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100 Days to COP26

UN climate talks start 31 October

Call for all churches to act

With only 100 days now counting down until the COP26 United Nations climate conference begins in Glasgow, Eco-Congregation Scotland is joining renewed calls for all churches to commit to action before talks begin.

Please read our latest briefing on what COP26 is and all the different ways you can get involved with your own church. We will be sharing much more in coming weeks.

Over 1,500 churches across the UK are already taking part in the Climate Sunday initiative, with hundreds more planning to do so, demonstrating growing climate action by local congregations.

A key milestone before COP26 is a major Nations’ Climate Sunday Service with Glasgow Churches Together from Glasgow Cathedral, streamed live online on Sunday 5 September 2021 at 4pm, to share church commitments across the nations of the UK and pray for bold action with courageous leadership at COP26 in the city this November.

Climate Sunday is an initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), with backing from a range of denominations and Christian charities. We are encouraging churches to take action in the run-up to COP26:

Worship
Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action. Explore the Climate Sunday website and our own resources for inspiration to suit all church traditions and styles of worship. Please register your service so we can count you in!

Commit
Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce your own greenhouse gas emissions. Use Climate Stewards‘ new 360°carbon calculator for churches and register as an eco-congregation – or work towards an Eco-Congregation Scotland Award.

Speak up
Use your voice to tell the UK Government that you want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild the economy – with finance to support poorer countries affected most by climate change. Read and sign ‘The Time Is Now’ declaration both as a church and as individuals.


Eco-Congregation Scotland is also proud to be a partner of the new Climate Scotland campaign in the run-up to COP26, with 30 other organisations including Christian Aid ScotlandSCIAFTearfund Scotland and Justice and Peace Scotland.

Our climate and natural world are in crisis. It’s threatening our communities, our food, resources, and our beautiful places.

Decisions by world leaders at COP26 could get us on track to avoid the worst effects of climate change. It’s a real chance to create a better future for our communities here in Scotland and around the world.

There is hope. But we also need our leaders in Scotland plus those attending COP26 to know just how much we care, with thousands of voices being heard. Please share why action on climate and nature is important to you. It takes just a few minutes to add your own voice at: climatescotland.org


With 100 days to go until COP26, the Scottish Government also announced today its indicative Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), outlining Scotland’s contribution to preventing warming of more than 1.5 degrees. We will continue to support and encourage efforts in all our communities towards making Scotland a Net Zero Nation – and link Together For Our Planet across the UK in this special year of climate action. 

#LetsDoNetZero


UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Our next confirmed events, activities and training are online and being updated regularly, including:

Breathe: Fresh Air for All
Let’s talk about the climate emergency
Monday 26 July 2021, 7.30pm

Embracing Greener Travel: Electric Vehicles
Workshop with Home Energy Scotland

Wednesday 28 July 2021, 2.00pm

Please register for the Zoom meeting links at:
https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/upcomingevents/

Register for free and begin your church’s journey as an eco-congregation. 

Please consider church membership to become more active in the charity and support our Network activities – join online.

Please donate if you can, to help support our work and encourage growing interest across Scotland’s churches.

If you or others in your church would like to receive this newsletter regularly, please subscribe.

COP26 venue Scottish Events Campus header photograph courtesy of Glasgow Convention Bureau.

Our office is currently closed due to the coronavirus situation and staff are working from home. Please contact Eco-Congregation Scotland manager Stephen Curran at: 
0141 423 4671, 07554 905275, manager@ecocongregationscotland.org

COP26 and beyond: Net Zero and a Just, Green Future

Eco-Congregation Scotland
2021 Annual Gathering and Annual General Meeting

As Scotland welcomes the world to COP26, hear how you can get involved – and look forward to Net Zero carbon and a Just, Green Future

Eco-Congregation Scotland’s Annual Gathering brings churches and volunteers together from all over Scotland to consider ‘COP26 and beyond’. With the COP26 United Nations climate conference taking place in Glasgow this November, we look at how to get involved in worship, action and advocacy.

We offer a warm welcome to the world, encouraging sign-up to offer booked accommodation for those who have available rooms around Glasgow or en route, with the new COP26 homestay network – developed in partnership by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, the UK civil society COP26 Coalition and Human Hotel.

