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.
At the next meeting, Adrian will be giving a “Report back on the Paris Climate Change Conference”. This meeting will be at 10:30am in Alexandria Parish Church, 1 Lomond Road, Balloch, Alexandria, West Dumbarton G83 8SJ.
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.
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”
Elizabeth Lambert writes:
The Helensburgh and Lomond Network coffee morning was well attended and featured stalls displaying the work of local schools to gain their ECO Schools Flags. The Primary Schools had also submitted entries to a competition entitled “How to make your garden or school more wildlife friendly”. We had four schools entering and the many entries were of a very high calibre, Rhu school had submitted pictures and models, while Cardross and Hermitage submitted display boards. The winner however was Kilcreggan with their book, detailing in pictures and writing all the things they had done to make their school more wildlife friendly.
There were also displays about Climate Change, Water Aid, Eco Congragation, the Helensburgh Beekeepers and Friends of Hermitage Park. £202.80 was raised for Eco Congregation Scotland from sales of homebaking. Hopefully everyone went away having learnt something new.
Photos: Elizabeth Lambert