Category Archives: Stirling

Invitation to “Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden”, Stirling, 7.30pm Mon 20th February

Invitation to:

 

‘Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden’

7.30 p.m.

Monday 20th February

The Methodist Church

Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL

           

The above meeting is being co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth – Stirling. The main speaker will be Dr. Julia Edwards, a church mission partner of the Methodist Church. She is working with the Pacific Council of Churches as a climate researcher. This is very much a hands on job as much of her work involves working with communities affected by adverse weather events. This includes working with communities in the planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas. Indeed in some cases abandoning whole very low lying islands and moving to a larger one. This can be quite a considerable distance away. These migrations are entirely due to global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the industrial north.

After the talk there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to discuss a response from this area and country to the urgent and increasing needs of the vulnerable people of the Pacific Islands and elsewhere in the world. The plight of these people depends very much on the planning decisions we make in the industrial countries and in Scotland that includes the decision that has to be made on ‘fracking’.

Also in the coming year there is the new Climate Change Bill being introduced in the Scottish Parliament. Will it be bold enough in its aspirations to again give a lead to other legislators elsewhere and encourage them to follow this country’s example.?

Along with these issues, there is also the need to increase our investments in the generation of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects that reduce the amounts of greenhouse gases that we push into the atmosphere.

We hope that you are able to attend this important meeting, and share with us your views on this growing global crisis and plans to attempt to minimise its adverse effects.

If you are unable to attend yourself please pass this invitation onto someone whom you think may be interested and could attend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An invitation From Forth Environment Link.

Invitation From Forth Environment Link which may be of interest:

Forth Environment Link, Start Up Stirling, Sunlight Cafe and Mercat City Centre Community Council and some of the UK’s leading charities and community groups working with people affected by hunger have combined forces for the first time to launch a campaign that aims to end hunger in the UK. A recent report from the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation suggested that as many as 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to put enough food on the table, equivalent to the entire population of London.

Working here in Stirling, we know many residents go without adequate and nutritious food – for all sorts of reasons. At this event collectively we will talk about this issues relating to Stirling we will also hear from local organisations and people about their projects and experiences. Start-Up Stirling run three weekly food banks plus delivery throughout Stirlingshire to those who cannot buy food for themselves.  Throughout 2016 there have been 102,800 meals of crisis food provided to 1900 individuals with 635 of these (33%) being children.

Joining us from Edinburgh will be Charlie Hanks telling us about their The Real Junk Food Project Edinburgh that turns food that would otherwise go to waste into three-course meals served Pay As You Feel. While focusing on waste reduction, the project’s aim is wider: to help build resilient mixed-demographic food communities where everyone has dignified access to healthy food.”

Like us, the other charities behind the new End Hunger UK campaign (www.endhungeruk.org) work first-hand with thousands of local community groups and projects across the UK that support people affected by hunger, and while they believe the voluntary sector’s support can be “life-changing”, they say longer term solutions are urgently needed to tackle the issue.“That’s why we’re calling for an urgent, national conversation about what needs to be done, by the Government and others, to ensure that children get the food they need to give them the best start in life, and that nobody in the UK needs to go hungry.”

People affected by hunger, or with ideas about how the Government should tackle the issue, are being urged to add their voice to the campaign by joining End Hunger UK’s ‘Big Conversation’ online, on social media using the hashtag #EndHungerUK, or at local charity and community group events being held across the UK, until March 2017.

In Stirling you can join us on Saturday the 11th of February 11.30 – 2pm at the Cowane Centre in Stirling to join the conversation.

Sunlight Cafe will be providing refreshments and local seasonal soups and sandwiches from 12.45 onwards – let us know if you plan to come along by emailing emily@forthenvironmentlink.org or calling 01786 449 215.

If you are not sure you can make it or you can’t do the whole event the doors will be open from 12.45 onwards after the talks so you can add your opinions, experiences and ideas and grab a bite to eat and a blether.

Also a link to Face book event – if you wish to use this

https://www.facebook.com/events/1190215797761368/

Callander Kirk’s annual pilgrimage.

