As Eco-Congregation Scotland wishes you all the very best for the year ahead, please take a final opportunity to send a New Year’s Climate Resolutions message to Scottish party leaders with your wishes for action on climate and nature in 2024.
Following last month’s COP28 Global Day of Action, organised through Stop Climate Chaos Scotland uniting groups across the country, please send your message at this link by Wednesday 17th January:
Eco-Congregation Scotland trustee Marjory McGhie from Livingston United Parish Church was among hundreds braving the elements on the Global Day of Action, pictured above right alongside Calum Martin and Lucy Le Roux of Christian Aid.
Read more in Lucy’s blog on the day, including comments from David Bethune of Selkirk Parish Church. We look forward to encouraging and supporting more climate campaigning over 2024 as we approach the next UK General Election.
Assessors’ Training: Eco-Congregation Scotland Awards
Part 1: Monday 15th January 2024, 7.30pm–8.30pm
Part 2: Monday 22nd January 2024, 7.30pm–9.30pm
Register for link – or email for future interest
Congratulations to Eileen McQuade, above left, lead volunteer for the eco efforts of St Ninian’s and St Cuthbert’s Parish, Hamilton and all parishioners who welcomed Rt Rev Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell to receive their Eco-Congregation Scotland Silver Award from our depute chair John Seenan.
We need more volunteers to assess these Award applications. There are still spaces for our initial two-part online training this month, or you can email interest for later this year. Assessors visit congregations to confirm they meet our criteria and it’s a rewarding way to share experience and ideas with churches across Scotland.
Well done also the Salvation Army in Shetland who received a Bronze Award after an online assessment with their innovative polytunnel project, plus support of volunteers from Cunningsburgh United Free Church of Scotland, recently reported in The Shetland Times!
Assessments are often carried out online to save travel. The time commitment and distance travelled are up to you and may only take a few hours every few months. You might bring insights from work, volunteering, church life or experience of applying for an Award yourself.
We still have spaces left for any volunteers keen to train as Award Assessors on the next two Mondays. Please register if you are able to join – or email us if you are interested in being trained later in 2024.