5th May 2013 – For Immediate Release.
FAITH COMES TO THE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Eco-Congregation Scotland is holding an event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on Tuesday 2nd of April.
The event entitled “Faith in the future: the church and our environment” will be chaired by journalist Lesley Riddoch and brings together psychologists, theologians and others interested in behaviour change to discuss how religious faith can be a driver for environmental sustainability. Four expert speakers will give their views followed by a round table discussion with audience participation.
The event is being sponsored by Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS). Scotland’s national ecumenical body made up of nine Christian denominations.
Gordon Hudson of Eco-Congregation Scotland said:
“This event moves the debate about religion and science away from stale debates about the existence of God to the practical issue of whether religious faith can change our behaviour for the good of the environment and the future of our world.”
The event is at 6pm on Tuesday 2nd April in the Dining Room at Teviot Row Student’s Union, Bristo Square, Edinburgh. Tickets are available from the Science Festival web site, by phoning the box office on 0844 557 2686 or from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival shop, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.
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Gordon Hudson, 0131 240 2274, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eco-Congregation Web Site: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org
ACTS web site: http://www.acts-scotland.org
Science Festival Web Site: http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk
Food on Film Tour
THURSDAY 31ST JANUARY 2013
Deans Community High School Theatre, Livingston EH54 8PS Tel: 01506 282155
2pm PLANEAT Runtime: 72 mins BBFC Certificate: U Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Against a backdrop of colorful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, Planeat for the first time brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have made it their life’s work to answer these questions. The award-winning PLANEAT inspires you to make the right food choices. Choices that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer; protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food.
Cup of tea and biscuits at 3.30pm in the Library.
4pm FOOD, INC. Runtime: 94 mins Country: USA * BBFC Certificate: PG You’ll never look at dinner in the same way… How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same-a tomato still looks like a tomato-it has been radically transformed. In Food, Inc., producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) lift the veil on the food industry. With the use of animation and compelling graphics, the filmmakers reveal how a handful of corporations control our food supply. The system is highly productive, and consumers are spending less on food than ever before. But at what cost?
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Contact Marjory McGhie (Marjory.email@example.com) for further details.
Cup of tea and biscuits will be available from 3.30 – 4.00pm.
Rural Connect is a new project based at SRUC Oatridge campus. Their aim is to reconnect people living in West Lothian with the (rural) environment. Over the next two years, their mission is to develop and deliver practical projects and community-based activities, set up community volunteering groups, help existing groups and deliver skills development training and learning activities to school pupils, local residents of all ages, groups from urban areas and West Lothian’s rural business owners/managers.
They need to find out what people living in West Lothian think about their rural environment, and what kinds of things people want to engage and connect with; to do this they are conducting a survey online at:
Please spare 5 minutes to give them your thoughts! They also have a Facebook page at:
Steven Cole is the newly appointed Canal Greenspace Development Officer of the Scottish Waterways Trust. He will be working with communities in Falkirk and West Lothian to help them discover, explore and develop the canals and greenspaces in their area. He intends to work closely with schools, particularly help children achieve the John Muir Award in the Year of Natural Scotland 2013. Click below for a short introductory newsletter that gives an outline of the type of work he will be doing.
The meeting took place on 7.30pm, Monday 19th November 2012 at Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Church
Falkirk Old and St Modan’s gained their first award some time ago and have done a lot of work with recycling projects and have fairly recently installed low energy LED lighting in the church as part of their refurbishment project. Eco-congregation work formerly came under Peace and Justice group, whose work has now been split between a number of different groups. Caring for creation work now appears to be mainly the remit of the Christian Aid group. Will look at drawing up a new action plan after going through the Church Check Up again.
Livingstone Local Ecumenical Parish, Knightsridge had a successful summer Sunday School project on the theme of “For the Beauty of the Earth”. This included some lovely artwork from the children and a themed service. The church meets in a community hall and has created a wildlife and butterfly garden there. They have recently devolved management of this to the local community. The church is continues to be active on Fair Trade with Traidcraft.
