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Good Food Nation Consultation

Link to Easy Read Version
Link to Full Consultation

Host a Kitchen Table Talk

To widen participation, the Scottish Food Coalition are encouraging people who care about our food system to host a Kitchen Table Talk. These informal gatherings can be organised by anyone, any time, anywhere, and there are handy resources available to support hosts. This could be done as part of your Eco-Group, Homegroup, Youth Group, Guild etc. Find out more here: https://www.foodcoalition.scot/kitchen-table-talks.html

Aberdeen Network Event: Church Grounds – A Partnership with Aberdeen City Council

January 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

ADD YOUR VOICE: New Year’s Climate Resolutions

As Eco-Congregation Scotland wishes you all the very best for the year ahead, please take a final opportunity to send a New Year’s Climate Resolutions message to Scottish party leaders with your wishes for action on climate and nature in 2024.

Following last month’s COP28 Global Day of Action, organised through Stop Climate Chaos Scotland uniting groups across the country, please send your message at this link by Wednesday 17th January:

www.stopclimatechaos.scot/2024-message-to-party-leaders

Eco-Congregation Scotland trustee Marjory McGhie from Livingston United Parish Church was among hundreds braving the elements on the Global Day of Action, pictured above right alongside Calum Martin and Lucy Le Roux of Christian Aid.

Read more in Lucy’s blog on the day, including comments from David Bethune of Selkirk Parish Church. We look forward to encouraging and supporting more climate campaigning over 2024 as we approach the next UK General Election.

Assessors’ Training: Eco-Congregation Scotland Awards
Part 1: Monday 15th January 2024, 7.30pm–8.30pm
Part 2: Monday 22nd January 2024, 7.30pm–9.30pm

Register for link – or email for future interest

Congratulations to Eileen McQuade, above left, lead volunteer for the eco efforts of St Ninian’s and St Cuthbert’s Parish, Hamilton and all parishioners who welcomed Rt Rev Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell to receive their Eco-Congregation Scotland Silver Award from our depute chair John Seenan.

We need more volunteers to assess these Award applications. There are still spaces for our initial two-part online training this month, or you can email interest for later this year. Assessors visit congregations to confirm they meet our criteria and it’s a rewarding way to share experience and ideas with churches across Scotland. 

Well done also the Salvation Army in Shetland who received a Bronze Award after an online assessment with their innovative polytunnel project, plus support of volunteers from Cunningsburgh United Free Church of Scotland, recently reported in The Shetland Times!

Assessments are often carried out online to save travel. The time commitment and distance travelled are up to you and may only take a few hours every few months. You might bring insights from work, volunteering, church life or experience of applying for an Award yourself.

We still have spaces left for any volunteers keen to train as Award Assessors on the next two Mondays. Please register if you are able to join – or email us if you are interested in being trained later in 2024.

Silver Award for St Ninian’s RC Church Dundee

Prayer/Meditation as COP begins …

[Downloadable PDF: text alone below ]

Dear Sustaining God

in Scotland, we’ve been here:

we hosted COP

and made the most

of getting together,

sticking our necks out

marching, protesting encouraging.

It did some good, thank God.

Though not enough, 

as the sweltering  Earth 

in person assures us:

breathlessly groaning, 

and lashing out.

with fire and flood and drought.

And so this time round

when still, so much could come 

of the gathering 

and mutual encouragement of nations

yet when disappointment and frustration 

seem part of the process

simply, help us 

from the outset,

to wish them well:

the scientists who compare notes

the indigenous folk, who bring wisdom

the protesters, 

who hold it all to account

and even the ludicrous greenwashers

and lackeys of pollution

that on the Road to Damascus 

or even Dubai

they may be inspired

to practice what they proclaim.

We pray for the strengthening 

of the voices of the smaller nations;

For the laughter 

that brings down unjust  thrones;

the faith that shouts Hosanna!

God Help Us!

Hallelujah anyway!

And bless and use 

the  Great Green Circus of the nations

for justice in Heaven and Earth.

AMEN