The first round of meetings for the Autumn Local Networks programme have been announced! More details to follow; here is the schedule as it stands:
Local Networks Seminar
- Saturday 26 September at Dunblane Cathedral, 11am-3.30pm. After Paris – What Happens Next?
- Wednesday 7th October 7.30-9pm. Eco Schools at Stonehaven South Parish Church
Angus and Dundee
- Wednesday 8th Oct, 7.30 – 9pm at St Andrew’s, Dundee with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 30th September 7.30-9pm. Ethical Finance and Networking at Mauchline Parish Church
- Monday 19th October 7.30-9pm. Solar Panels at Selkirk Parish Church
- Wednesday 23rd September 7.30-9.30pm. “Why Christians Should Care for Creation: Becoming an Eco-Congregation” talk and panel discussion at St Andrew and St George’s West Church
Esk and Tweed
- Monday 5th October 7.30-9pm. Community Initiatives / Recycling at Penicuik North Kirk
- Wednesday 9th September 7.30-9pm. Garden Project at Yoker Parish Church
Helensburgh and Lomond
- Wednesday 9th Sepember 7.30-9pm
- Wednesday 4th November 7.30-9pm
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Highland Network at West Church, Cromarty – an opportunity to see their air source heat pumps.
- Thursday 1st October 7.30-9pm. Ethical Boycotts: Should the Church Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies? at Ardrishaig Parish Church
- Tuesday 15th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Moray Network in the West Meeting Room. Williamson Hall, Elgin. Speaker Grant Lawson from Moray Council on “Waste Matters”
- Monday 21st September 7.30-9pm. Network Launch at St John the Divine, Oban
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Perth Network at St Ninian’s Cathedral with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 16 September. Stirling’s Low Carbon Future with Morag Buxel at St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling
West Lothian and Falkirk
- Monday 28th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm at Torphichen Parish Church with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
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.