This is the latest news from the Angus Eco-Congregation network.
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Three eco-congregations have received grants from the latest round of the Climate Challenge Fund.
Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to hearing about the progress of your projects.
Granton Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Granton Parish Church’s Granton Goes Greener project will improve energy efficiency at the Granton Parish Church buildings by installing double glazing, insulation and LED lighting. The project will also create a Swap and Reuse Hub to save unwanted household items and clothes from being sent to landfill. Additional activities include the distribution of surplus bakery items from local businesses to a local school and offering led cycle rides and maintenance sessions to encourage a move from car travel to bike. A Climate Change Officer will work with the community to raise awareness of climate change together with advice on how to take action that can help tackle the problem.
Grant of £88,734 (includes maximum funding of £29,912 from the European Regional Development Fund).
St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee (Scottish Episcopal Church)
The Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dundee will run the St Paul’s Energy Saving Challenge project to cut the carbon emissions of the Cathedral through installation of new LED lighting. The project will also help the Cathedral community, including the nursery and Junior Church, to raise awareness of climate change and ways to take action, with a focus on how to reduce energy use in the home.
Grant of £150,000 (includes maximum funding of £58,240 from the European Regional Development Fund).
Gate Church International (Independent church)
Gate Church International’s Gate Church Carbon Saving Project will reduce the amount of clothes and household items landfilled by expanding their network of collection boxes in Dundee and finding donated items new uses. The project will also make energy efficiency improvements to Gate Church and establish a community fridge to share unwanted food items. Further initiatives include workshops where the community can learn more about carbon emissions and climate change.
Grant of £183,744
Tron St Mary’s Parish Church, Glasgow (Church of Scotland)
Tron St Mary’s Parish Church’s Saving, Sewing, Sharing, Growing project will increase the amount of food grown locally, tackle food and clothing waste and raise understanding of climate change. Project activities include increasing food growing in gardens and schools, redistribution of surplus short dated food and provision of clothing repair and climate change workshops.
Grant of £95,669
In addition to recently awarding our first Gold award to Carlops Parish Church we have recently awarded three other Church of Scotland Congregations:
Stonehaven Parish Church – their 2nd Eco-Congregation award and the last presented under our old award system.
St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath – Bronze award
Callander Kirk – Silver award
This shows a huge level of commitment by those congregations to environmental issues and we congratulate them all on this significant achievement.
If your congregation is interested in applying for an award please click here.
St. Luke’s in Downfield, Dundee is the latest Eco-congregation! Join us in welcoming them!Continue reading →
Angus Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has arranged for Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu to come to run two workshops on Tuesday 13th September in Kirriemuir.
The workshops will run in the afternoon and evening with the first looking at the differences between Spirituality and Religion and the implications of a move to a more spiritual faith. The evening session will focus on Spirituality and the Environment and Climate Change. Both sessions are prompted by Diarmuid’s book – God in the midst of change. This is a review of his book ….
Diarmuid O’Murchu is a Catholic priest and enthusiastic commentator on the interplay between religion, science, and spirituality. He observes that an increasing number of people are feeling “dislocated and confused” during this transitional period when Christians are discovering that they must let go of some of their most cherished beliefs and ideals. The rise of an adventuresome spirituality tinged with mystical elements is changing the ways we see God, ourselves and the world.
At the same time Western civilization is being attacked from many sides and the pendulum of power is shifting from the United States to China, India, and Brazil. The patriarchy and the hierarchy are under siege on many fronts. The money crisis has taught everyone to live with less except the rich who are getting richer.
To survive these chaotic and bewildering times, we must become more resilient, flexible, and courageous. O’Murchu has some exercises to help us handle the chaos during this period of transition, such as:
“1. Use your money wisely, invest it ethically, and adopt sustainable life-practices.
“2. Aim for the ideal of living simply.
“3. Adopt a spirituality committed to empowerment in the name of justice, equality and liberation for all who are oppressed and marginalized.
“4. Remember the adage — and act on it: ‘Think globally; act locally.’ ”
O’Murchu is not cowed by chaos; in fact, he sees it as a chance for people to seek a different way ahead. Or as he puts it: “Evolution will push us into a new way of seeing, and novel ways of being.” And mysteriously moving through all this political unrest and social turmoil is the Spirit who is opening new doors and ushering us through them. Hats off to O’Murchu, the Catholic theologian who continues to impress with his keen ability to make sense of the craziness going on around and inside of us!
The afternoon will cost £5 and donations will be accepted for the evening.
Anyone interested in attending, please e-mail Malcolm@gkopc.co.ukContinue reading →