Category Archives: Orkney

News from Orkney. #cop21baton

Adrian Shaw is just back from Orkney where the Climate Justice Baton was touring. The following article about the baton appeared in The Orcadian:

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Adrian also took this photograph of Julia Meason, Minister of Shapinsay Church, Orkney, which is one of our newest recruits with their Eco-Congregation Scotland registration certificate:

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Local Networks Seminar 2015, Saturday 26th September.

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 margaret@ecocongregation.org.uk 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.

 

 

Local Networks meetings for the Autumn announced

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?

Aberdeen

  • 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”

Ayrshire

  • Wednesday 30th September 7.30-9pm. Ethical Finance and Networking at Mauchline Parish Church

Central Borders

  • Monday 19th October 7.30-9pm. Solar Panels at Selkirk Parish Church

Edinburgh

  • 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

Glasgow

  • 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

Highland

  • Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Highland Network at West Church, Cromarty – an opportunity to see their air source heat pumps.

Mid Argyll

  • Thursday 1st October 7.30-9pm. Ethical Boycotts: Should the Church Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies? at Ardrishaig Parish Church

Moray

  • 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”

North Argyll

  • Monday 21st September 7.30-9pm. Network Launch at St John the Divine, Oban

Perth

  • 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”

Stirling

  • 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”

 

Would you like a theatre group to visit your church?

The Riding Lights Theatre Company will be touring a new show about Climate Change from a Christian perspective between September and November this year (see details below).

So far only two churches in Scotland have shown an interest, but if there is sufficient demand they might put on another week touring Scotland – from 16th November.

If you are interested please contact them via their web site www.ridinglights.org.

 

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Booking now open for Annual Gathering 2015!

Booking is now open for the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering on April 25 2015.

Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2015
Preparing For Paris

 

Saturday 25th April 2015, 10:00am – 3:15pm
Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk.
(Nearest rail station, Falkirk Grahamston)

Booking form (PDF File)

Booking form with full workshop, speaker and travel details (Word Format)

 

Main speakers

Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Climate Change, Scottish Government
Kathy Galloway, Director, Christian Aid Scotland

 

 About our Annual Gathering

This December leaders from around the world will meet in Paris to try and reach an international agreement on climate change. Come along to our Annual Gathering to find our what the Scottish government and voluntary organisations are doing to put pressure on world leaders for an agreement on climate change, and how to make your voice head. We will also have practical workshops on making your congregations more climate-friendly.

 

A new look for our award application forms!

We are pleased to announce that we have redesigned our Eco-Congregation award application forms to help make the award application and assessment process easier for congregations. There are now three different award application forms depending on which award your congregation is applying for, and clearer guidelines throughout the form to make the process as smooth as possible.

Don’t forget, if you have any queries or need assistance applying for the award, please just get in touch.

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We now have 117 award-winning congregations with more joining their numbers all the time – why not join them!

 

New events calendar for Eco-Congregation Scotland!

We now have an online calendar to easily find events that eco-congregations are hosting around the country. Network meetings, our Environmental Chaplain Rev Trevor Jamison’s worship-leading and talk sessions, as well as events such as our Annual Gathering and supported events such as Fast for the Climate will all be included.

Please do let us know if you have any events coming up that you would like us to add to our calendar!