This is the latest news from the Perth and Kinross Eco-Congregation network.
For archived articles prior to June 2012 please click here.
The next Perth & Kinross Network meeting will take place at the Riverside Church on 23rd of May at 7pm. We will be taken on a guided walk by Fergus from the Perth & Kinross Ranger Service. We will meet at Riverside Church for the start of the walk and will return there about 8.30 – 8.45 for a cup of tea.
We hope to see you there!
Scottish Friends of Ecumenism has a long history of support and encouragement of ecumenical activity in Scotland tracing its origins to the early 1960’s. Though primarily associated with Churches working together, its membership has not been uncritical when progress was slow. It had been active in supporting the work and programme of Scottish Churches House until its recent closure.
We have discovered there is much that is good and exciting happening today. Individuals and groups addressing issues of peace and justice, the environment, social action, art and culture etc. There are conversations taking place across the divides of faith, culture and nationality.
It is in that context that we believe there is an opportunity to rediscover this inclusive and world-focussed ecumenical vision which challenges us to move out from our particular human made “ghettoes”
As a step towards exploring how this vision might grow in and outwith the churches, SFoE is planning a Consultation at St Mary’s Kinnoull Centre, Perth from 10.30am on Saturday 16th February 2013 till 2.00pm Sunday 17th February. SFoE extends a warm invitation to you to join us at this Consultation
We hope that from the responses, we will have a gathering of 40-50 people representing the Churches, other Faiths, Local initiatives, Art and Culture, Education and Social Action; and from a wide age range.
The pattern of this time together will be to spend the first part of Saturday in listening to each other as we hear about three areas of ecumenical experience under the headings of Action; Learning; Celebration. The three sessions would be introduced by short presentations but with ample opportunity for sharing with each other. Through this we hope to sense the differing yet mutually supportive experiences that are represented by the participants. In the final session of Saturday we would bring this together by identifying some of the common themes that have emerged
On the Sunday morning the focus will be on the future and whether the experience of Saturday leads us to a desire to continue the conversation ; and how that might be taken forward, if that seems appropriate. Sunday’s session will therefore have an open format enabling participants to map their vision of the ecumenical future in Scotland
Scottish Friends of Ecumenism therefore wish to repeat our warm invitation to you to attend this Consultation over the 16/17th February at Kinnoul. We believe that from your own involvement and experience you will have much to offer.
St Mary’s Kinnoul is probably known to many of you. It is a comfortable residential conference centre in Perth. The cost of the accommodation will be paid by Scottish Friends of Ecumenism.
For more information contact:
Rev Margaret Stewart
Secretary of Scottish Friends of Ecumenism
28 Inch Crescent, Bathgate, E48 1EU, E-mail : scoesecygmailcom (scoesecygmailcom)
Alistair MacIntosh’s thought for the day on Radio Scotland yesterday mentioned the flooding in Comrie and sermon he heard while visiting Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway.
For a full transcript and recording click here.
This week is European Week of Waste Reduction, a good opportunity to go through the cupboards and donate items which could end up in landfill.
John and Mara Ferguson are giving you the opportunity to donate toys for the Dunkeld Christmas Fair and help raise money for Christian Aid and the Rachel House Children’s Hospice.
The report from the Mini-Gathering in Aberdeen held on the 22nd October is now available.
People from 13 congregations came to event, which aimed to inspire and equip congregations for their Eco-Congregation journey. Speakers from Cults Parish Church, Skene Parish Church and Queen’s Cross Parish Church shared their Eco-Congregation plans and achievement. We heartily recommend reading the report if you are looking for inspiration or curious to find out how other congregations carry out their Eco-Congregation journey.
Rev. Ewan Aitken also gave an inspirational sermon prior to the gathering and abseiled off the Forth bridge for charity later the same day.
You can read the full report by clicking on the link: Report on Mini Gathering 2012