Eco-congregation

Eco-Congregation

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Selkirk Parish Church is registered as an Eco-Congregation.

This commits the congregation to take action to promote our caring for God’s creation and to do all that we can to be good stewards of the world entrusted to us.

For detialed information about waste recycling, see:Zero Waste leaflet 2019


  • COP26 – what is it?

    COP26 – what is it?

    Join us on Monday 18th January, 7-8pm, for an online presentation by Fiona Buchanan from Christian Aid, followed by questions/discussion.

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    Meeting ID: 971 4718 3597
    Passcode: 629241

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  • Recycling for Good Causes video (Nov 2020)

    Link to our new Recycling for Good Causes video:


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  • church garden 2020

    church garden ready for 2020

    The church garden is in good shape. Hopefully, by the time these vegetables are ready to beharvested, Open Door will be up and running again!


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  • Earth Hour 2020

    Don’t forget ….


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  • Recycling drop-in Feb 20th

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  • harvest – creation in our care

    harvest – creation in our care

    This year, our “creation in our care” service (on 22nd September) was led by a group of members.

    The themes for the service were 4 elements of God’s creation:
    – air (God’s spirit energising our lives)
    – fire (God meets us, like Moses at the burning bush, and fires us up for action
    – water (necessary for life, but not available to many in the world)
    – earth (we celebrate the earth in all its diversity.
    An augmented choir led the congregation in singing specially composed versions of “We plough the fields and scatter”, “Standing on Holy Ground” and “Wide, wide as the ocean”.
    The themes were illustrated with a waterfall cascading down from the balcony into the font, bubbles being blown over the congregation, a new “fire” banner, a display of harvest goods in front of the communion table, and photos on the screen (thanks, Alan!)


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  • Back to Our Roots

    Back to Our Roots – a meal organised by the Eco Group, highlighting Earth Hour

    Friday 29th March 2019

    All ready to welcome guests to Back To Our Roots

    Can you see the Earth Hour poster in the background and the Sunday Gang poster reminding us that we can all do something to help look after the future of the planet?

    Are we ready?
    Here they come …
    The waiters memorising the menu…and what a great job they did.


    As well as excellent company, good food, food for thought and action, we were able to send £140 to Green Environment Protection, an organization working to support and empower rural communities in South Western Uganda. GEP will be able to use it in their work. It costs £35 a month to pay a teacher so that gives an indication of how far our contribution can go.

    In between courses, we watched two short videos reminding us of Earth Hour and also the problems surrounding the loss of insect species. There is action we can take, however, by following these links to add our support.

    pesticides petition

    Sign this petition to make sure there’s clear plan to reduce pesticides and make the countryside a safer place for wildlife.

    plasticfreescotland petition

    Customers’ voices can be powerful. Click on the logo of your regular supermarket to ask them to ditch single use plastics for good.


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  • Out of Africa meal

    Colourful Africa-themed tables

    Out of Africa, 28th Sept 2018

    Out of Africa, on 29th September, was an evening of good food and company – colourful kangas on the tables and David T. got a round of applause for wearing his kaftan, embroidered by disabled people in Malawi.

    The cooks did a great job, and the young people once again charmed everyone with their waitering skills and smiles.

    No-one wanted to go home after the meal was over – the sign of a good evening.

     

    3 of our waiter/waitress team, looking very smart and ready to serve.

    The meal was part of our Harvest weekend and was planned by the Eco-congregation and Fairtrade groups.

    The surplus from ticket money, £165, was donated to the Christian Aid Harvest project, supporting people like Aster in rural Ethiopia where she runs a solar-powered shop as she can not longer rely solely on farming for an income.

    The Fairtrade stall also made a good number of sales and we heard about the difficulties faced by Traidcraft.


     

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  • SPC to disinvest from fossil fuels

    SPC to disinvest from fossil fuels

    Following the General Assembly’s decision to continue to “engage” with fossil fuel companies, despite this policy being ineffective in persuading them to change their strategy, the Kirk Session and Congregational Board have agreed to withdraw the funds we currently have invested in the Church of Scotland Growth Fund.

    The full text of the letter sent to the Investors Trust is provided below:

    In the light of our concerns about climate change driven by the continued burning of fossil fuels, most recently highlighted by Pope Francis in his meeting with oil executives, and the failure of the Church of Scotland’s policy of engagement to bring about significant change in the policies and practices of Shell, BP and Total over the last 2 years, Selkirk Parish Church has decided to withdraw its funds invested in the Church of Scotland Growth Fund.

    As an eco-congregation, we do not believe it is ethically acceptable to invest in, and gain profit from, companies whose main aim is to continue to explore for, and to extract, fossil fuels. For example, BP states on its website that its strategy is to “invest in more gas and oil, producing both with increasing efficiency”. In fact, we believe that these investments are contrary to the Investors Trust’s current policy not to invest in companies whose “activities … are felt to harm society more than they benefit it”. The activities of Shell, BP and Total (and other similar companies) are driving the whole world towards dangerous and potentially uncontrollable climate change, already causing harm to people across many parts of the planet.

    We disagree with the Church of Scotland’s policy to continue to “engage” with these companies as being impractical and ineffective. Many large institutions, including cities, universities, some pension funds, the British Medical Association, the Church of Ireland and the United Reformed Church in Scotland have already agreed to fully divest from all fossil fuel exploration and extraction. We believe that the Church of Scotland should be leading the way for others, and should fully divest now from all companies involved in fossil fuel exploration and extraction; this would give a stronger signal to these companies than any engagement is ever likely to do.

    Within Selkirk Parish Church, we are committed to caring for God’s creation. We can no longer wait for the Church or Scotland to act in this matter, so we are taking our own small steps to make ourselves “fossil free”. Withdrawing our funds is one step in this journey that we are able to make now, and therefore we are doing so. We hope that other congregations may follow our example.

    The funds withdrawn may be either reinvested in an ethical fund or used to part-fund a children and families worker; we consider this to be a much better way to invest for growth in God’s Kingdom.


     

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  • Silver eco-award presentation – Feb 2018

    Silver eco-award presentation – Feb 2018

    On Feb 18th, 2018, we were privileged to have a visit from Mary Sweetland, chair of Eco-congregation Scotland, who had come to present our silver eco-award plaque.  The award was made back in September, when we were the first congregation is Scotland to achieve that award.

    Our award commended the congregation for:

    ❖ the clarity of your planning and monitoring of your action plan;
    ❖ your eco-policy, which we may use as an example for other congregations to consider;
    ❖ your active involvement in aspects of global living, especially the toilet-twinning;
    ❖ the active involvement of members of your congregation in the ECS local network and national gathering;
    ❖ the overall impression of an imaginative and creative church, fully committed to environmental issues.

     

    and gave us the following recommendations for our ongoing “care for creation”, perhaps working towards a gold award:

    1. Work towards developing a longer-term sustainable action plan over a number of years, and consider expanding the number of individuals involved in your core group.
    2. Consider an event to engage all your church leadership team in discussion of environmental issues.
    3. Continue to challenge and support individual members to take action to reduce their environmental impact where possible, and try to evaluate the effectiveness of your campaigns.
    4. Consider carrying out a survey of attitudes, both within and outwith the congregation to discover (among other things) whether your work is having an impact in the community.
    5. Consider taking the lead in some community-based environmental action.
    6. Continue to explore further practical actions to reduce the environmental footprint of the church buildings.

    The congregation gathered together after the service with minister Margaret Steele and Session Clerk Colin Macintosh holding the plaque.
    The congregation gathered together after the service with minister Margaret Steele and Session Clerk Colin Macintosh holding the plaque.

     


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