We also look beyond COP26, to consider community potential towards Net Zero carbon emissions – and the need for a just and green recovery from coronavirus that addresses the climate emergency. The event concludes with the charity’s Annual General Meeting and ‘A Prayer for COP’ from Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman.

This year presents a unique opportunity for transformation, helping local churches commit to action tackling the climate crisis, through our volunteers and supporters across the country. Please register today and join the discussion on COP26 and beyond.

COP26 and beyond: Net Zero and a Just, Green Future

Annual Gathering

AGENDA
10.00am   Opening reflection – Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain with Eco-Congregation Scotland
10.05am   Welcome and introductions – Mary Sweetland, Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson
10.10am   Keynote speaker – Rev James Bhagwan, Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, pre-recorded video shared from Fiji on the impact of climate change on Pacific islands and the faith-inspired response of churches
10.25am   COP26, what is it all about and how can you get involved?Kat Jones, COP26 Project Manager for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, on what happens at COP26 and how we can all be part of civil society activities towards and during the climate conference
10.35am   COP26 Briefing and Workshops – Adrian Shaw, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Interfaith Scotland COP26 volunteer, outlines our new monthly update on COP and how to get involved, opening workshop discussion on key themes for church involvement:
* Hospitality and Welcome – COP26 Logistics Coordinators Flick Monk from Friends of the Earth Scotland and Nick Cullen of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, encouraging churches and volunteers to offer accommodation for visitors, activists and pilgrims
* Worship and Prayer – Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman, offering support and ideas for Climate Sunday services, Creation Time and spiritual life, engaging with churches throughout Scotland
* Practical Action – Judith Macleod, Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme Coordinator, sharing ideas for conversations, training and activities to tackle the climate crisis through local action and transformation
* Campaigns and AdvocacyChristian Aid Scotland Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator Fiona Buchanan, offering opportunities for churches and volunteers to speak up for climate justice, campaigning in partnership here and globally
Speakers will open each workshop in a large group on one of four themes for 10 minutes of presentation and possible time for questions, before we all break into small groups to discuss:
1.   How we hope to get involved on our chosen theme in this year of COP26
2.   What further information or resources we would like to support this
All participants will be asked to complete a short online form during or after the meeting for more detailed feedback from individuals and small groups.
(A Word document can be downloaded and printed off or emailed back if preferred.)
11.00am   Break
11.10am   Plenary Workshop Feedback – short verbal feedback on each theme.
11.25am   Beyond COP26 – Net Zero and a Just, Green Future
We consider community potential for a Net Zero carbon future with Dave Pearson, Director of Star Renewable Energy. We also hear from Jane Herbstritt, Global Justice Now Scottish campaigner, about the need to support a Just and Green Recovery from coronavirus that tackles inequality and addresses the climate emergency. Guest speakers followed by Question and Answer session.
12.00pm   Closing Devotional – led by Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain
12.05pm   Break
12.15pm   Annual General Meeting
All are welcome to attend the AGM, although only a Full Member (or a proxy) representing an individual church with Membership of the charity has voting rights.

Annual General Meeting

AGENDA
1.  Welcome – Mary Sweetland, Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson
2.  Apologies for absence
3.  Approval of Minutes from 2020 AGM
4.  Chairperson’s Report on the activities of Eco-Congregation Scotland
5.  Annual Accounts and Financial Report – Mark Kirkbride, treasurer
6.  Any Questions?
7.  Appointment of Auditors
8.  Election / re-election of Trustees
9.  Any other competent business
12.45pm   A Prayer for COP – Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain
12.50pm   Annual Gathering and AGM closes – followed by open opportunity for informal chat in breakout rooms
This Annual Gathering and AGM is a free event, but please consider making a donation to support our growing work with local churches across Scotland.  

 


Please register using the form below

 

Climate Sunday – Scottish launch

Climate Sunday – Scottish launch

Join us for the Scottish launch of Climate Sunday, providing focus in the year of COP26 for churches committed to action combatting climate change.

Local churches are encouraged to hold a special Climate Sunday service over the months leading up to Sunday 5th September 2021, the first Sunday in Creation Time, with free resources for every tradition and style of worship.

An initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)‘s Environment Issues Network, Climate Sunday encourages local churches to take one or more of the following three actions:

Worship

Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action. Explore our resources and the Climate Sunday website for inspiration and worship resources to suit all church traditions and please register your service so we can count you in!

