Author Archives: Paul Williams

Creation Time 2018 resources now available!

From the 1st of September to the Feast of St Francis on 4th October  churches around the world will be marking Creation Time.  This is a time to “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”. (3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007).

Creation Time 2018 follows the theme “Passing our Planet on”  linking to Scotland’s Year of Young People and also to the theme of the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering in April 2018.  It reflects on our planet passing on from one generation to the next, and the gifts given us by God to support and guide us in our care for creation.

It comes from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church.  Readings from the Gospel of Mark are emphasised, which appear in the Revised Common Lectionary in September.

The resources are available here

Eco-Congregation Scotland are hiring a new Charity Manager!

Could you be the one to bring about the future and vision of Eco-Congregation Scotland?

We are looking for a new Charity Manager to take on the exciting opportunity to manage Scotlands’ leading faith-led environmental charity and help us support churches to care for God’s creation.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is looking for a charity manager who will shape and grow the movement. With over 430 registered churches  across all  Christian denominations in Scotland, we have grown steadily since starting in 2001 and are now recognised as an international leader in Faith Action for the Environment.  We challenge church members and congregations to promote care for creation through worship, advocacy and in taking practical action to tackle climate change in their own lives and in the lives of their churches and surrounding communities, including action for climate justice around the world.

As manager you will have:-

  • exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills
  • experience of managing a small team and volunteers
  • fundraising and compliance experience in the charitable sector
  • a vision of how churches can contribute to tackling climate justice

Please click the link to see more about the post, including how to apply HERE

It is unlikely that candidates with less than 5 years since graduation will have the necessary experience for this post.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 8th August

Spring Pack now available from Faith Action for Nature Project

Spring is finally here and with it come the brand new resources from the Faith Action for Nature project. The project is open to any congregation who wants to take part and thus anyone can download the resources for free. Click the link to the Spring Pack

If you haven’t come across this project before, we suggest you take a look at the Welcome Pack and Frequently Asked Questions which tells you everything you need to know about how the project works. If you’d like to enroll in the pilot, you can get in touch with us, or through the Faith Action for Nature contact page.

Only congregations who get in touch with us will benefit from RSPB Scotland support.

Silver Award for St Columba’s By the Castle

Congratulations to St Columba’s by the Castle on achieving their Silver Award –

Our assessors commended them for their excellent communications and the many opportunities for ‘eco’ themed discussions within their Forum, Fellowship hour, Bible study and House groups.

 

 

The assessors were also impressed by:

  • The Day 4 Girls project, which has involved congregation members as well as others outside the church
  • The ways in which members can bring concerns/issues which are then discussed and debated
    through various forums, leading to specific actions and initiatives; e.g. discussions in the local
    community about the issue of air pollution are to be commended.
  • The Quiet Garden, which is an inspiring use of church grounds in response to the needs of the
    local community
  • The research and ways in which ideas are developed, for example in the development of the
    heating system and in the introduction of the Changeworks recycling boxes.