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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.
Richard Murray writes:
The inspiration behind creating a representation of an angel out of tea bags has a number of dimensions. All Saints, Whiterashes is an EcoCongregation and we decided to use recycled tea bags in an imaginative way to raise awareness about recycling things we so easily discard, but also to encourage some reflection on the production process and the people involved in the supply chain. At the same time, we were asked to take part in a Scottish Civic Trust Doors Open Day project, as we are a listed building because of the work of a famous church architect and designer, the Aberdeen-born Sir Ninian Comper. He designed our stained glass windows and the altarpiece. This led us to commission a Banffshire artist and sculptor Alison Simpson, who has a fine arts degree from Edinburgh University and one of only a handful of artists who work with paper, to produce a contemporary piece of church art pointing us to God’s grace and beauty, following Comper’s example. And lastly, we had the idea that, as part of our culture, the offer of a cup of tea to a friend or stranger, is a sign of welcome. So the vestry chose Embrace Middle East as the charity we shall support this year, because of their work with Syrian refugees in particular and we hope to raise funds for them when our church is open on 17th September.
When doing her master’s degree Alison took a special interest in church art and vestments, so the angel is ‘dressed’ like a deacon. Alison has used the tea bags not only as pulp but has laminated tea bags into the paper ‘exoskeleton’, which is attached to an ‘armature’ (a metal frame) to create a ‘luminarium’ using LED lighting. We have had to learn a whole new language! When we made an appeal for tea bags, churches from Shetland to Ballater responded. We lost count after 10,000!
The show “My Neighbourhood: Cairo’s Rubbish Collectors” by Christian Stejskal is on at the Edinburgh Just Festival on Friday 26th August. You can see the details here.
This show is a colourful personal journey from my birth city of Vienna to Ethiopia by foot, then into the lives of Cairo’s rubbish collectors, whom I met during this pilgrimage. After finishing my walk in Axum, I returned to Cairo and lived with the Zabbaleen. Supporting myself as a violinist at the Cairo Opera House, I spent five years taking photos and listening to stories of their joys, struggles, tragedies and small triumphs. Through seven spoken word vignettes, photos and violin music performed live, this show recounts lives of the Zabbaleen and my encounter with them.
However, you could have this show at your church on Friday 2 Sept or Sat 3 Sept. They are currently four shows planned in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the organisers would like to stage other one in another Scottish city.
The financial implications for the host would be “in-kind,” consisting of the following:
Donation of space for the performance, including use of video projector that can be plugged into a laptop, a head mic to amplify the spoken-word narrations, and a spotlight on the performer. If they lack this equipment, I can try to arrange to bring with us. Advertising and dissemination of information about the event.
If you are interested please contact Jamie Furniss Jamie.Furniss@ed.ac.uk
Stonehaven South Church Eco Group hosted a Candlelit Supper to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday night. The food for the buffet was provided by the congregation and we were entertained by a group of musicians from their linked church of Stonehaven Dunnottar. Just before ‘lights out’ they sang the hymn Walk in the Light which set the tone for an evening of food, fellowship and fun.
The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.
After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.
Local Networks Seminar Report 2015 also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.
Resources for Aberdeen network:
Energy Saving Trust Support in North East Scotland
Interested congregations can contact Kasia Buczak on T 01224 253 908 | E Kasia.Buczak@ne.energysavingscotland.org.uk
Community funding information can be found here.
Small Business Loans – interest free loan for energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies. You can borrow up to £100,000 for any measures recommended in the energy review. Please complete this application form to apply (need printing).
Low Carbon Transport Loans – interest-free loan available for a variety of measures including video-conferencing, cycling facilities, plug-in vehicles or vehicle efficiency equipment. Fuel efficient driver training is also available.
Community awareness sessions – Free group presentations.