Commit 

Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce your own greenhouse gas emissions. Register and join the Eco-Congregation Scotland programme – or work towards an Eco-Congregation Scotland Award. Use Climate Stewards‘ new 360°carbon calculator for churches.

Speak up

Use your voice to tell politicians that you want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild a strong economy. Read and sign the ‘The Time Is Now’ declaration both as a church and as individuals.

Climate Sunday culminates with a major service in Glasgow on Sunday 5th September 2021 to share church commitments and pray for bold action with courageous leadership at COP26 in the city this November.

Organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) with backing from a range of denominations and charities, we are encouraging more Scottish support for Climate Sunday and all churches to pray and act in the run-up to COP26.

Join James Anthony, Climate Sunday project coordinator, to hear all about the initiative – with great ideas on how you can worship, commit and speak up through your local church.

Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson Mary Sweetland said: “We need to take action as Christians who care for God’s creation, tackling the climate emergency with urgency now and for future generations. When we welcome thousands from around the world, online or in person to COP26, we can all demonstrate that we are taking action and leading by example in our own church and across the country. We all share a unique opportunity this year for transformational change, taking practical steps to change our own behaviour and calling on governments to agree global action when they gather in Glasgow. Climate Sunday helps link this directly with our spiritual life, focussing local churches on the environment in worship, prayer and action.”

Please register using the form below for a Zoom meeting link:

 

Climate Sunday

Join our special Scottish launch

Climate Sunday – Scottish launch
Monday 22nd March 2021

7.30pm – 8.30pm
https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/climatesunday

Join us for a special Scottish launch of Climate Sunday, providing focus in the year of the COP26 climate conference for churches committed to action combatting climate change.

Local congregations are encouraged to hold a special Climate Sunday service on any Sunday over the months leading up to the start of September, with free resources for every tradition and style of worship.

An initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), Climate Sunday calls on local churches to take one or more of the following three actions:

Worship
Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action. Explore our resources and the Climate Sunday website for inspiration and worship resources to suit all church traditions. Please register your service so we can count you in!

Commit 
Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce your own greenhouse gas emissions. Use Climate Stewards‘ new 360°carbon calculator for churches and register as an eco-congregation – or work towards an Eco-Congregation Scotland Award.

Speak up
Use your voice to tell politicians that you want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild a strong economy. Read and sign the ‘The Time Is Now’ declaration both as a church and as individuals.

Climate Sunday culminates with a major online service in Glasgow on Sunday 5th September 2021, the first Sunday in Creation Time, to share church commitments across the nations and pray for bold action with courageous leadership at COP26 in the city this November.

Organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) with backing from a range of denominations and charities in CTBI Environmental Issues Network, we are encouraging more Scottish support for Climate Sunday and all churches to pray and act in the run-up to COP26.

Join Climate Sunday project coordinator James Anthony to hear all about the initiative – with great ideas on how you can worship, commit and speak up through your local church.

Please register now for the link to join us for this special Scottish launch:

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/climatesunday

“We need to take action as Christians who care for God’s creation, tackling the climate emergency with urgency now and for future generations. When we welcome thousands from around the world, online or in person to COP26, we can all demonstrate that we are taking action and leading by example in our own church and across the country.”

“We all share a unique opportunity this year for transformational change, taking practical steps to change our own behaviour and calling on governments to agree global action when they gather in Glasgow. Climate Sunday helps link this directly with our spiritual life, focussing local churches on the environment in worship, prayer and action.”

Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson Mary Sweetland

On the 5th Sunday in Lent, our digital visiting preacher Rev David Coleman joins the Netherlorn Churches – Kilbrandon, Kilchattan, Kilmelford and Kilninve in Argyll – with a reflection on John 12:20-33 ‘The Tipping-point’

All our worship material is now shareable for any church on Eco-Chaplain onlineFacebook and our website where we are building a catalogue behind the scenes – and fits perfectly with a Climate Sunday service.

This coming Sunday 21st March at 7pm we also encourage our volunteers and supporters to join Christians in prayer across Scotland marking the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown.


