Category Archives: East-Lothian

Eco-Congregation event at Edinburgh International Science Festival

This is to let you know about an exciting event we are organising as

part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

“Cosmologies, Faith and the Environmental Crisis” will explore how
different religion’s understanding of the universe affects how
believers treat the environment.

Chaired by Dr Jeremy Kidwell of The University of Edinburgh, speakers
Dr Fazlun Khalid of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and
Environmental Studies and Dr Mark Harris of the School of Divinity at
The University of Edinburgh will explore how the cosmologies of the
world’s religions affect human behaviour, and what this means for
evidence-based science. This will be followed by an open discussion
with the audience.

This event takes place at 8pm on Saturday 19th April 2014, at the
auditorium, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.
We would be delighted to see there.

To book a ticket please visit the Science Festival web site here:

This event is presented by Eco-Congregation Scotland and funded by
ourselves and the Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in
the Contemporary World, at the University of Edinburgh.



Wild Places: The John Muir film festival

WILD PLACES: The John Muir Film Festival marks the opening of the new coast to coast pathway with film screenings and speakers at The Brunton, Musselburgh plus screenings at venues along the Way.

WILD PLACES, presented by The Brunton, reflects Muir’s passion for wild places and the environment and celebrates all of the talents of this extraordinary Scotsman – as a naturalist, writer, artist, explorer and founder of the modern conservation movement.


Films and speakers include:

The Last Explorers – John Muir (12A), BBC documentary. Neil Oliver follows in Muir’s footsteps, set in the spectacular Yosemite Valley, with pre screening talk from Countryfile’s Tom Heap.

The Edge of the World (U). Michael Powell’s love story set on the remote island of Foula.

Baraka (PG). Breathtaking documentary capturing images from 24 countries that transcend geographical and language barriers. Pre screening talk from Scott Donaldson of Creative Scotland discussing the link between the arts and environmental issues.

Grizzly Man (15). Fascinating documentary about Timothy Treadwell who spent 13 summers in Alaska living among grizzly bears.

Into The Wild (15). Sean Penn’s moving film about Chris McCandless who leaves behind his family and possessions to search for a greater communion with nature. Pre screening talk with Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin who reads from Muir’s journals and letters.

Over The Hedge (U). A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating.

Chasing Ice (12A). A profound cinematic experience featuring breathtaking time lapse footage of the impact of climate warming and glacial melt. Pre screening talk with top British mountaineer and stand up comic, Andy Kirkpatrick.


You can download the full programme here or from

Tickets for films at The Brunton from 0131 665 2240 / or online. Details of other venues are in the full programme.

East Lothian Network Event 17 March – FRACKING: Sensible Solution or Disastrous Development?

On Monday 17th March at 7.30pm Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer, will lead a talk and discussion on Fracking: Sensible solution or disastrous development?

The event will be at Abbey Church North Berwick and all are welcome!

You can print off a poster to share with your congregation and find out more information here: East Lothian Fracking poster

2013 Local Networks Seminar

The 2013 Local Networks Seminar took place on 7th September in Dunblane Cathedral Halls.  The Seminar is organised to provide  an opportunity for networking between the networks, to provide ideas for action and for networks to give feedback to ECS.  This year 14 of our 17 networks were represented and they participated in discussions ranging from “Ways of Understanding the Human Role in Creation” to looking at issues such as plastic recycling, recruitment and personal lifestyles.  Swap Sessions on ideas for network activities were also a main feature of the day.

A full report of the Seminar can be downloaded here.

Local Networks Seminar 2013 Report

East Lothian Eco-Congregation Network Meeting – 11th September 2013

The East Lothian Network of Eco-Congregation Scotland invites you and members of your congregation to their next meeting on Wednesday 11th September, 7.30pm at Yester Parish Church, Main Street, Gifford EH41 4QH, when the Reverend Trevor Jamison, Environmental Chaplain, Eco-Congregation Scotland will be giving a talk about “Looking at the Bible through Green-Tinted Lenses”:   reading the Bible as an inspiration for environmental action.  There will also be an opportunity to see and hear about Yester’s biomass boiler and there will be a short time in the meeting for “network business”: planning a programme for 2013-14 and looking at ways of encouraging new congregations – and each other.

We would be grateful if you were able to have this meeting included in the intimations or notices which go out at your services and a poster for this event is available to download (below) for printing out and display in your church buildings/halls.

We look forward to seeing you there!

130911 East Lothian network poster


A chance to tell your Travelling Tales

Stop Climate Chaos

Would you like to give up your car or other high carbon transport for six weeks and share your experience with others?

Stop Climate Chaos is looking for a small group of volunteers from around Scotland to join its travelling tales project.  To do so we will ask you to try to use low carbon travel for six weeks this autumn and to blog about it.

We are looking for someone from an eco-congregation to volunteer. We can’t pay you but Stop Climate Chaos will provide help with blogging and with sharing your stories.

If you are up for this challenge and for the chance to influence Scotland’s great transport debate you can find out more at : or by ringing Gail Wilson at Stop Climate Chaos on 0131 243 2701