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Report of our 2018 Annual Gathering

Our 2018 Annual Gathering and AGM took place on Saturday at Augustine United Church in Edinburgh. 105 people attended from as far away as Orkney and Leeds. Feedback from the event was very good and we would like to thank all the speakers, volunteers, the staff at Augustine and all those who participated.

 

Theme

The theme this year was “Pass the Planet”: what are we leaving to the next generation and what sort of world are we we leaving them.

Speakers

The speakers were:

Ross Greer MSP: A Member of the Scottish Parliament in the West of Scotland for the Green Party. Ross is 24 years old and was only 21 when elected.
He is a member of the Cross-Party Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Cross-Party Group on Consumer Protection for Home Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Ross is from Bearsden and is a member of Bearsden Cross Parish Church.

Hannah Mary-Goodlad: Was moderator of the Church of Scotland Youth Assembly in 2015 and is on the Scottish committee of Christian Aid.  While Youth Assembly Moderator, Hannah worked with Christian Aid on joint projects around climate change and she will be speaking about that. She also works in renewable energy.

Dr Ruth Valerio:  is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at TearFund. Prior to this she worked for the Christian Conservation organisation A Rocha.

Ruth has written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, has been part of the leadership team of Spring Harvest and a member of the Evangelical Alliance Board. 

 

Photograph Competition

The winners of our Photograph competition were, in each of the the ten categories:

Biodiversity
Dolina Munro

Caring for Creation
Lisa Talbot

Climate Change
David Coleman

Energy
David Coleman

Transport
Susan Kirkbride

Waste
David Coleman

Farming
Morris Conlan

Urban Land Use
Graeme Wilson

Rural Land Use
Dolina Munro

Pollution
Pat McKerrow

We will put their winning photographs in a separate new item.

 

Closing Worship

Was led by Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Director of Christian Aid Scotland.

 

Photographs of the Event

Here are some photos taken by David Coleman.

Hannah Mary Goodlad

 

Ross Greer MSP

 

 

Ruth Valerio

 

Table Discussions

 

Climate Action Workshops & Film Tour 2018

Over the next few months, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will be out across Scotland with their members putting on Climate Action Workshops which you can get involved in! These free to attend workshops are an exciting opportunity to meet others interested in climate change, get to know more about this years Climate Bill and to find out how you can get involved in campaigning.

SCCS are also delighted to be working in partnership with Take One Action at some of these workshops to bring you a screening of Not Without Us, a film following frontline activists in the fight against climate change. Check the event page of the workshop near you to find out if there will be a screening and how to get tickets.

More workshop dates and locations will be added over the next few weeks so keep checking the website for our up to date list. You can register for tickets at the confirmed dates so far by following the links below:

Selkirk – Thursday 26th April
Edinburgh – Sunday 3rd June
Dundee – Sunday 10th June
Inverness – Sunday 17th June
Irvine – Saturday 23rd June
St. Andrews – Friday 27th April
Aberdeen – Saturday 9th June
Glasgow – Saturday 16th June
Dumfries – Saturday 23rd June
Stirling – Sunday 24th June

 

 

 

Faith leaders from across Scotland have called for the passing of a “strong and ambitious” new Climate Change Bill.

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland Rev Dr Derek Browning, Catholic Bishop Joseph Toal and Mr Ameed Versace of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were among the faith leaders speaking at a special event held at the Dynamic Earth centre in Edinburgh, hosted by Claire Baker MSP and coordinated by Christian Aid, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Tearfund and Islamic Relief.

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 originally set a world-leading target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The Scottish Government now intends to introduce a new Bill which increases the target to a 90 per cent emissions reduction.

However, faith leaders are calling for “a net target of 100%” to be introduced, saying that it “might appear very difficult to achieve but with rapid decarbonisation of the economy envisaged in the draft Scottish Energy Strategy there is no reason to dismiss it.”

You can read more here on the SCIAF web site.

 

 

Meet Your MP.

 

This new  project from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office (SCPO) is called “Meet your MP”. It aims to build links between congregations and the 59 MPs that represent them across Scotland.

SCPO want church communities to be at the heart of the decisions that affect our everyday lives – and what better way to get involved than for churches to get to know their representatives in Westminster.

After the success of the ongoing Meet Your MSP project, Scottish MPs were enthusiastic about SCPO initiating a project that they could get involved in!

Congregations are encouraged to think of ways in which they could get to know their local MP, such as organising a walk, inviting them to a church event, or even just arranging a chat around some home baking. The possibilities are endless – but making contact is crucial.

For materials and and information on how to take part please go to:

http://www.scpo.scot/meet-your-mp/

 

 

 

St. Andrews Church, Brussels wins Silver award.

St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Brussels has won a silver Eco-Congregation award. This is the sixteenth award plaque we have sent out in the past four weeks and it is just on its way to the Post Office.

The assessors identified the following for particular commendation:

  • the widespread communication of the caring for creation message through all sectors of the
    congregation using noticeboard, Sunday School, sermons, film screenings and discussions;
  • the insulation of the church roof and the plans for the manse;
  • their commitment to global issues, shown in the twinning link to Adentan, support for Fair
    Trade, Christian Aid and WWF;
  • their making use of people within the congregation to link to European environmental agencies;
    the investment of church reserves in sustainable funds.

Congratulations to everyone at St Andrew’s for their ongoing commitment to climate change and other environmental issues.

Climate Action Workshops from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

These workshops will provide information about the Stop Climate Chaos CLimate Bill campaign and equip you with the knowledge and skills to take action. We hope attendees will feel inspired to take the message that we need a strong climate act onto their streets, communities and to their representatives.

In partnership with Take One Action, the workshops in Edinburgh (3rd June), Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Dumfries & Stirling will be followed by a screening of Not Without Us – following frontline activists in the fight against climate change for a subsidised cost of just £4!

There are nine workshops which you can register for today:

Edinburgh, Quakers Meeting House – 21st April

Talk in Glasgow, 23rd May: Christian Eco-Spirituality and its implications for the Post-Christian West

Please note in your diary a forthcoming event which will be of interest to many involved in eco-congregations (but also open to all).

On Wednesday 23rd May, at 7pm in the Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP, Rev. Dr. Jangkholam Haokip (better known as Lamboi) will give a talk on “Christian Eco-Spirituality and its implications for the Post-Christian West”. Lamboi is the founder of the Bethesda Khankho Foundation in Manipur, NE India which supports disadvantaged tribal communities and run a children’s home and school, and has published a text book based on indigenous cultural values that includes creation care. He is at present Associate Professor in the Theology and Ethics Department at Union Biblical Seminary in Pune.