Join us for climate action – Eco-Congregation Scotland

Join us for climate action – Eco-Congregation Scotland

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Join us for climate action
Taking climate action on food and transport
Talking climate justice with Christian Aid
Prayer and worship with our Lent resources

Lent 2: Short thoughts (2m 17s)
Full reflection (13m 07s) download
Join our Eco-Chaplain to journey through Lent with our new worship resources “From the Tree to the Tree”. Rev David Coleman was delighted to join churches in Caithness this weekend for the 2nd Sunday of Lent.

The second reflection on “Abram and Nicodemus: good things belong together” was filmed in Whitelee Windfarm – the UK’s largest onshore windfarm – and can be viewed or downloaded with this Sunday’s reading from Genesis 2, the call to Abram. Videos for each week of Lent can be used to complement or take the place of a sermon on Lent readings, or as a discussion starter for study groups. For each of the five reflections, a tree has been planted in our Trees For Life Grove for members and supporters:

We also spotlight Talking Climate Justice, a weekly small group discussion guide from Christian Aid to help you grapple with the realities of the climate crisis. Each week of Lent you explore a new theme with bible readings, stories and prayers to stir up ideas of how you and your church can act together for climate justice. Perfect for small or home groups and flexible for Lenten lunches and café church.

Food, wellbeing and food insecurity – with Nourish Scotland
Monday 6 March 2023
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Please register for Zoom link

We are delighted to welcome Anna Chrowow from Nourish Scotland to lead our discussion. Join us for a reflective conversation about food, wellbeing and food insecurity. Together we will think about the role food can play in our communities, and how food projects can enhance a sense of connection and feeling valued. This follows her meeting last month with our Central Borders and Esk & Tweed Local Network volunteers. Nourish Scotland is a charity focusing on food policy and practice, working for a fair, healthy and sustainable food system that truly values nature and people.

Community Transport information Session – with CTA
Tuesday 14 March 2023
7.30pm – 8.30pm
Please register for Zoom link

What is Community Transport? Why should your congregation get involved? And how can the Community Transport Association (CTA) help you? From e-bikes to minibuses – from volunteer car schemes to dial-a-ride – urban, rural and island communities across Scotland are delivering accessible, inclusive and sustainable transport projects which lead the way to net zero. CTA’s friendly team offer advice and support to help local charities, community groups and others to get new schemes up and running. At this online event CTA will discuss the challenges and opportunities, as well as share case studies from up and down the country.

Thank you for arranging eco-activities in your church and community. We encourage all eco-congregations to hold a Climate Conversation this Lent during March. Please let us know what you have been doing and planning locally. There’s also online discussion, Local Network meetings and training for volunteers in our upcoming events open to all, including:

Monday 6 March, 7.30pm Food, wellbeing and food insecurity with Nourish Scotland
Tuesday 7 March, 7.30pm Aberdeen and Orkney & Shetland Networks
Tuesday 14 March, 7.30pm Community Transport information session
Wednesday 15 March, 7.30pm Helensburgh & Lomond and Argyll Networks
Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm How to decarbonise your community building, a Net Zero grant funding webinar with Local Energy Scotland
Registration will open soon for our Annual Gathering “Tackling the climate, cost of living and energy crises” on Saturday 22 April 2023 from 10.30am to 4pm in Livingston United Parish Church, Netherdechmont Community Centre, Fells Rigg, Deans, Livingston EH54 8AX. Please join us in Livingston or online.

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