Eco-Congregation Scotland is a movement of Scottish church congregations, of all denominations and none, committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission. We were founded in 2001 and became a registered charity in 2010. We are a membership organisation, with member congregations voting at our AGM and electing the trustees. You can read more of our history here.
- A Scotland that cares for God’s creation, now and forever.
- We care passionately for God’s creation
- We are a faith based movement
- We are rooted in local groups of Christians
- We work co-operatively with each other and with others who care about the environment
- We encourage transformational change at individual, community and national levels
- In prayer, worship and conversation we discover what it means to care for God’s creation
- We put that care into action individually, locally, nationally and globally, desiring to live justly in a transformed world
- We commit ourselves to campaigning on urgent threats to the web of life in our vulnerable world
(Values, Vision and Mission statement adopted by the board of Eco-Congregation Scotland on 13th February 2014)
How we do it
Eco-Congregation Scotland primarily works through its registered congregations. There are now over 450 congregations committed to take action through our programme from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway. Around 12% of all Scottish churches are now taking part. We also operate over twenty local networks, run by volunteers, who encourage and help each other to do more to help the environment locally and globally. We have a small staff based in Edinburgh who support these volunteers.
Our programme has three strands:
- Spiritual living
Making the link between environmental issues and the Christian faith
- Practical living
Taking practical action in the church and in the home to reduce our environmental impact
- Global living
Influencing attitudes and take action in the local or global community on issues like climate change
- publish online resources.
- provide help and advice on going carbon neutral.
- facilitate the Eco-Congregation Award to recognise the hard work of eco-congregations.
- develop and assist in the running of local networks of eco-congregations.
- train volunteers from congregations and local networks to develop the programme at local level.
- represent Eco-Congregation Scotland to national church bodies and environmental organisations.
We are funded by a variety of denominational bodies, development charities and the Scottish Government. You can see a full list of our current funders here.
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