Eco Congregation News June

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

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

1. Scottish Government Publishes new Climate Bill

The Scottish Government has published its Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill with the above accompanying video. It is proposing a 90% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 with specific targets for each year.  Environmental organisations are continuing to call for a target of 100%.

2. Introducing Our New Environmental Chaplain Rev David Coleman

This year our our Environmental Chaplaincy project moves into its second five year period funded by the United Reformed Church. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev David Coleman as successor to Rev Trevor Jamison, who leaves to take up a pastorate in North Shields. David hopes to be with us in Mid August.

3. Church of Scotland Votes against Disinvestment from Fossil Fuel Companies.

At the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland last week  commissioners voted against dis-investing from fossil fuel companies while continuing to engage with them to get their activities aligned with the requirements of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

A number of Eco-Congregation activists spoke in the debate and you can view a video of it on our web site.

4. Ifees/Ecoislam Plastic Free Iftar Campaign

As part of their EcoIslam initiative IFEES is asking Mosques to find alternatives to plastic during Iftar. Iftar is the breaking of the daily fast and often takes place communally in the Mosque. Some of the ideas and resources are equally applicable to churches.

5. Five Eco-Congregation Award Plaques Presented

It has been a busy month for our awards scheme with five awards plaques being presented. Here are links to stories and photos about each one:

Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church (Silver)
St Ninian's Craigmailen (Gold)
Wardie Parish Church (Gold)
Livingston United Parish (Bronze)
Renfield St Stephen's (Bronze)


6. Screenings Of Climate Change Documentary "Not Without Us" During June.

As Scotland brings forward a new Climate Bill, Take One Action, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland present a special screening of Not Without Us, a rousing documentary that connects the dots between decreasing biodiversity, indigenous land rights abuses, fossil-fuel driven economies, growing economic inequality and government inaction in the face of the greatest crisis engulfing our planet (view film trailer above).

Sunday 3rd June, 17:30, Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh 
Saturday 9th June, 17:30, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen 
Sunday 10th June, 17:30, DCA, Dundee 

7. Five New Eco-Congregations Add Their Voices to Ours

Four congregations have recently registered as eco-congregations. By registering, these congregations are making a commitment to address environmental issues in the lives of their churches and are adding their voices to all those calling for action on climate change.

The four new eco-congregations are:
  • St Josephs RC Milngavie
  • St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal & Methodist Church in Dunbar
  • Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church of Scotland
  • King's Community Church, Aberdeen
  • Apex Church, Peterhead.
This brings the total number of eco-congregations in Scotland to 432. Please join us in welcoming them to our movement

To register your congregation please click the button below.

8. Photo Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Photography Competition which was arranged as part of the run up to our Annual Gathering.

In total we had 135 entries across ten categories which were judged anonymously by two judges.

9. Ten Ideas for Summer Events

As this summer unfolds, why not think about organising some positive, fun outdoor events to celebrate God’s wonderful creation, or just to enjoy being out and about in it? Eco-congregation doesn’t need to be all about meetings, serious discussions and challenging actions!

So here are a few ideas for you to consider – either as network events, or local church events, or something in between – perhaps you could invite two or three churches near you to join you.

10. GDPR and Privacy Policy Update

We have revised our privacy policy to reflect the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation.

Further news items can be found on our web site news page.
Our next newsletter will be sent on the first of next month. 
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