We would be interested in publishing articles from registered eco-congregations on our web site news page and in our monthly newsletter. So, if your congregation has done anything interesting recently why not write this up and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org ?
We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.
The Perth Eco-Congregation network has arranged a visit to the innovative Binn Eco Park for Saturday 11th October which is open to anybody from the Perth and surrounding (Stirling, Fife, Angus & Dundee) networks. Places are limited so please contact the Perth network co-ordinator Bill Wilson if you would like to attend.
Information about the exciting projects taking place can be found here and directions to the site are available here.
Our newest Eco-Congregation is Largo & Newburn Parish Church, Fife – we now have 317 Eco-Congregations across Scotland!
On 3rd October the Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering will be held at The Vine Conference Centre, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU. The theme of the day is “Communing With Nature”- Environmental Perspectives on Pilgrimage.
How far does the current revival of off-road pilgrimage travel reflect a spiritual dimension to today’s global conservation movement? Is there a physical and mental healing process of journeying outdoors on foot, bicycle or horseback that motivates increasing numbers of people to re-discover our historic pilgrimage centres? Does ‘active’ pilgrimage travel promote a wider importance of Scotland’s natural heritage to our well being, among people of all faiths and none?
Addressing these questions at the second annual Scottish Pilgrimage Gathering are a distinguished group of key speakers: scientist and author Professor Sam Berry; environmental adviser, writer and broadcaster Chris Baines of the Green Pilgrimage Network; and Professor Richard Oram of the University of Stirling. At a time when the Scottish Government has recently launched its National Walking Strategy, we are also very pleased that Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Environment will address the Gathering on the relevance of pilgrim walking routes in several key policy areas.
The day will also offer delegates a choice of two workshop sessions on different stakeholder interests in developing new Pilgrim Way long distance routes, covering local churches, landowners, faith tourism businesses, and community groups. The SPRF Annual General Meeting will follow separately.
More information available in the poster which can be downloaded to share with your congregations here.
You can also book online at their website here.
The Local Networks Seminar 2014 will take place on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls.
We hope you agree the programme (menu!) available here sets out an exciting and challenging day. It is, in fact, a “feast” for all those involved with our local networks aimed at providing food for thought for the year ahead!
It is important that as many networks as possible are represented at the Seminar and we have already circulated an invitation to network co-ordinators and key network members. However, we are now opening the invitation out to all network members but, as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment!
TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR: please email email@example.com with your name, network and church by Monday 25th August.
Dunblane Cathedral is about a 5 minute walk from the train station, up the Main Street (see http://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/Location.html) . Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive in Dunblane approx. every 30 minutes and some trains from the North also stop at Dunblane, although it may be necessary to go through to Stirling and change. There are also some intercity buses that stop in Dunblane. If it is necessary for you to come by car, please let us know if you are able to offer a lift.
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.
‘Sustainable money: Creating a financial system that is fit for purpose’
Fran Boait of the Positive Money campaign will be giving a talk on Thursday 17th April at 7pm in the Arts Building Lecture Theatre, The Scores, St Andrews.
Our current financial system has left us with the highest personal debt in history, unaffordable housing, worsening inequality, high unemployment and banks that are subsidised and underwritten with taxpayers’ money. The Positive Money group has researched these issues extensively and has found that these issues have a common root: money and how it is created.
Fran is coming up from London to talk about how the current monetary system works and how we can create a fairer and more democratic one, one that works for society and not against it. Everyone is welcome!
For more information:
www.transitionsta.org in the “What’s on” section
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org