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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 19 August 2021
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Creation Time launch tonight


With the COP26 climate talks this autumn, it is more important than ever to share the urgent need to address the climate emergency. As Christians we want our local communities to know we have ‘green issues at our heart’ as we do our best to care for God’s creation. Making green hearts and placing them in prominent positions around our church and community gives a visible sign of that commitment.

We are launching a new craftivism resource among our materials for Creation Time, encouraging you to use your creativity and create hearts from materials like fabric, wool, paper or stone. It's a great activity for individuals or groups of all ages. We will also link this to campaign activities in the run-up to COP26. Please download the new resource here:

Eco-Congregation Scotland now shares notice of all our events several times weeks in advance through our emails and newsletters, Eventbrite, Facebook and Twitter but we always find a large level of registration at the last minute, so again we share tonight's much anticipated launch of our Creation Time worship materials. There's still time to join us for this inspiring event at 7.30pm with Rev David Coleman and many of this year's contributors. Please register now for this and our upcoming workshops and meetings.

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

Eco-Congregation Scotland is partnering with the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) 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
COP26, new weekly resources have been prepared by our Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman 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, with the Church of Scotland an associate partner. JPIT also has a range of resources online.
Rev David Coleman said: "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 join us this evening - and please use the resources through Creation Time."

Please register now for the launch of this year’s Creation Time materials:
Making Things Last
Saturday 21 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.
Creation Calls the Tune 2
Thursday 26 August 2021, 

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.
Nations' Climate Sunday Service
Sunday 5 September 2021, 3.30pm
Join Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) in partnership with Glasgow Churches Together and Glasgow Cathedral (St Mungo's or High Kirk) for the Nations' Climate Sunday Service, live online from 3.30pm, service opens at 4.00pm.

Pilgrims, campaigners, scientists, policymakers, delegates, visitors...we are welcoming the world to COP26 but many voices we need to hear can't find or afford accommodation.

If you are in Glasgow or the central belt, please consider opening up your home - and your heart - to offer hospitality and a Scottish welcome, in an ethical alternative to hotels and other expensive accommodation Please join the COP26 Homestay Network like
Rev Dr Martin Johnstone (above right), Glasgow Churches COP26 Ambassador, as a strong faith-based action as we host COP26 and guests from around the globe. You can find out more here:

As members of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition we also encourage faith spaces in and around Glasgow to become venues for events, meetings, socialising and office space, helping COP26 be a success for civil society groups coming to Scotland for the conference.

Many churches are opening their doors as part of this process. If your church, hall or office space can join the
Spaces for Change project find out more here. There is also a need for shop fronts and exhibition space. If you have international partners or colleagues coming from overseas to COP interested in these opportunities please see information on the Climate Fringe website.

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

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,

Eco-Congregation Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN
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