Big congratulations are in order for Carlops Church who have become only the third congregation in Scotland to receive the continuing Eco-Congregation award. This award is given to congregations who have already been awarded the first three Eco-Congregation awards over a period of nine years in order to recognise their ongoing and exceptional commitment to creation care and the Eco-Congregation movement.
Cardrona, Glen, Innerleithen, Peebles, Traquair and Walkerburn are planning a community walk this summer. Chester Hill, Quair Water, Bush aboon Traquair: walk the landscape to celebrate it and show your love for the hills, burns and woods. Join us in giving voice to concern about how climate change threatens nature, our way of life, and those more vulnerable than ourselves.
Saturday 27th June 2015 at Noon
Meet at: Traquair Kirk car park
or join us, walkers and non walkers, at 3pm at the Bear Gates for the last short stretch to Traquair’s magnificent yew tree near the House.
This walk is part of the People’s Pilgrimage, a worldwide project to show our leaders our love of nature and concern about climate change. Communities all over the world are taking part so every step taken counts towards the total effort. The aim is for all our walks to be the equivalent of one walk around the world, so let’s do our bit! This year is a defining moment when our leaders can set us on the right course to rid the world of dangerous levels of carbon emissions. More information can be found at ourvoices.net or from any of the organisations supporting this beautiful way for us to show the love of all we care for.
Congratulations to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Melrose, who have become the 120th Eco-Congregation to receive the Eco-Congregation Award!
The congregation was particularly commended for its imaginative approach to recycling – they recycle old church organ pipes for bird boxes!; their active role in networking with other churches and environmental groups in the area; awareness that care for creation is an evangelical tool in the church and community; and their understanding of the need for good energy management.
To find out how your church can apply for the Eco-Congregation Award please click here.
The notes from the most recent Central Borders network meeting are available to read here.
About three miles east of the Border town of Melrose lies the site of the original Celtic monastery, founded by monks from Iona some five hundred years before the Cistercians appeared in Scotland. It was here at Old Melrose that a young man called Cuthbert was converted to Christianity and received his training to the priesthood from Prior Boisil (St Boswell).
During summer months the Melrose Historical & Archaeological Association arranges regular guided walks around the monastic site and surrounding countryside. These take place on the first Monday of each month, starting at 1.30 pm from the Old Melrose Tearoom (off the A68). For further information contact Ian Skinner on 01835 822823 or email email@example.com
The Riding Lights Theatre Company will be touring a new show about Climate Change from a Christian perspective between September and November this year (see details below).
So far only two churches in Scotland have shown an interest, but if there is sufficient demand they might put on another week touring Scotland – from 16th November.
If you are interested please contact them via their web site www.ridinglights.org.