Anglican Communion Webinar
COP26, Divestment and Investment for Climate Justice

Thursday 25th March 2021
7.00pm – 8.30pm

Register at this link

Eco-Congregation Scotland joins the Anglican Communion Environmental NetworkOperation NoahChristian Aid and Tearfund as organisers of this global Anglican Communion Webinar. Among the speakers is Very Revd John Conway, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, on the Cathedral divesting from fossil fuels and next steps in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

This follows our recent, well-attended ‘Scottish Churches’ Webinar: COP26, Divestment and Investment in the Just and Green Recovery‘ which you can now view online.

Church Heating

Church Heating – Practical Considerations

Net Zero

Monday 15th February 2021
7.30pm
8.30pm
https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/churchheating/

How do you heat your church?

Church buildings come in lots of different shapes and sizes, historic and modern. How will you know which kind of heating is right for your building? What are the practical issues that need to be thought through in changing a heating systems? What kind of heating system should you install in a new building?

What do you need to change to achieve net zero emissions? 

Responding to the Climate Emergency, the October 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland agreed to develop a strategy for the entire organisation to transition both locally and nationally to net zero carbon emissions over the coming decade.

In December 2020, General Synod members of the Scottish Episcopal Church also backed a motion paving the way for a commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Register now

Join us and hear from Andrew MacOwan – Chartered Energy Engineer and the Church of Scotland General Trustees Heating Consultant – as he shares his experience and talks about some of the practical considerations in looking to achieve net zero carbon emissions from church heating systems. There will be time for questions and discussion. Please register at the following link: 

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/churchheating/


Climate change impact

Christian Aid Gathering

Tuesday 16th February 2021
10.00am12.00noon
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/gatherings
Email to register

Christian Aid Scotland is a key partner of Eco-Congregation Scotland and we are delighted to encourage you to join the Supporter Gathering next week. Christian Aid Ethiopia will be sharing the impact of climate change, locusts and conflict on vulnerable communities.

There will also be a look forward to the COP26 climate talks and how we can all be involved in the fight against climate change. Email to register and receive the joining instructions: edinburgh@christian-aid.org

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/gatherings


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/methodist-webinar-the-climate-emergency-cop26-and-fossil-fuel-divestment-tickets-137622419361

Join the Lenten Journey

What is the hope of COP26?

Scottish Catholic Laity Network
What is the hope of COP26? – Professor Jim Skea 

Thursday 18th February 2021
7.00pm8.30pm
Further information
Email to register

Eco-Congregation Scotland is pleased to support the Scottish Catholic Laity Network and invite you to join its Lenten Journey of discernment “to help us imagine the way in which we are being called to prepare a future that gives hope to all the children of our world, and their children’s’ children, and to Mother Earth.”

Opening the series on the hope of COP26, Eco-Congregation volunteer Margret MacPhail will introduce speaker Professor Jim Skea, currently chair of Scotland’s Just Transition Commission and co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III on mitigation of climate change. Margret leads the Eco-Group at St Ninian’s Parish in Professor Skea’s home city Dundee. Please email slaitynetwork@gmail.com to register.

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/what-is-the-hope-of-cop26/


Worship, reflection, prayer and action

Eco-Chaplain online

Eco-Chaplaincy open for invitations: however and wherever you are this year!

Rev David Coleman continues his work through coronavirus restrictions, engaging imaginatively with local churches as a visiting digital preacher. Please email the Eco-Chaplain to connect and work with your own church on dates throughout this year.

This coming Sunday 14th February at 7pm we encourage our volunteers and supporters to continue joining Christians in prayer across Scotland.

We are also now linking all our resources to Climate Sunday, the initiative hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland encouraging all congregations to:

  • Worship – hold a climate-focused service before the start of September and Creation Time
  • Commit – take action as a local church community, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as an eco-congregation
  • Speak up – call for the UK Government to lead action on the climate crisis, signing the The Time Is Now declaration towards COP26 in Glasgow

Please email for more information or to register your own Climate Sunday service.

https://www.climatesunday.org


Read our new monthly briefing on COP26 and how you can get involved.

Register for free and begin your church’s journey as an eco-congregation. Please consider church membership to become more active in the charity and support our Local Network activities – join online.

Please donate if you can, to help support our work and encourage growing interest across Scotland’s churches. If you or others in your church would like to receive this newsletter regularly, please subscribe.