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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 28 August 2021
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 🔔 Let's talk about the climate emergency 🌍

Sharing what we have

 

Eco-Congregation Scotland invites you to talk about "sharing the things you have" in our monthly themed conversation - and please register now to join the Nations' Climate Sunday Service, online or at Glasgow Cathedral in partnership with Glasgow Churches Together.
 

Let's talk about the climate emergency - Sharing the things you have
Monday 30 August 2021
7.30pm - 8.30pm

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/sharing-the-things-you-have/

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting the COP26 climate conference, it becomes imperative that our churches take action on the Climate Emergency.

One of the most powerful ways we can encourage change is in talking, listening and telling our stories. Eco-Congregation Scotland has produced '
Let's talk about the climate emergency' - a pack of resources with monthly themes to help congregations hold awareness raising conversations and encourage everyone to act.

The king and Jehoiada gave it to those who carried out the work required for the temple of the Lord. They hired masons and carpenters to restore the Lord’s temple, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the temple.

2 Chronicles 24:12
New International Version


Throughout August the focus has been on “Sharing the things you have”.

Tools and gadgets. We seem to be obsessed with them. Have you any of the following items sitting in a cupboard, shed or garage at home: steam wallpaper stripper, powerwasher, long ladder, tree loppers, sewing machine, steam cleaner? If you do, how often do you use them? Do they sit on the shelf for most of the year?

All these tools have a cost to the planet to produce – they contain mineral resources, and the manufacturing processes have a cost in terms of the amount of carbon produced in making the goods. Are they items that you need to own or could you hire, or share them with friends and neighbours?

We'Il investigate tool libraries and repair cafes, discussing the idea of a circular economy, repurposing something that would otherwise be thrown away.

Join us to talk and reflect on what we could do to share all that we have.

Breakout discussions will ensure all taking part in small groups. Please register using the link below. Now and in coming months - let's talk about the climate emergency.

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/sharing-the-things-you-have/

🔔 Nations' Climate Sunday Service 🌍

Churches prepare for COP26


Nations' Climate Sunday Service
Sunday 5 September 2021
3.30pm prelude of music, prayer and inspirational videos
4.00pm live service from Glasgow Cathedral

nationsclimatesunday.eventbrite.co.uk

As we approach the COP26 climate conference in the city later this year, join the Nations' Climate Sunday Service from Glasgow Cathedral in partnership with Glasgow Churches Together and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)

More than 1,600 churches across the nations and islands of Britain and Ireland have registered their
Climate Sunday services. It's amazing testimony to churches' desire to show love for God and neighbour by caring for creation and acting on climate change.

On Sunday 5 September we reach a key milestone before COP26, as we come together to pray and to present our pledges to Government. It will be a time to share in worship, celebrate what churches are doing and commit ourselves to further action - and also marks the first Sunday of Creation Time/Season of Creation.

Please share what your own church has done in the past two years by sending your photos or videos to
manager@ecocongregationscotland.org and we will share more widely, celebrating your efforts and encouraging others.

The service will be broadcast live from Glasgow Cathedral (St Mungo's or High Kirk) in collaboration with Glasgow Churches Together - at the heart of the city where the UN climate talks will take place - with contributions from Christians around the nations.

Join us! We'll be sharing music and inspirational videos from 3.30pm and the service itself will begin at 4.00pm. You, and your church, are warmly welcome. Please register now to be sent the full details for joining online.


nationsclimatesunday.eventbrite.co.uk

Tickets are also now available to join the service in person at Glasgow Cathedral, subject to COVID-19 guidance and limited availability. 
Please email
service@climatesunday.org to register your interest now. We would be delighted to welcome you to the Nations' Climate Sunday Service.

Climate Sunday is an initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), with backing from Eco-Congregation Scotland and a range of partner denominations and charities. We are encouraging churches to keep taking action in the 64 days until 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
Climate Sunday and our Creation Time 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS

From local
Climate Conversations to training workshops - or worship with our Eco-Chaplain to campaigning for a just and green future - please get in touch with our team to support and link with your own church and community. We are particularly encouraging and supporting local events for:

Creation Time/Season of Creation   1 September - 5 October
Scotland's Climate Week   13 - 19 September
Climate Fringe Week   18 - 26 September
Faiths 4 Climate Justice   17 - 18 October

Our next confirmed events, activities and training are being posted 
online and updated regularly. Please register for the Zoom meeting links at:

ecocongregationscotland.org/upcomingevents
 
Read our monthly briefing on what COP26 is 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.

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

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