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  • Invitation to a sustainable advent calendar making event in Edinburgh. #Edinburgh

    Augustine United Church on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, is hosting an Eco Advent Calendar-making event on November 26th, from 5-6:30 pm. This is to help people consider how to celebrate advent in a sustainable way.

    Come along if you need ideas for your permanent advent calendar or make an advent calendar from nature or recycled materials. Feel welcome to bring dried leaves and toilet paper rolls. Or join in with the spirit of things and have a cookie. All are welcome.

    In and amongst the crafts there will also be cookie decorating, hot spiced apple juice, and a discussion table of ideas.



  • Facing the Reality of a Changing Climate. As people of hope, how can we respond?

    A unique opportunity to hear Katharine Hayhoe from North America, an evangelical Christian and climate scientist named in TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World 2014 and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders. She will be in conversation with Alastair McIntosh, Scotland’s celebrated author and human ecologist, in a discussion chaired by leading mediator John Sturrock QC, at CCE The King’s Hall, Edinburgh November 19th at 7pm.

    Climate change is one of the most hotly debated issues today. And between Trump, political posturing and increasing climate disasters, it can be really hard to know how to respond… and all too easy to look away. Is the evidence solid? Are proposed solutions viable? And what does it ask of us as people of hope and faith?

    This important conversation between two of the world’s highest profile climate leaders, both Christians, will untangle the issues behind global warming and our awareness, highlighting the key role our faith and values play in shaping our attitudes and actions at this crucial time.

    7pm – 8.30pm Sunday 19th November
    CCE King’s Hall
    41a South Clerk Street
    EH8 9NZ

    Free entry

    Sign up to attend using our Facebook event here.

    Sponsored by Tearfund, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Core Solutions.
    Co-ordinated by copywriter and author Liz MacWhirter.

    More about Katharine Hayhoe here.

    Download the event poster here.

    There is an event postcard here.

  • Successful Edinburgh Network event on food security in Scotland

    There was a strong turnout for the recent Edinburgh Network event on food security in Scotland. Olga Bloemen of Nourish Scotland spoke on food security and the forthcoming Good Food Nation Bill which is expected to come to the Scottish Parliament. Then along with Andy Wightman MSP and Olga took part in a lively question and answer session. The whole event was preceded by a feast of locally produced food.

    Andy Wightman MSP, Arthur Chapman, Trevor Jamison, Heather McHaffie

  • Here are what some of our awards look like!

    Many Eco-Congregations display their award plaques inside their building but some do so outdoors. Those entering, leaving  or passing by St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Morningside, Edinburgh, now know that this is a church with not one but two Eco-Congregation Scotland awards.

  • Mobilising Churches on the environment: A lecture by Andy Atkins

    A lecture by Andy Atkins

    The environment is in trouble, from climate change, through species loss, to air pollution. We need to roll out solutions urgently and at scale, and enlist sectors of society which could accelerate progress. Could the UK churches be one? And if so, what would it take to bring that about?

    Andy Atkins, an experienced charity campaigner and Christian will take a hard-nosed look at these questions examining the biblical mandate for action, the actual potential, significant challenges and opportunities. He’ll draw on his insider knowledge of key campaigns such as the unprecedented 2005 Make Poverty History campaign, and Friends of the Earth’s successful Bee Cause, and propose next steps and challenges to Christians, Church leaders and politicians alike.

    Date and Time

    Fri 19 May 2017
    19:45 – 21:45 BST



    Netherbow Theatre
    Scottish Storytelling Centre
    43-45 High St
    EH1 1SR


    For further details and tickets click here.


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