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A Faith Based Challenge to COP26

A Faith Based Challenge to COP26

Fr Seán McDonagh

 

Father Seán McDonagh, a Columban priest, has a long history of being a eco-activist and in 1985 his book ‘To Care for the Earth’ called for a new theology that would give as much prominence to creation as to redemption. Since then he has written many books and articles that have all contributed to a deeper understanding of what is happening to our ‘common home’ and the need to take radical action. He also contributed to the research which led to ‘Laudato Si’.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together, as women and men of faith, to discern the action needed at COP26.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is delighted to support this Scottish Catholic Laity Network event with SCIAF, Laudato Si’ Animators and Eco Groups Scotland as part of the Season of Creation 2021.

 

Format of evening:

7.00 – 7.10          Welcome and Opening Prayer

7.10  – 8.30         Presentation by Seán followed by Q&A

8.30  – 9.00        Breakout Rooms based on Catholic Dioceses in Scotland, or England and Wales, or Parish if requested

Please register at: https://forms.gle/WVAr5CN362v7VdYJA

For further details please email: slaitynetwork@gmail.com

 

Climate Fringe Week

18 – 26 September 2021

During Climate Fringe Week we join with civil society groups across Scotland to celebrate and support all the ways you can engage in climate activism; be that as part of an organisation, with your friends, family or wider community.

With COP26 coming to Glasgow, this is a key time to bring about climate action and the Scottish voice should be louder than ever.

#ClimateFringeWeek

COP 26: A Christian Perspective

Eco-Congregation Scotland is delighted to support this blended event, on site and online.

To access online please go to Maxwell Mearns Castle Parish Church YouTube page on Wednesday 22nd September from 7.30pm.

 

Climate Fringe Week

18 – 26 September 2021

During Climate Fringe Week we join with civil society groups across Scotland to celebrate and support all the ways you can engage in climate activism; be that as part of an organisation, with your friends, family or wider community.

With COP26 coming to Glasgow, this is a key time to bring about climate action and the Scottish voice should be louder than ever.

#ClimateFringeWeek

Scotland’s Climate Week: Climate Conversation

What will life be like in 2030?

How will we all be living?

What changes do you want to see in your local community, and across Scotland by 2030?

Join our Climate Conversation to consider what our options might be – locally and nationally – in reducing the causes and effects of a changing climate.

This takes place during Scotland’s Climate Week (13th–19th September 2021),
when organisations across the country aim to promote the message that,
together, we can end Scotland’s contribution to climate change.

Climate Conversation with North Motherwell Parish Kirk Session.

The Scottish Government has initiated these conversations to encourage
a discussion about how we can reduce the emissions that cause
climate change and prepare for a changing climate.

Please register for the Zoom meeting link below:

Scotland’s Climate Week: Climate Conversation

What will life be like in 2030?

How will we all be living?

What changes do you want to see in your local community, and across Scotland by 2030?

Join our Climate Conversation to consider what our options might be – locally and nationally – in reducing the causes and effects of a changing climate.

This takes place during Scotland’s Climate Week (13th–19th September 2021),
when organisations across the country aim to promote the message that,
together, we can end Scotland’s contribution to climate change.

Climate Conversation with the Church of Scotland Guild at Bridgeton St Francis in the East Parish, Glasgow on 4 February 2020.

The Scottish Government has initiated these conversations to encourage
a discussion about how we can reduce the emissions that cause
climate change and prepare for a changing climate.

Please register for the Zoom meeting link below:

Praying for COP26 and Beyond


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. 

Join us for an hour of encouragement and prayer as we prepare for COP26 and the actions we might take to show our care for creation thereafter.

We meet on the first Thursday of every month for an hour from 4pm on Zoom. 

Thursday 5th August 2021 at 4pm 

Subsequent dates are Thursday 2nd September, Thursday 7th October and Thursday 4th November.

Please fill in the form below to register for the event and receive the link to attend.

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

Eco Congregation Scotland Network Meeting for Perth and Kinross, Stirling, West Lothian and Falkirk

Eco Congregation Scotland networks aim to provide a way for our members to meet and receive support from others in their home area as they work to care for creation.

COP 26 is due to be hosted in Glasgow in November. There are opportunities for congregations across Scotland to become involved in preparing for this event, and as we look to a just, green future beyond this. Come and join us for an hour of discussion with others in your local network. It will be an opportunity to share what is happening in your locality with others and  to plan for the coming months.

Tuesday 6th of July at 7.30pm on Zoom. 

To receive the Zoom link for the meeting please fill in the form below. 

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