Ten things you need to know about
Eco-Congregation Scotland this month.
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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the new Eco-Congregation Scotland Enews featuring the ten things you need to know about Eco-Congregation Scotland this month.

1. Beat the Bag Charge

As you will be aware the Scottish Government has introduced a 5p charge for plastic bags in shops. Stonehaven South Parish Church have designed their own reusable shopping bag which also promotes the work they are doing:

2. Fast for the Climate

The Fast for the Climate campaign is an interfaith initiative bringing people of different faiths to fast, as a spiritual exercise, in solidarity with the victims of climate change. People are invited to fast the 1st of each month. The World Council of Churches is one of the co-sponsors of this initiative.

For further information click here.

3. Churches go Green by shedding Fossil Fuel Investments.

There is a growing movement amongst major Christian denominations to disinvest from fossil fuel companies. 

According to an article in the New York Times:

"Just this month, the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Australia, announced plans to divest itself of holdings in fossil fuels, and the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand said it would consider doing the same. …….. Michael Northcott, a professor of ethics at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity, who has urged the Church of England and other institutions to divest themselves of holdings in fossil fuels, said, “Churches in the main are not accustomed to standing apart from Western culture on big issues like where they put their money The World Council of Churches, an umbrella group in Geneva, is one of the most significant religious bodies to divest so far, though it does not dictate the actions of its member churches. The Uniting Church in Australia, one of that country’s largest Christian denominations, has announced divestment plans, as has the Anglican Church in New Zealand. In the United States, the United Church of Christ said last year that it would move toward fossil-fuel divestment."

To read the full article click here.

4. Offer of Talk on Walking the John Muir Way

During ten days in June 2014 Eco Congregation Environmental Chaplain, Trevor Jamison, walked the 135 miles of the John Muir Way, stretching from Helensburgh to Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar.

Trevor is available to speak with groups in churches about why he decided to mark the life and work of this Scot-born pioneering American environmentalist in this way, and what he discovered along the route.

If you would like to have Trevor come to your group with this illustrated talk please contact him to arrange a date:
0131 240 2274 or 0131 667 1788

5. Alexandria Parish Church Allotments

Alexandria Parish Church have turned some of their chrch grounds into allotments:

To read about this innovative project click here.

6. Messy Church

Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church have been incorporating environmental issues into their Messy Church activities. To read more about this click here.

7. Fairtrade

Matthew Aitken of Dunscore Church has written article about the importance of Fairtrade in supporting farmers and growers in developing countries. To read his article click here.

8. 319 Eco-Congregations and Growing

St John’s Cathedral, Oban, has just become our newest Eco-Congregation! We now have 319 registered congregations across Scotland.

Why not ask a neighbouring church to register? Remember, you don't have to have done any environmental work to register. Registration is a way of getting started.

9. St Columba's, Stirling, receives first Eco-Congregation Award.

St Columba’s Church, Stirling, has become our most recent award winner.They were particularly congratulated on their Church Hall Project, a huge undertaking. Congratulations St Columba’s!

10. Global Warming Song

We have posted this before, but someone was asking about it this week so here it is again. Making Waves sing to urge action to stop global warming to the tune of the folk song What shall we do with the drunken sailor? With lyrics by choir member Oliver Swingler. The recording is from the Iron Press 40th anniversary event at Cullercoats Fishermans’ Mission on 19th May 2013.

Further news items can be found on our web site news page.
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