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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 15 October 2021
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 🔔 Join us now and during COP26 🌍

Faiths unite for climate justice


Eco-Congregation Scotland has been strengthened by working on an interfaith basis towards the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, starting in only 16 days on Sunday 31 October. We invite you and your church to get involved in activities with diverse faiths as we unite for climate justice, now and during COP26.

We will be writing again soon with news of our own COP26 activities - including
EcoHighland 2021 demonstrating how COP26 is making a lasting impact across Scotland - plus we are looking to encourage future charity trustees and support you with our new volunteer scheme. Thanks for all your interest and continuing support. It is always appreciated.
 
We have been linking to Faiths 4 Climate Justice in 'Upcoming Events' on our newsletter for the past few months. We now share from Greenfaith International. Following the tragic death today of Sir David Amess MP, we are not encouraging direct visits to political representatives or their offices on Monday unless previously agreed.

Two weeks before global climate negotiations, people of diverse religions rise to send a message: destroying the planet is against our religions.

Join Faiths 4 Climate Justice, a global multi-religious action on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 October 2021. There's still time to take part, even by ringing a bell on Sunday for climate justice at your own church! You can also download resources and please register any action.

Sunday 17 October 2021
Ring a bell for climate justice

At churches, mosques and temples around the globe, we’ll call for climate justice and care for the vulnerable by ringing our bells, singing, praying, meditating, calling the Azan, sounding the shofar - whatever is true to our tradition. Banners will also be unfurled and posted displayed on our sacred buildings that make it clear: the time to act is now.

Monday 18 October 2021
Call for action

We take our faiths into the streets and to our leaders. Around the world, diverse faiths will deliver demands to political and financial leaders, hold prayer or meditation vigils outside government and bank offices, sing hymns about the climate, or take action rooted in our deepest values.
Eco-Congregation Scotland encourages you to email your MPMSPs and Councillors with a simple message:

"I am taking part in Faiths 4 Climate Justice, a global multi-religious action. Our faiths call us to campaign for climate justice. Please let us know what you are doing to ensure action at COP26 for a just, green future here in Scotland and around the world."

We are also linking with Glasgow Buddhist Centre Social Action for an interfaith vigil on Monday from 12noon to 2pm. Many of our volunteers have previously been involved with similar witness through Christian Aid campaign The Big Shift.

Please meet outside outside Barclays Bank, 83 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8BJ for a short vigil at 12noon, followed by walking meditation between the key other fossil-fuel investing banks to support 
vital calls for divestment.

We will also be represented through
Christian Aid, SCIAFClimate Sunday and interfaith Make COP Count group at 10 Downing Street on Monday. Diverse faith representatives will hand in a statement telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson he has a “unique position to lead the world in tackling the climate crisis” at COP26. 

The statement will highlight calls from you among more than 100,000 people across faith communities urging the UK Government to show leadership, taking action to tackle the climate emergency in a way that is fair and just for those on the frontlines of the crisis.

COP26 Vigil
Sunday 31 October 2021
2.00pm
– 3.00pm
George Square, Glasgow G2 1LA

Register to attend in person
Watch the livestream online

The future of our planet hangs in the balance. Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow, with the Scottish Religious Leaders Forum, invite you - at this critical moment - to join people of all religions and none in expressing your love for life on earth and the shared hope that COP26 will commit leaders to the actions necessary to save it!

This unique prayer and meditation vigil will bring together people of all backgrounds in Glasgow and - 
via a livestream - around the world, in a powerful, symbolic act of unity and solidarity for our planet.

Witness religious leaders and faith community members coming together in Glasgow’s main square, united in a common commitment to climate justice, to mark the beginning of COP26 and to launch 
Scottish Interfaith Week, which shares the COP26 theme: ‘Together for Our Planet’.

All participants - whether joining in person or online - are invited to pray or hold in their thoughts the COP26 negotiators: that they may have the courage and wisdom to work together and to make the commitments necessary to safeguard the future of humanity and all life on our planet. All welcome!


Please register to attend George Square in person:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cop26-vigil-on-george-square-tickets-188385334607

Watch the livestream online:
http://tiny.cc/COP26Vigil

Scottish Interfaith Week 2021 takes place from 31 October until 7 November. This year the theme is 'Together For Our Planet', coinciding with COP26. Interfaith Scotland encourages individuals, faith communities, local interfaith groups and organisations across Scotland to host climate-related events for the week.
 
Please sign up for the 
Scottish Interfaith Week newsletter to get regular updates and find our more. Please also visit Scottish Interfaith Week on social media:
FacebookTwitter and Instagram 

Please join events online or in your own area. You can also find images and posters in the 
Scottish Interfaith Week resource library to help promote your own events. Eco-Congregation Scotland is taking part and tagging our own COP26 events 'Together For Our Planet' and 'Let's Do Net Zero'.
 

Global Day for Climate Justice
Saturday 6 November 2021
11.30am – 4.30pm

Assemble for 12noon march from Kelvingrove Park
3pm rally at Glasgow Green

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faiths-beliefs-bloc-cop26-tickets-185221351047

Join the 'Faiths & Beliefs Bloc' at the COP26 Coalition Global Day for Climate Justice, speak out for those whose voices are not heard. Come as an individual, family or group from your local church, joining diverse faiths as we celebrate our shared commitment to the poorest and the planet. Please register to find out more.
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
Scottish Interfaith Week   31 October - 7 November
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
 
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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