Category Archives: Orkney

Local Networks Seminar report and summary now available

The report and summary report from the Local Networks Seminar held on 6th September are now available to download. You can access them here:

Write an article for our newsletter.

We would be interested in publishing articles from registered eco-congregations on our web site news page and in our monthly newsletter. So, if your congregation has done anything interesting recently why not write this up and send it to manager@ecocongregationscotland.org ?

We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.

A “Feast” of ideas, information, news and views available at this year’s Local Networks Seminar!

The Local Networks Seminar 2014  will take place on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls.

We hope you agree the programme (menu!) available here sets out an exciting and challenging day. It is, in fact, a “feast” for all those involved with our local networks aimed at providing food for thought for the year ahead!

It is important that as many networks as possible are represented at the Seminar and we have already circulated an invitation to network co-ordinators and key network members. However, we are now opening the invitation out to all network members but, as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment!

TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR: please email margaret@ecocongregation.org.uk with your name, network and church by Monday 25th August.

Dunblane Cathedral is about a 5 minute walk from the train station, up the Main Street (see http://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/Location.html) . Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive in Dunblane approx. every 30 minutes and some trains from the North also stop at Dunblane, although it may be necessary to go through to Stirling and change. There are also some intercity buses that stop in Dunblane. If it is necessary for you to come by car, please let us know if you are able to offer a lift.

Trevor Jamison visits Orkney eco-congregations

Eco Congregation Scotland  Environmental Chaplain visit to Orkney, 12-15 May 2014

 Eco Congregation Environmental Chaplain, Trevor Jamison, visited Orkney in May this year. He attended the Church of Scotland Presbytery Meeting, speaking in the afternoon about Eco Congregation Scotland, receiving a positive response, and having conversation with a number of ministers and elders.

King Street Halls

Trevor also met with the minister at Kirkwall East (Church of Scotland), Julia Lewandowska and members of the congregation’s Mission Group, discussing how they might move forward on a Continuing Award, thinking that the spiritual sphere of church life might be the area where they attempt something new.

The next day, Trevor was given a conducted tour of the East Mainland Parish courtesy of the minister, Wilma Johnston, and an opportunity to discuss the process for a church registering as an Eco Congregation.

In between these events and meetings Trevor also managed informal conversation with folk from the Roman Catholic parish and from the United Reformed Church’s Peedie Kirk.

 

Photos borrowed from church websites.

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

3rd Eco-Congregation Award to Kirkwall East Church

Kirkwall East Church has received their 3rd Eco-Congregation Award, making them one of just a few congregations in Scotland to receive this – many congratulations!

 

Kirkwall East Church

photo borrowed from their website:  http://www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/KIRKWALLEASTCHURCH/

The assessors particularly commended the outstanding commitment and work of the eco team, backed by the congregation.  As this is their third award, we are confident that the Eco-Congregation ethos is embedded in the life and work of the congregation.  We have recently introduced a “Continuing Award”, which gives those congregations who have achieved their third award the opportunity to continue to keep their award status up to date and we are sure Kirkwall East will carry on building on the real quality that is already present in the work they do.

Well Done!

A chance to tell your Travelling Tales

Stop Climate Chaos

Would you like to give up your car or other high carbon transport for six weeks and share your experience with others?

Stop Climate Chaos is looking for a small group of volunteers from around Scotland to join its travelling tales project.  To do so we will ask you to try to use low carbon travel for six weeks this autumn and to blog about it.

We are looking for someone from an eco-congregation to volunteer. We can’t pay you but Stop Climate Chaos will provide help with blogging and with sharing your stories.

If you are up for this challenge and for the chance to influence Scotland’s great transport debate you can find out more at :

http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/travelling-tales or by ringing Gail Wilson at Stop Climate Chaos on 0131 243 2701