Category Archives: Fife

Fife Network Event – “The Environment – A Christian Imperative?”

“The Environment a Christian Imperative?”

 

The Fife Eco-Congregation Network invites you to an event that it is jointly organising with Eco-Congregation Scotland for all Ministers, Pastors, Priests, Session Clerks, Vestry Secretaries, laity with responsibilities for Mission and Chairs of Boards on 25th November 2013 at 7.30 pm at the Old Parish Centre, Short Lane, Cupar KY15 5EQ

 

The Rev Trevor Jamison of the United Reformed Church has recently been appointed as Environmental Chaplain for Eco-Congregation Scotland, a post supported by the URC. He will be talking about the Environmental Imperative for Christians, and how care for creation can help churches to become more involved with their community and with the wider world.

 

At a time when all churches are facing huge challenges and pressures with rising costs and shrinking congregations, is environmental concern a luxury we cannot afford? Or might it just be part of the solution?  The meeting will pose the challenge: “Can caring for creation help care for the Church?”

 

Trevor will speak for about 40 minutes followed by questions and discussion. The evening will finish by 9.00 pm with a cup of tea.

Bill Mckibben and Ben Kurzman speak at the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh.

Bill Mckibben , a Methodist minister from Vermont and leading American environmentalist stopped off in the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh last week on his ’fossil free tour’ of Europe.

Bill is a veteran campaigner and told entertaining stories about being arrested outside the White House in Washington DC but his message on climate change was clear and unambiguous: ‘do the math’.

There is more oil, coal and gas in the ground than we can ever burn if we are to contain global warming. If we continue to burn fossil fuels at the present rate we will create unacceptable global warming of more than two degrees Celsius. The only safe option is to leave fossil fuels in the ground.

You can read his article on this theme published in 2012 in Rolling Stone magazine:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

Bill argues that the way to bring this about is to divest from fossil fuel companies and has been campaigning in the USA for some time. Now the campaign has come to Scotland and speaking alongside Bill was Ben Kurzman of Dalgety Bay eco-congregation in Fife.

Ben Kurzman speaking at the event.

Ben Kurzman speaking at the event.

Ben is working with other young people to persuade the Church of Scotland to divest from fossil fuel companies. You can find the petition here:

http://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-the-church-of-scotland-from-fossil-fuels

It was a tremendous achievement for Ben to speak alongside Bill McKibben and marks a new milestone in action for an eco-congregation member. Our congratulations to Ben!

St. Andrews Green Film Festival

The St. Andrews Green Film Festival takes place at the University of St Andrews from 22-24th of November.

The festival will be showing some of the latest and most inspiring films about environmental concerns and sustainable development. In between films you will have a chance to mingle and take part in three action focused workshops. Organised by University Transition Town Group, and part of a national film event.

For more info go to: http://www.transitionsta.org and www.greenfilm.org.uk

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