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On a beautiful late summer afternoon (28th August), 9 walkers and 4 cyclists set out from Callander Kirk on the annual pilgrimage to the Trossachs.

At Loch Vennachar, we stopped for a picnic lunch, sang “Be still, for the beauty of the Lord” and listened to a short meditation on life as a pilgrimage. Continuing on along the scenic south shores of the loch, we chatted and enjoyed the surrounding hills, lochs, trees, flowers and wildlife. At our second stop, we made crosses from grass and sticks, sang, prayed and reflected on a bible reading. From here, the walkers took a shorter route, while the cyclists completed a loop around Loch Achray.

Meeting up again at the picturesque Trossachs Kirk, where we were joined by some who had come by car, swelling the congregation to around 30 folk. Rev. Valerie Allen led a short act of worship in the church, and our pilgrimage finished with a lovely picnic tea of home-made scones, cakes and other goodies. Thanks were due to Margaret Warnock for organising the event, and all those who contributed in many ways. Already, we are looking forward to next year’s pilgrimage. If you missed it this year, come along next year – or better still, organise your own mini-pilgrimage or outdoor worship while this summer lasts!

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Would your church like to host a show about Cairo’s rubbish collectors?

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The show “My Neighbourhood: Cairo’s Rubbish Collectors” by Christian Stejskal is on at the Edinburgh Just Festival on Friday 26th August. You can see the details here.

This show is a colourful personal journey from my birth city of Vienna to Ethiopia by foot, then into the lives of Cairo’s rubbish collectors, whom I met during this pilgrimage. After finishing my walk in Axum, I returned to Cairo and lived with the Zabbaleen. Supporting myself as a violinist at the Cairo Opera House, I spent five years taking photos and listening to stories of their joys, struggles, tragedies and small triumphs. Through seven spoken word vignettes, photos and violin music performed live, this show recounts lives of the Zabbaleen and my encounter with them.

However, you could have this show at your church on Friday 2 Sept or Sat 3 Sept. They are currently four shows planned in Edinburgh and Glasgow and the organisers would like to stage other one in another Scottish city.

The financial implications for the host would be “in-kind,” consisting of the following:

Donation of space for the performance, including use of video projector that can be plugged into a laptop, a head mic to amplify the spoken-word narrations, and a spotlight on the performer. If they lack this equipment, I can try to arrange to bring with us. Advertising and dissemination of information about the event.

If you are interested please contact Jamie Furniss Jamie.Furniss@ed.ac.uk
 

Guide to Hustings in advance of 2016 Scottish Parliament elections

After some brief discussion about political engagement at one of the recent Eco-Congregation Network Meetings, we thought you might be interested in the materials available from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office; the guide to the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections in particular.  This includes a number of themes you might explore , suggested questions for candidates and a guide to setting up hustings.

You can view their resources on the website or get in touch with them here .

 

CoP21 What Next? Stirling Network event 24th of February

The Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer, Adrian Shaw, is presenting a talk and leading a discussion on CoP21, the UN Climate Change Conference held in Paris during December. The talk will also be presented to a several ECS Networks over the coming weeks.

Adrian was one of a small group of pilgrims from Scotland who took the ECS Baton to the Conference with our demands for climate justice. Many network members and their congregations will have supported these demands by “hosting” the Baton in their churches on its journey around the country last year.

‘CoP21 What Next’ is an opportunity to hear a report back on this important Conference and consider how the outcomes will influence action in our churches, homes, work and daily lives.

For churches CoP21 was a breakthrough moment, with pilgrims from around the world meeting together. However although CoP21 was hailed as a great success by some it was also denounced as a failure by others.

So what does CoP21 mean for churches?

What did we achieve?, and,

How do we take this forward?

Please join us for a discussion on ‘CoP 21: What Next?’

Wed 24th February 2016

7.30 – 9.00pm

Stirling Methodist Church,

Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL

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Exciting new developments from the Local Networks Seminar 2015 – Report now available!

The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.

After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.

Local Networks Seminar Report 2015  also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.