This year’s Local Networks Seminar is being held on Saturday 26th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls. Please note the date, which is later in September this year.
The main topic for the day will be “After Paris – What happens next?”
The Climate Justice Baton Relay (see http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/get-involved/events/baton-relay/) has been a huge success. The Baton has been (double!) booked every Sunday, and many dates in between, since its launch in April until it departs for Paris at the end of November. Congregations from Orkney to Dumfries have taken the Baton into their churches, schools and community centres, paraded it through the streets, taken it up mountains and on pilgrimages to spread the message that now is the time for Climate Justice.
John Ferguson of the Binn Eco Park has agreed to start the discussion by giving us an overview of the issues and how these relate to what we can do in church and community. John is a Christian, who formerly worked for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and is now running a ground breaking environmental business. He is an inspirational speaker with a wide knowledge of and insights into the issues. You can download a short biography for John here.
Trevor Jamison, our environmental chaplain will be offering some biblical and theological insights on the theme. There will also be time allowed for the usual exchange of news and views and networking between the networks.
A full programme for the Seminar is available for download here. Places are limited please therefore book your place by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 7th September.
For those unable to get to the Seminar we will be producing a Report of the day and consulting more widely on the outcomes.
The first round of meetings for the Autumn Local Networks programme have been announced! More details to follow; here is the schedule as it stands:
Local Networks Seminar
- Saturday 26 September at Dunblane Cathedral, 11am-3.30pm. After Paris – What Happens Next?
- Wednesday 7th October 7.30-9pm. Eco Schools at Stonehaven South Parish Church
Angus and Dundee
- Wednesday 8th Oct, 7.30 – 9pm at St Andrew’s, Dundee with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 30th September 7.30-9pm. Ethical Finance and Networking at Mauchline Parish Church
- Monday 19th October 7.30-9pm. Solar Panels at Selkirk Parish Church
- Wednesday 23rd September 7.30-9.30pm. “Why Christians Should Care for Creation: Becoming an Eco-Congregation” talk and panel discussion at St Andrew and St George’s West Church
Esk and Tweed
- Monday 5th October 7.30-9pm. Community Initiatives / Recycling at Penicuik North Kirk
- Wednesday 9th September 7.30-9pm. Garden Project at Yoker Parish Church
Helensburgh and Lomond
- Wednesday 9th Sepember 7.30-9pm
- Wednesday 4th November 7.30-9pm
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Highland Network at West Church, Cromarty – an opportunity to see their air source heat pumps.
- Thursday 1st October 7.30-9pm. Ethical Boycotts: Should the Church Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies? at Ardrishaig Parish Church
- Tuesday 15th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Moray Network in the West Meeting Room. Williamson Hall, Elgin. Speaker Grant Lawson from Moray Council on “Waste Matters”
- Monday 21st September 7.30-9pm. Network Launch at St John the Divine, Oban
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Perth Network at St Ninian’s Cathedral with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 16 September. Stirling’s Low Carbon Future with Morag Buxel at St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling
West Lothian and Falkirk
- Monday 28th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm at Torphichen Parish Church with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
Here are some more photographs of members of congregations in Argyll and Oban demanding climate justice at the Paris meetings in December:
With the Episcopal congregation at Kilbrandon Parish Church
With Christian leaders in Oban who meet regularly for prayer and discussion
The midweek congregation at St John’s Cathedral, Oban
Very Revd Nicki McNelly at High Altar at St John’s Cathedral, Oban
This was the fourth in a series of Regional Gatherings being held in Network areas from where it is hard for people to travel to national meetings, which are usually held in the Central Belt. The aim of the day was to help support and develop caring for creation work in the area’s congregations. It was also an opportunity for ECS to consult and listen to the views of the network in regard to how to best support development locally. This was Eco-Congregation coming to the Argyll!
16 people attended the Regional Gathering, representing congregations from to Ardchattan, and Oban to Ardrishaig and Inveraray. There was a mix of congregations represented, bringing a range of experience: from second award winners to those that are just considering registering as an ecocongregation.
Click here to download the full report (PDF file)
During its travels around Argyll the Eco-Congregation climate justice baton visited St Modan’s Church, Ardchatten where it was welcomed by all ages of the congregation.
This event took place in Lochgilphead Baptist Centre on 30th May. Much information and inspiration were shared on the day with presentations from local environmental projects, including the Lochgilphead Campus Eco School and Blarbuie Woodlands. The Gathering also spawned the idea for a new network in North Argyll! A full report of the Gathering can be downloaded at the following link: Report of Mid Argyll Regional Gathering 2015.
The next network meetings in the Argyll area are:
21st September, 7.30pm New! North Argyll Network St John’s Cathedral, Oban
1st October, 7.30pm Mid Argyll Network Ardrishaig Parish Church
Further details to follow nearer the time!
The baton made its way around the Mid Argyll network last week and has visited the Eco-Congregation Scotland Regional Gathering, Ardrishaig Parish Church, Lochgilphead Eco-School, and the Argyll Presbytery!