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