The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.
After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.
Local Networks Seminar Report 2015 also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.
Highland network meeting notes and Cromarty West ASH info sheet are available via the links below.
150914 Highland network notes
Cromarty West ASH info sheet
Presentation given by John Ferguson from EcoideaM Ltd on 26th September at the Local Networks Seminar. A full report of the day will follow.
The presentation can be downloaded in PowerPoint format here: Eco Congregation Seminar Dunblane 260915
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 email@example.com 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.
You are invited to the next meeting of the Highland Network of Eco-Congregation Scotland on Monday 14th September, 7.30pm, West Church, High Street, Cromarty IV11 8YP. A poster can be downloaded here and we would be grateful if you could print it out and display this in your church.
This meeting is an opportunity to see a church that has installed air source heat pumps in their buildings (for more information about this technology see http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/domestic/air-source-heat-pumps). Archie MacTaggart from the church has agreed to show us around, explain how the system works, what it’s benefits are, what it cost and how it was funded, as well as answering questions. Could this be a way in which you could heat your church more efficiently – and save money?
Please feel free to invite other members of your congregation who might be interested, especially the people responsible for church property or finances. We look forward to seeing you in Cromarty!
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”
On 26th-27th September, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (of which Eco-Congregation Scotland is an active member) will be showcasing community-led initiatives to address climate change, tackle injustice and power the move to safe, clean energy we need. People across the country can come along to an event near them, learn about what’s happening in Paris, how they can get involved and meet others who are concerned about climate change.
SCCS members will be running four free training events over the weekend:
Dundee: Sunday 27th September
We will discuss how we build Scotland’s climate justice movement towards Paris and beyond through supporting community-owned renewables and fossil fuel divestment campaigns. We’ll also develop our skills using social media, lobbying elected representatives and other practical tools for sustainability.
Hosted by Friends of the Earth Scotland: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-paris-and-beyond-dundee-climate-training-tickets-18049704151
Edinburgh: Saturday 26th September
Grow your skills and inspiration; hear from other ordinary campaigners and get to grips with the building blocks of developing an effective campaign. As part of the To Paris and Beyond weekend of climate-related events, the workshop will include a session dedicated to climate campaigning.
Session run by WWF, day organised by Take One Action: http://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/event/free-campaigner-training/
Glasgow: Sunday 27th September
Hear about why Paris COP21 is such a vital conference. Get a sneak peek of what will be happening at the Scotland rally. Meet other people concerned about climate change. Learn how to use social media to get more people engaged in climate campaigning. Gain skills to engage with politicians about climate change.
Hosted by Oxfam Scotland: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/training-day-to-paris-and-beyond-tickets-18020032402
Inverness: Sunday 27th September
Find out the facts about how climate change is affecting wildlife and habitats and the potential for Scotland to do more. Learn about how nature can help us be resilient to the impacts of climate change and what actions we’re calling for. Getting involved has no age restriction and there is something for everyone from expert talks to family-friendly hands-on workshops to youth training for how to lobby your politician.
Hosted by RSPB: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-paris-and-beyond-training-day-tickets-18094026721