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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 1 October 2021
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Creation Time 2021

 

Eco-Congregation Scotland thanks everyone who has prepared and used our 2021 Creation Time resources. We encourage you to please continue your strong support of calls to action for the COP26 climate conference - and attendance at a range of events online and increasingly on site, in person.
 
Eco-Congregation Scotland co-produced ecumenical Creation Time materials in a variety of media with the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) for the Season of Creation or Creationtide

In this year of 
COP26, new weekly resources were prepared by our Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman and diverse volunteers for the five Sundays of Creation Time 2021. We are very grateful to David, all contributors and everyone who has accessed, shared and used our original materials and others shared from partners here and globally:

ecocongregationscotland.org/creation-time
Our Eco-Chaplain was delighted to join rector Rev Liz O’Ryan and Holy Trinity Haddington congregation on Week 3, Sunday 19 September.

For Sunday 3 October, Rev David Coleman said: "We conclude the season with our responses to some extremely thought-provoking readings. Video versions are provided to help examine the nuances and possible ways of reading familiar passages which are often presented with a strong steer on a particular agenda. Viewing of the presentation of the Genesis 2 and Mark 10 are recommended."

Week 5: Sunday 3 October 2021
  • Formal prayers - opening prayer and blessings from Rev'd Andy Braunston
  • The Gift of the Name - text from Rev David Coleman, followed by video
  • Genesis 2:18-22 - pastoral, environmental interpretation video
  • Gospel Earthed - dramatic video of Jo Clifford reading Mark 10:13-16
  • Psalms under heavenvideo readings, Eco-Chaplain high up on location!

 

Please sign the SCIAF petition today

Join the climate chorus

The countdown to COP has begun and we are encouraging you to support the latest campaign from SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund). We will be sharing more from other key Eco-Congregation Scotland partners including Christian Aid and Operation Noah in coming weeks too.

In Glasgow this November world leaders have a fortnight to set us on track to solve the climate crisis. With climate change already having a devastating impact on the world’s poorest communities, time is running out. 

With faith, love and courage we can heal our Common Home. But we need to come together as a global community to take bold action. The world’s poorest people are counting on us.  

As Prime Minister of the host country, Boris Johnson must encourage world leaders to make three key promises.  

3 asks

  • Pay to protect the poorest communities - make sure financial support is given to those impacted by climate change so they can adapt and recover
  • Act now to stop runaway climate change - make sure world leaders commit to keeping rises in global temperatures below the disastrous 1.5°C threshold
  • Listen to those on the frontline of the climate crisis - make sure that people worst affected by the crisis are at the heart of the climate talks
2 weeks

This November in Glasgow, world leaders have a fortnight to put us on track to solve the climate crisis.  

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With faith, love and courage we can heal our Common Home. Join the chorus for a just and green world. Please sign SCIAF's petition today:

sciaf.org.uk/timeforaction


Let Glasgow's COP Flourish
Sunday 3 October 2021
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Sherbrooke Mosspark Parish Church, 240 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 5AD

Hosted by the
Church of Scotland Presbytery of Glasgow, please join an inspirational evening of ecumenical prayer, worship and information ahead of COP26. Please register to attend in person:

eventbrite.com/e/let-glasgow-cop-flourish-tickets-170443639514
 
Solar Circle – a practical way to cut costs and carbon
Monday 4 October 2021
7.30pm - 8.30pm

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/solar-circle

Come along to our workshop with the social enterprise Power Circle and managing director Jon Cape to find out about a new way to cut energy bills and carbon emissions in homes with solar panels and battery linked together into a smart energy system.

It is called "Solar Circle" and has been developed with support from Scottish Government and others to provide a new solution that does not need the householder to have the money to buy the equipment, or the time or knowledge to manage it.

Eco-Congregation Scotland encourages our supporters and volunteers to become more involved in the debate on how we achieve
Net Zero emissions, with a particular focus here on a Just Transition in Scotland's housing and domestic energy supplies. Please join us to hear more about this exciting work.

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/solar-circle
 
Challenge Poverty Webinars - Poverty and Climate
Wednesday 6 October 2021
2.00pm - 3.30pm

eventbrite.co.uk/e/challenge-poverty-webinars-poverty-and-climate-tickets-170306941647

Climate and poverty are two of the greatest challenges facing the world. The first of four webinars hosted by Church of Scotland Priority Areas during October, exploring the links between them and looking at different ways congregations can get involved in tackling them head on.

The first webinar will explore the links between poverty and the climate crisis at a local, national and international level with guest speakers will be Val Brown from 
Christian Aid Scotland, Francis Stuart of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and Eco-Congregation Scotland manager Stephen Curran.

What does Jesus think about the ecological crisis?
Wednesday 6 October 2021
7.30pm - 9.00pm

us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yAsweSFpSdS_Eczb2hn6YQ

Join the discussion hosted by St Columba’s-by-the-Castle Episcopal Church in Edinburgh with Professor Mark Harris, Professor of Natural Science and Theology at Edinburgh University. The sixth Change in a Time of Chaos science and faith webinar, a series of talks hosted by St Columba's towards COP26.

"If there is a distinctively Christian perspective on ecological ethics, then we might expect that the Four Gospels would play a foundational role. However, although there is a great deal of theological thinking about our present ecological crisis, little of it engages with the teachings of Jesus. This talk will explore the reasons for this surprising neglect, especially Jesus’ intense interest in the coming kingdom of God, which is both a problem and an opportunity for environmental thought."
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:

Faiths 4 Climate Justice   17 - 18 October
COP26 UN Climate Change Conference   31 October - 12 November

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
 
***NEW*** Read our updated 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.

Please contact Eco-Congregation Scotland manager Stephen Curran at: 
0141 423 4671, 07554 905275, 
manager@ecocongregationscotland.org

Eco-Congregation Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Scottish Charity number: SC041287
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