safe world for all your creation and for future generations.
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
- Join Murrayfield Churches Together, in Edinburgh, for an evening service as they turn the lights out for Earth Hour.Arrive at 8pm for tea, coffee and fair-trade baking before a reflective hour of hymns, prayers and films.A retiring collection will be taken for the World Wildlife Fund.At Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 85-87 Saughtonhall Drive, Edinburgh EH12 5TRFurther information here.