Marjorie has been the network’s rep on the West Lothian Environmental Support Group for some time, which has been a useful link. The Group is also considering setting up a West Lothian Wildlife Blog for the Year of Natural Scotland (2013) to record sitings etc. Jo agreed to take over as the network rep and Marjorie will forward details.
Torphichen has recently welcomed Sandi McGill as their new minister. They are planning to get involved with students and pupils through “Go Green Week” in February and through the children will target their parents. Local head teachers are very open to working with the church on green issues and it is planned to have a service on the theme and invite the local community. They are planning to work on a “Food” topic and will look at food diaries from the point of view of both the environment and health.
The link with Magina Church in Malawi is still very much alive and has also been taken on by the schools. They are looking into the possibility of “solar slates” for the church roof to enable the generation of renewable energy.
News from Eco-Congregation
The Local networks Seminar took place on 8th September with representatives from 12
networks attending, including two from Angus.
Topics discussed included:
- The introduction of a new, easier registration system – congregations will only have to register
an interest and they will the, if they wish, be given a link with a “mentor” congregation. This
will be another, more experienced local eco-congregation who will help the new congregation
through the Church Check Up, draw up and implement their action plan and generally offer
support through to first award level.
- The Mentoring scheme is being introduced as there has been a big drop off in numbers of
congregations expressing an interest and actually registering. There have also been an
increasing number of requests for help and ideas to get going from new congregations. The
expertise of award winning congregations is invaluable to help grow the Eco-Congregation
movement and a new criterion of being available as a mentor is being introduced for the
- New resources – the existing Eco-Congregation Modules are being rewritten and rebranded.
It has long been recognised that there is a widely held perception that it is necessary to
complete 13 Modules to become an eco-congregation. This is NOT, nor ever has been the
case! To correct this impression the “Modules” are now to be called “Ideas for Action” (which
is what they are!) and they will be grouped under the three main areas of the programme:
Spiritual, Practical and Community. See
- A full report of the seminar is available on the network page.
Planning for next meeting(s)
It was agreed that 3 meetings in 2013 would be appropriate for the network.
February – Visit to Avondale Landfill Site
Action – Jo to contact and arrange a suitable date and time
May / June – Food theme at St Ninian’s Craigmailen, Linlithgow
Action – Margaret will contact St Ninian’s to see if they are able to host and identify a suitable
date and liaise with Jo. Jo will contact a possible speaker, who is with the Food Standards Agency and investigate a
contribution from the “Slow Food” group in Linlithgow.
October / November – Networking: sharing ideas, inspiration and challenges
Action – Margaret will contact Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh to see how they are
getting on as an eco-congregation and ask if they might be able to host this meeting.
Last Sunday, Knightsridge Church’s Summer Sunday School Project 2012 was dedicated with a special creation service entitled, “For the beauty of the earth” In appreciation of all the hard work, the young people were each presented with a personalised “God Bless You” mug featuring the Eco-Congregation 2nd Award plaque.
The finished artwork entitled, “God, The Father of Creation”, comprises photographs taken by the young people inserted into fabric squares individually designed with fabric dyes and paints.
Photo: l –r Rebecca Pratt, Tia Coles and Liam Lawson of Livingston Ecumenical Parish – Knightsridge Church.
Photo by Marjory McGhie
The report from the Mini-Gathering in Aberdeen held on the 22nd October is now available.
People from 13 congregations came to event, which aimed to inspire and equip congregations for their Eco-Congregation journey. Speakers from Cults Parish Church, Skene Parish Church and Queen’s Cross Parish Church shared their Eco-Congregation plans and achievement. We heartily recommend reading the report if you are looking for inspiration or curious to find out how other congregations carry out their Eco-Congregation journey.
Rev. Ewan Aitken also gave an inspirational sermon prior to the gathering and abseiled off the Forth bridge for charity later the same day.
You can read the full report by clicking on the link: Report on Mini Gathering 2012
We wish to thank everyone who made this gathering such a success. Especially the wonderful speakers from Cults Parish Church, Skene Parish Church and Queen’s Cross Parish Church.