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Eco-Congregation Scotland news

12 September 2021

 

Scottish churches 'at forefront of climate action'

Welcome recognition and encouragement for you and your church's leadership


Scotland's churches have "often been at the forefront of climate action". This was the opening statement of a message on behalf of the Scottish Government at the Nations' Climate Sunday Service last Sunday. You can see the full message at: https://youtu.be/Uq61TlDcNKM

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government added: "I really welcome the leadership shown by churches up and down the land as they commit to action, as they reduce their emissions."

We hope that Eco-Congregation Scotland volunteers and supporters, along with churches throughout Scotland, appreciate this recognition and encouragement of all your efforts to care for creation and tackle the climate emergency.

We value the leadership and urgency you increasingly and must continue to demonstrate in your churches and all our communities.

We also thank the Cabinet Secretary for her message and encouragement for us all to do more in this year of COP26 and beyond.

It was significant for this to be heard in the Nations' Climate Sunday Service bringing thousands of churches together across Britain and Ireland. This was the only direct contribution from the UK Government or devolved Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive. All were invited to receive a statement of churches' commitments and asks of government for the upcoming COP26 climate conference hosted by the UK in Glasgow.

As the Cabinet Secretary said "immediate, concerted international action" is vital to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in the longer term. We must "play our part to limit the damaging impact of climate change and to become a
Net Zero Nation", encouraging action pledges in Scotland's Climate Week.

We will be writing to you tomorrow with more on
Scotland's Climate Week, but for now, thank you for all that you do, your growing efforts and continuing support in this year of COP26. It is always appreciated.

The message is on YouTube with subtitles - 
https://youtu.be/Uq61TlDcNKM - or you can see on Twitter. Please let us know if you cannot access and would like an alternative. We can send a direct file transfer link.
We were delighted to have been involved in last week's Nations' Climate Sunday Service and thank Climate Sunday partners through Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)Glasgow Churches Together and Glasgow Cathedral (St Mungo's or High Kirk) for their co-operation and collaboration in partnership.

Unfortunately the live stream was disrupted not to return, but we are delighted that you can now view the full
service online now with wonderful contributions from Christians around the nations. It has taken a little longer this week for the video to appear online as fresh copyright permissions were needed to post live performances online for wider viewing. Please also watch the prelude of music, prayer and inspirational videos and see an excellent range of photos thanks to Karen Bass and Rev'd David Coleman:

ecocongregationscotland.org/climatesunday/

Our Eco-Chaplain has also written a personal reflection in his inimitable style for the World Council of Churches:

oikoumene.org/blog/reflection-on-climate-sunday-in-glasgow

 

Eco-Congregation Scotland and the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) have co-produced materials for the Season of CreationCreation Time or Creationtide.

Please use and share our new resources from 
Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman and diverse contributors in Week 2: Sunday 12 September 2021: https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org//creation-time
Scotland's Climate Week
We will share more tomorrow on Scotland's Climate Week which runs from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 September. Find out more now at:

https://www.netzeronation.scot/whats-happening/scotlands-climate-week
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:

Creation Time/Season of Creation   1 September - 5 October
Scotland's Climate Week   13 - 19 September
Climate Fringe Week   18 - 26 September
Faiths 4 Climate Justice   17 - 18 October

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
 
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Read our monthly briefing on what COP26 is and how you can get involved. 

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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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