The West Lothian and Falkirk network visited the John Muir Way last week where Eco-Congregation Scotland Environmental Chaplain Trevor Jamison led the group in a walk along a section of the Way near Linlithgow. Along the way, Trevor shared his experiences and insights of having walked the full John Muir Way in 2014.
John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-born pioneering American environmentalist and writer. The John Muir Way was opened in April 2014 and runs from Helensburgh to Dunbar, John Muir’s birthplace.
The baton was passed between members of the West Lothian network on a beautiful summer evening’s walk by the river Avon near Linlithgow on 4 June. During the walk Rev Trevor Jamison talked about John Muir and how his faith shaped his love of nature. The baton has now been passed on to Dunscore Parish in Dumfriesshire, its first visit to the south west of Scotland. Photos by Adrian Shaw
The next meeting of the West Lothian and Falkirk Network of Eco-Congregation Scotland is an stroll hour’s stroll along part of the John Muir Way with the Rev Trevor Jamison, our Environmental Chaplain, on Thursday 4th June. Meet at 7.30pm at the entrance to the River Avon Heritage trail in Burgh Mills Lane, Linlithgow.
As many of you know, Trevor walked the whole of the John Muir over ten days last June. Join him to walk and talk about John Muir, creation and faith.
Please bring sensible footwear and dress for the weather!
You can download a poster to print and share with your congregation here.
Hundreds of people are already signed up to come along and help us hand in thousands of messages from across Scotland to the First Minister. Are you one of them?
Join us outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 12-2pm on Wednesday 27th of May (or between 1-1:30pm if your time is limited) to demand action on our climate commitments and to push for leadership on climate action internationally.
You can sign up on Facebook, or just come along on the day. And of course there is just one week left to send your message to the First Minister, and encourage your friends and family to do it too.
Speak Up for the Climate at Westminster
After the General Election you might be pleased, you might be disappointed. But whoever your new MP is, it’s their job to represent you – and now more than ever they need to hear your voice on climate change.
Will you join us in London on 17th June to tell your MP why climate change matters to you – and ask them to do more about it?
Over 3,500 people have already said they’ll come. That’s a brilliant start, but we’d love to see even more people join in. Sign up now.
We hope to see you outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday next week.
The Riding Lights Theatre Company will be touring a new show about Climate Change from a Christian perspective between September and November this year (see details below).
So far only two churches in Scotland have shown an interest, but if there is sufficient demand they might put on another week touring Scotland – from 16th November.
If you are interested please contact them via their web site www.ridinglights.org.
Booking is now open for the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering on April 25 2015.
Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2015
Preparing For Paris
Saturday 25th April 2015, 10:00am – 3:15pm
Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk.
(Nearest rail station, Falkirk Grahamston)
Booking form (PDF File)
Booking form with full workshop, speaker and travel details (Word Format)
Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Climate Change, Scottish Government
Kathy Galloway, Director, Christian Aid Scotland
About our Annual Gathering
This December leaders from around the world will meet in Paris to try and reach an international agreement on climate change. Come along to our Annual Gathering to find our what the Scottish government and voluntary organisations are doing to put pressure on world leaders for an agreement on climate change, and how to make your voice head. We will also have practical workshops on making your congregations more climate-friendly.
The historic St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow was awarded a Climate Challenge Fund grant to run the EMPOWERING St Michael’s and Linlithgow project to replace inefficient lighting in the ‘Grade A’ listed building with modern LED technology. The LED lighting will substantially reduce electricity consumption and carbon emissions and aims to inspire the community to take similar action at home.
The grant was used to fund:
- Installation of LED lighting and rewiring costs.
- Awareness raising campaign – promotional and display items.
- LED bulbs and energy monitors for community to try in own homes before buying.
- Office / administration costs.
For a full case study information sheet click here (PDF file).
Here is a video of the new lights being switched on: