The Church of Scotland’s annual Heart and Soul event in Princes Street Gardens takes place on Sunday 20th May 2018. Eco-Congregation Scotland will be there with information about our Faith Action for Nature project.
We will also be following on from our successful photo competition with a live Twitter feed of your nature photographs along with the best shots from our photo competition. These will automatically be displayed in our tent at the vent. You don’t have to be in Edinburgh to share your nature photos. Details are below, but remember its not until the afternoon of Sunday 20th May.
Not Without Us — Official Trailer from Kontent Films on Vimeo.
As Scotland drafts a new Climate Bill, Take One Action, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland present a special screening of Not Without Us, a rousing documentary that connects the dots between decreasing biodiversity, indigenous land rights abuses, fossil-fuel driven economies, growing economic inequality and government inaction in the face of the greatest crisis engulfing our planet.
Putting frontline communities’ perspectives at its centre, Not Without Us immerses viewers in the moving, personal journeys of grassroots campaigners from across the globe as they attempt to harness the only force that can prevent catastrophic climate change: the will of the people.
Please join us after the screening to explore the role social movements are playing in pushing for world-leading climate legislation in Scotland – with guests including members of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, policy makers and grassroots campaigners.
Sunday 3rd June, 17:30, Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh bit.ly/NWU_Ed
Saturday 9th June, 17:30, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen bit.ly/NWU_Ab
Sunday 10th June, 17:30, DCA, Dundee bit.ly/NWU_Dun
Saturday 23rd June, 17:30
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries bit.ly/NWU_Dum
Aileen Buchanan, Francis Mitchell (both members of the Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Eco group), Richard Lochhead MSP, Rev Jenny Adams.
Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church welcomed Richard Lochhead MSP to present the congregation’s Eco-Congregation Silver Award on Sunday 6th May. The award recognises the congregation’s actions to care for creation in its spiritual life, practical work and global living. Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman were particularly commended for the range of people in its Eco group, the regular sharing of environmental issues in the quarterly church magazine, the ongoing work to reduce energy use, and its links with local schools, uniformed organisations, and other churches in Moray. The next stage for the congregation will be to work towards a Gold Award, which would see creation care embedded in every part of church life.
Mr Lochhead, Moray’s MSP and former Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said, “It was an absolute pleasure to present Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Church with their Silver Eco-Congregation Award. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to protect our environment and to care for our planet, and the church is working hard with other local organisations to take practical steps to do that. The church is showing real leadership and are a great example of how we can make small changes in our local communities to address global problems.”
Rev Jenny Adams, minister of Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church of Scotland, is delighted that this area of work is being recognised. “We believe we are part of God’s creation, and have a responsibility to care for it. We’re trying to take that seriously, in our local communities and across the world, in spiritual and practical ways. The award is a marker of an ongoing commitment and challenge.”
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. There is a network of registered Eco-Congregations across Moray, who meet a few times a year to learn together. The Award scheme is optional, but encourages congregations to keep making progress.
Image © Copyright Bill Harrison and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.
Our newest, and 431st, eco-congregation is King’s Community Church in Aberdeen. You can find out more about them here. Please join us in welcoming them to the Eco-Congregation movement.
This year our our Environmental Chaplaincy project moves into its second five year period funded by the United Reformed Church. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev David Coleman as successor to Rev Trevor Jamison, who leaves to take up a pastorate in North Shields. David hopes to be with us in Mid August.
The Rev’d David J.M.Coleman BA BTh PgDip is a URC minister and a Member of the Iona Community, with exceptional experience in reflective photography, multimedia, and writing in the context of local church worship and mission. He has two late-teenage children, (and a cat), is qualified in theology, German,and electronic graphics, and has been riding electric bikes since the turn of the century, though he can drive when needed. He has worked with congregations in North Wales, Southern England, and the West of Scotland. With a background including the grassroots interface of science and faith, David is delighted to be looking forward to being part of the mission of Eco-Congregation Scotland at this challenging time of cultural transition and climate crisis.
Over the holiday weekend three new congregations have registered as eco-congregations. By registering, these congregations are making a commitment to address environmental issues in the lives of their churches and are adding their voices to all those calling for action on climate change.
The three new eco-congregations are:
- St Josephs RC Milngavie
- St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal & Methodist Church in Dunbar
- Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church of Scotland
Please join us in welcoming them to our movement.
This brings the total number of eco-congregations in Scotland to 430.
[From Greener Scotland: your one-stop website for greener living, provided by the Scottish Government.]
It might surprise you to hear that Scottish households throw out roughly 600,000 tonnes of food every year. That’s the equivalent of £460 per household per year, or a total cost of £1.1 billion to people in Scotland.
That’s why Scotland’s National chef, Gary Maclean has come up with a series of top tips that can help you stop food waste, save money, and make Scotland greener at the same time.
Gary’s handy hints include:
- working with leftovers
- meal planning
- knowing your labels
- and much more
Check out the blog for more details, as well as a whole host of other interesting tips that can help you make food waste a thing of the past.