We have been asked by the Scottish Government to find a congregation who could exhibit a display of their Eco-Congregation work and man a stall at an event they are organising prior to the Paris conference. The event takes place on 18th November in Edinburgh. If your congregation is close enough to Edinburgh and would be able to put on a display during the day we would love to hear from you.
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”
The visit of the climate justice baton to St Bryce’s Kirk in Kirkcaldy was covered by the Fife Free Press. Here is the cutting:
The #cop21baton was at Dunfermline United Reformed Church last Sunday where the Eco-Congregation Environmental Chaplain, Rev. Trevor Jamison, led worship.
Hundreds of people are already signed up to come along and help us hand in thousands of messages from across Scotland to the First Minister. Are you one of them?
Join us outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 12-2pm on Wednesday 27th of May (or between 1-1:30pm if your time is limited) to demand action on our climate commitments and to push for leadership on climate action internationally.
You can sign up on Facebook, or just come along on the day. And of course there is just one week left to send your message to the First Minister, and encourage your friends and family to do it too.
Speak Up for the Climate at Westminster
After the General Election you might be pleased, you might be disappointed. But whoever your new MP is, it’s their job to represent you – and now more than ever they need to hear your voice on climate change.
Will you join us in London on 17th June to tell your MP why climate change matters to you – and ask them to do more about it?
Over 3,500 people have already said they’ll come. That’s a brilliant start, but we’d love to see even more people join in. Sign up now.
We hope to see you outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday next week.
The next network meeting will be on Thursday 28th May, 7.30 – 9pm at St John’s Church, Bonnygate, Cupar KY15 4BY. Scott Wham, an architect specialising in church refurbishment, will talk about how you can make your church buildings more user friendly and sustainable. Are your buildings and “Asset or Millstone – are they helping or hindering your mission and outreach?
Click here to download the poster (PDF file)