Category Archives: Stirling

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


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

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.

Presentation from John Ferguson of EcoideaM Ltd now available to download

Presentation given by John Ferguson from EcoideaM Ltd on 26th September at the Local Networks Seminar. A full report of the day will follow.

The presentation can be downloaded in PowerPoint format here: Eco Congregation Seminar Dunblane 260915