Category Archives: Perth

Perth Eco-Congregation Network Event – “The Environment – a Christian Imperative?” – a talk by Trevor Jamison – 19th November 2013 at 7.30pm – Riverside Church, Perth

The Perth Eco-Congregation Network is holding an event that it is organising with the help of Eco-Congregation Scotland on 19th November 2013 at 7.30 pm at Riverside Church, Bute Drive, Perth PH1 3BG.

The Rev Trevor Jamison of the United Reformed Church, Environmental Chaplain for Eco-Congregation Scotland, will be talking about the Environmental Imperative for Christians, and how care for Creation can help churches to become more involved with their community and with the wider world.

At a time when all churches are facing huge challenges and pressures with rising costs and shrinking congregations, is environmental concern a luxury we cannot afford?  Or might it just be part of the solution?

Trevor will speak for about 40 minutes followed by questions and discussion. The evening will finish by 9.00pm with a cup of tea.

A poster for this event can be downloaded on the link below.  Please feel free to pass this information on to your congregation or locally.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Perth Eco-Congregation Network Poster for Trevor Jamison talk

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

Church Wildlife Workshop – Saturday 14th September, 10.00am – 1.00pm at Inchture Church

Come and find out how you can improve your church grounds (and buildings!) for wildlife and learn how to be more bug, bat and swift friendly!

This is a free event but places are limited and only available on a first come, first served basis.  Booking forms are available from taysideswifts@yahoo.co.uk

 

Full programme and further details are available on the poster, which can be downloaded here:

Church Wildlife Workshop Poster

 

 

1st Eco-Congregation Award to Perth Riverside Church

Perth Riverside Church has received their first Eco-Congregation Award.  Congratulations!

The assessors particularly commended the congregation on the following:

  • the interaction with their local community and the ways in which they have involved them in so many different creation care projects, such as work on the community allotment, vegetable growing in the grounds involving local school children and the seed saving stall at Muirton Primary, working with Muirton Park Climate Challenge Project and particularly the widespread influence on the local and wider community through the activities of the Church’s Community Worker, Keith Wellstood;
  • the hard work on energy management and ongoing efforts to further reduce the carbon footprint of the church buildings;  and
  • the active engagement with Eco-Congregation Scotland through hosting local network meetings, which will, hopefully, help grow Eco-Congregation in the Perth area.

 Perth Riverside

Photo is borrowed from:  http://perthriverside.webnode.com/

Well done!

Scottish Friends of Ecumenism – Consultation 16th Feb 2013

Scottish Friends of Ecumenism has a long history of support and encouragement of ecumenical activity in Scotland tracing its origins to the early 1960’s. Though primarily associated with Churches working together, its membership has not been uncritical when progress was slow. It had been active in supporting the work and programme of Scottish Churches House until its recent closure.

We have discovered there is much that is good and exciting happening today. Individuals and groups addressing issues of peace and justice, the environment, social action, art and culture etc. There are conversations taking place across the divides of faith, culture and nationality.

It is in that context that we believe there is an opportunity to rediscover this inclusive and world-focussed ecumenical vision which challenges us to move out from our particular human made “ghettoes”

As a step towards exploring how this vision might grow in and outwith the churches, SFoE is planning a Consultation at St Mary’s Kinnoull Centre, Perth from 10.30am on Saturday 16th February 2013 till 2.00pm Sunday 17th February. SFoE extends a warm invitation to you to join us at this Consultation

We hope that from the responses, we will have a gathering of 40-50 people representing the Churches, other Faiths, Local initiatives, Art and Culture, Education and Social Action; and from a wide age range.

The pattern of this time together will be to spend the first part of Saturday in listening to each other as we hear about three areas of ecumenical experience under the headings of Action; Learning; Celebration. The three sessions would be introduced by short presentations but with ample opportunity for sharing with each other. Through this we hope to sense the differing yet mutually supportive experiences that are represented by the participants. In the final session of Saturday we would bring this together by identifying some of the common themes that have emerged

On the Sunday morning the focus will be on the future and whether the experience of Saturday leads us to a desire to continue the conversation ; and how that might be taken forward, if that seems appropriate. Sunday’s session will therefore have an open format enabling participants to map their vision of the ecumenical future in Scotland

Scottish Friends of Ecumenism therefore wish to repeat our warm invitation to you to attend this Consultation over the 16/17th February at Kinnoul. We believe that from your own involvement and experience you will have much to offer.

St Mary’s Kinnoul is probably known to many of you. It is a comfortable residential conference centre in Perth. The cost of the accommodation will be paid by Scottish Friends of Ecumenism.

For more information contact:

Rev Margaret Stewart

Secretary of Scottish Friends of Ecumenism

28 Inch Crescent, Bathgate, E48 1EU, E-mail : scoesecy@gmail.com