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.
We now have 117 award-winning congregations with more joining their numbers all the time – why not join them!
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!
The report and summary report from the Local Networks Seminar held on 6th September are now available to download. You can access them here:
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 email@example.com ?
We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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