‘We need to Talk about Dying’ workshop for clergy

A workshop for Clergy and people in Authorised Ministries led by the Rev Canon Dr Marion Chatterley, and organised by Faith in Older People.

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Venue: The Grosvenor Hilton Hotel, Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh
Time: Registration from 9.30am; start at 10.00am – Finish approximately 4.00pm
Cost: £40.00

This day workshop will offer support and tools to enhance confidence in having pastoral conversations about death and dying. Using a model from the field of bereavement to explore emotional, psychological and spiritual responses and building on the experiences of the participants, the day will resource those who attend to go deeper in their pastoral encounters with people who are actively addressing their own mortality. The day will be facilitated by Rev Canon Dr Marion Chatterley.

Marion has extensive experience of working with younger people who are facing their own mortality and has a particular interest in bereavement theory.The programme assumes a degree of personal sharing and therefore participation is restricted to clergy and others in authorised ministries within the churches.

Draft programme

10.00 Introduction to the Day (keeping yourself safe/taking risks)
10.10 Input on bereavement theory/translation into discussion of diagnosis/change in prognosis/impact of illness in close friends etc
10.50 Work on tables emerging from input
11.15 BREAK
11.30 What gets in the way of conversations about mortality?
12.15 Feedback on plenary
12.45 LUNCH
13.30 Death Café
15.15 Closing session
15.45 Evaluation sheets and finish

Places are limited; please register by email, providing your name, address, church, phone and email contact details.

Traidcraft Roadshows in August

We’re Visiting!

Traidcraft is thrilled to announce we will be visiting Scotland to launch our new Autumn Range. The dates and venues of our three evening Roadshows are:

Tuesday 29th August, 6pm-8.30pm
St Matthews Church, Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LQ

Wednesday 30th August, 6pm-8.30pm
Peterculter Parish Church, 2 Craigton Crescent, Peterculter, Aberdeen, AB14 0SB

Thursday 31st August, 6pm-8.30pm
St Silas Church, 69 Park Road, Glasgow, G4 9JE

Each event will include:
– an opportunity to browse a selection of craft goods from the Autumn 2017 range
– an extra 10% on orders placed on attending the event
– brief updates from our CEO and our charity
– taste-testing new foods.

As always PLEASE BOOK your places (email sales@traidcraft.co.uk or call 0191 491 0855) as early as you can so we have an idea of numbers and also in the unlikely event that we need to cancel we can contact you.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

‘Not in our backyard – Not in their market garden’ – climate change and the Pacific

Dr. Julia Edwards will speak at
The Methodist Church
Queen Street, Stirling FK8 1HL
at 7.30 p.m. Monday 20th February.

Dr. Julia Edwards is a church mission partner of the Methodist Church, working with the Pacific Conference of Churches as a climate researcher. She works with communities affected by adverse weather events, including planning for and assisting with the relocation of whole villages from coastal areas; indeed in some cases abandoning whole very low lying islands and moving to a larger one. This can be quite a considerable distance away. These migrations are entirely due to global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels in the industrial north.

The meeting is being co-hosted by Stirling Methodist Church and Friends of the Earth – Stirling.

After the talk there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to discuss a response from this area and country to the urgent and increasing needs of the vulnerable people of the Pacific Islands and elsewhere in the world. The plight of these people depends very much on the planning decisions we make in the industrial countries, and in Scotland that includes the decision that has to be made on ‘fracking’.

In the coming year, a new Climate Change Bill is being introduced in the Scottish Parliament. Will it be bold enough in its aspirations to again give a lead to other legislators elsewhere and encourage them to follow this country’s example?

There is also the need to increase our investments in the generation of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects that reduce the amounts of greenhouse gases that we push into the atmosphere.

We hope that you are able to accept our invitation and attend this important meeting, and to share with us your views on this growing global crisis and plans to attempt to minimise its adverse effects.

Understanding the 2015 General Election result in Scotland

The UK General Election in May 2015 resulted in a massive shift of votes and seats from Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the Scottish National Party in Scotland. Since election night commentators and political key-players have offered several explanations for the result. Using data from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey before and – for the first time – after the election this seminar will separate the facts from the myths.

At this event a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Professor John Curtice and ScotCen Social Research, will present the results of their study into the 2015 General Election in Scotland for the first time. The research has been conducted under the auspices of The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).

Contrasting long-run changes since the advent of devolution with recent changes in voting behaviour and political attitudes will provide deep insights into the reasons underlying the outcome of the vote. It will also offer insights into Scotland’s political landscape as it prepares for Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016.

The Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer commends this meeting on Wednesday February 17 2016, 12:15 to 16:00 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street. The event is open to the public and free to attend, but registration through Eventbrite is required as places are limited.

Full programme.


Scotland Today – The Context for Methodism

The Learning and Development Forum are hosting this event to continue our focus and thinking together on current issues in the life of our nation and church.

The facilitating Speakers will be Professor Lindsay Patterson, Professor of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, and Alastair Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Churches Housing Action.

All interested are invited – please register via the District Office by Friday 17th October if possible: fiona@methodistchurch.plus.com; 01786 820295. Notice of particular needs (eg diet) would be useful – thanks!

Date:        Wednesday 29th October

Time:        4.30pm to 7.30pm (at the latest!)

Venue:     Creative Scotland, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1FA


Money for All – Citizen’s Income

What might the future of economic and social cohesion look like? What about a ‘Citizens Income’, where all members of society would receive a basic income: a fair way to eradicate poverty or a recipe for producing a something-for-nothing society?

Chair: Bishop John Armes (Scottish Episcopal Church)
Panellists: Annie Miller (Chair of the Citizen’s Income Trust), Alison Johnstone MSP, Rev Shuna Dicks (Church of Scotland).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Hall at St John’s
St John’s Church, Princes Street
Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Ticket Price: £5, available via http://www.justjust.org/calendar-just-festival-2014/2014/8/19/money-for-all-citizens-income or the Just Festival box office.