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  • “How Green is your Church?” Local meeting in Elgin, Saturday 17th March.

    Dear church leader

    How does your church care for God’s creation? Would you like support to do more?

    Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical movement helping local groups of Christians link environmental issues to their faith, reduce their environmental impact, and engage with the community ( A number of Moray churches have already become involved: for example, Alves & Burghead; Bellie & Speymouth; Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman (all Church of Scotland); Holy Trinity; St John’s (Scottish Episcopal); and St Margaret’s (Catholic).

    Representatives from the different congregations in Moray meet regularly for mutual support and to share ideas. We’d like to inspire members of other congregations to join us and to find out more about the links between faith and creation care. We’re particularly keen to increase the number of different denominations involved.

    With this in mind, on Saturday 17th March, we’re hosting a meeting in the Williamson Hall in Elgin. David Bethune, the Eco-Congregation Scotland coordinator will provide information about the movement. He’ll explain how local congregations can get involved by registering and by taking part in the new awards scheme. Local church members will give examples of what they’ve done to ‘green’ their churches. There’ll be opportunities to share ideas and challenges, too.

    We warmly invite you and members of your congregation (including young people) to join us. We’d be grateful if you could advertise this opportunity, and encourage interested people to attend. A poster advertising the meeting can be downloaded here. Please feel free to circulate it and this message.


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  • Welcome new registrations!

    Join us in welcoming Alves and Burghead Church of Scotland and Holy Trinity Church, Dunoon to the host of Eco-Congregations across Scotland.


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  • Moray Network meeting next month!


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  • Would your church like to host a show about Cairo’s rubbish collectors?


    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

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  • Visit to transition town Forres community garden!


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