Eco-Congregation Scotland is a growing movement of churches from Shetland to Dumfries, and from Iona to Aberdeen. They are urban and rural, small and large, Protestant and Catholic, traditional and cutting-edge. They share the conviction that our society's wholesale exploitation of the natural world is a dishonour to God the Creator; and that to do nothing in the face of environmental destruction is to fail in our duty to worship God and to care for the poor. Since February 2010 Eco-Congregation Scotland is a charity, and all participating churches and organisations are invited to become members.
As well as taking action in their own church life, Eco-Congregations are working together in networks, and promoting the programme to other churches through talks, workshops, events and materials.
Eco-Congregation Scotland has seven staff:
Stephen was appointed in September 2018 to run the charity, building and supporting the growing number of Eco-Congregations across Scotland, developing work in partnership with environmental and church groups.
Stephen is based in our Edinburgh office
Contact: 0131 240 2274
Judith was appointed in May 2019. She works alongside James and Ruth to support our local networks and registered eco-congregations. She specialises in linking environmental activity between Schools and Churches.
Judith is based in Inverness
James was appointed in December 2017. He works alongside Ruth and Judith to support our registered churches and regional networks. He specialises in supporting churches to apply for climate related Government grants.
James is based in Dundee
Membership and Office Administrator
Ruth joined in 2019 to overhaul and manage our database and membership systems. She provides office support to our remote staff and volunteers.
Ruth also works alongside James and Judith to support our registered churches and regional networks. She specialises in climate science and related developments.
Ruth is based in our Edinburgh office
Contact: 0131 240 2274
Climate Change Officer
Adrian is seconded part time from the Church of Scotland where he leads on Care for Creation and Climate Change. Adrian handles our international and wider ecumenical relationships and matters relevant to climate change.
Adrian is based in our Edinburgh office
Contact: 0131 225 5722
David joined in September 2018 to provide spiritual and theological support to churches in their work of caring for creation. He is a United Reformed Church Minister, former minister of Greenock United Reformed Church. David is seconded full-time from the URC for this role as a Special Categories Minister.
David is based in our Edinburgh office but spends much of his time travelling
Project Development Officer
Paul joined in October 2015 and is seconded from the Church of Scotland where he works on Care for Creation. Paul handles matters related to biodiversity and conservation and helps develop our events, resources and projects.
Paul is based in our Edinburgh office