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Creation Time 2021

 

Summer has been busy for our staff, volunteers and supporters as Eco-Congregation Scotland hosted well-attended online Net Zero workshops and seminars, while the build-up grows towards COP26 - we will save that to share in our next newsletters! Thanks for all your support and engagement.

This week began with the 
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group report 1 then Europe's hottest temperature was recorded yesterday. Much has been reported on the IPCC report, emphasising more urgently that climate change is increasingly causing extreme weather and time is short for action to cut emissions. We must keep the 1.5°C target alive for COP26, the global warming limit already agreed for action by nations to mitigate the worst impacts.

Creation TimeCreationtide, the Season of Creation: different names for the same special season as Christians around the world unite over five weeks through worship and prayer - and increasingly with action and advocacy - celebrating and caring for God's creation. Please join our Creation Time 2021 launch plus inspiring discussions on worship and music this month.

Creation Calls The Tune 1
Tuesday 17 August 2021
7.30pm – 9.00pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/creation-calls-the-tune-part-1

Awareness about environmental concerns and the climate crisis is at an all time high in churches, but how much is that reflected in our worship?

In this webinar writer and editor Kathy Galloway - formerly Head of
Christian Aid Scotland and leader of the Iona Community - and Wendy Lloyd, Faith Communications Coordinator for Christian Aid, will join our Eco-Chaplain Rev'd David Coleman. 

They will share resources which you can use in your congregation and help us explore deeper questions about how our worship and spirituality relate to our care for creation and desire for climate justice.

Please register to join us at:

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/creation-calls-the-tune-part-1

Creation Time 2021 launch
Thursday 19 August 2021
7.30pm – 9.00pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/creation-time-2021/

Eco-Congregation Scotland and the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) combine to provide ecumenical Creation Time materials in a variety of media, joining Christians around the world in the Season of Creation, or Creationtide, from 1 September to 4 October.

In this year of the 
COP26 climate conference, new weekly resources have been prepared by our Eco-Chaplain and diverse volunteers in partnership with JPIT for the five Sundays of Creation Time 2021.

JPIT brings together the United Reformed ChurchMethodist Church and Baptist Union of Great Britain - linking Baptist churches outwith Scotland - helping the Churches work together for peace and justice through listening, learning, praying, speaking and acting on public policy issues. The Church of Scotland is an associate partner. JPIT also has a range of resources on its own Season of Creation webpage.
"COP26 has become the stimulating backdrop to prayer and preaching in 2021," says Rev'd David Coleman (left).

"Under the harsh glare of greater awareness of global crisis, the scriptures blossom with meaning and significance as resources for encouragement and reflection."
"It’s an exciting time to be church which requires courage, faith and cheerfulness as changing global conditions enable us to delight in the manifold green threads of the Bible emerging like shoots of God’s Word for today."

Please register now for the launch of this year’s Creation Time materials:
https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/creation-time-2021/
Creation Calls the Tune 2
Thursday 26 August 2021, 
7.30pm

Register here
John Bell of the Iona Community, Joel Payne from Resound Worship and the Church of Scotland's Iain McLarty share songs connecting with creation and the environment.
Making Things Last
Saturday 28 August 2021, 4.00pm

Register here
Four-fifths of our carbon footprint comes from products and materials we use. Is recycling the answer or is there an alternative? Join our workshop with Zero Waste Scotland.
UPCOMING EVENTS

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

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/upcomingevents

SAVE THE DATE
Nations' Climate Sunday Service
Sunday 5 September 2021
Live online from 3.30pm for 4.00pm start in Glasgow Cathedral

Climate Sunday from CTBI in partnership with Glasgow Churches Together and Glasgow Cathedral (St Mungo's or High Kirk)
nationsclimatesunday.eventbrite.co.uk
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.

Banner photo of Staffa puffins from Rev'd David Coleman.

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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