Migration, Refugees and Climate Change

Thursday 18th March 10 am Zoom

How does conflict and climate drive displacement? Faith Impact Forum and Christian Aid will host this panel discussion on migration, refugees and climate change. Fiona Kendall, Rev John McCulloch, and Val Brown will each bring their own experiences to this lively and topical discussion.

To attend this event, please register your interest to faithimpact@churchofscotland.org.uk
A Zoom code will be sent to you a few days before the meeting.

John Wesley and Slavery

The first in a new series of talks for 2021 exploring life and faith in today’s world, open to everyone.

Taking place online, the New Room is pleased to welcome Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo, Dr Madge Dresser and Gary Best sharing in conversation on this important movement for change in the 18th century.

7.30 – 8.30 pm Monday 15 February 2021

More information and booking details – cost £5.

Safeguarding Foundation Training

This revised Online version of the Foundation module – Creating Safer Spaces – is being offered to those within the Scotland and Shetland region who are either in new roles or who need to refresh after 4 years. Those who have to complete Advanced module do not need to refresh this training but should attend if this module hasn’t yet been completed.

Foundation Module (online) day course – Sat 20th Feb 2021, 10.30am-2.30pm Bookings are open until Midnight on 17th Feb 2021.

Foundation Module (online) evening course – Thur 8th and 15th April 2021, 7-9pm Bookings are open until Midnight on 6th Apr 2021. Attendance on both evenings is required to complete the course.

Book via Eventbrite – links from Module headings.



Safeguarding Clinic – neglect and self-harm

Tues 16th Feb 2021, 7.30pm – online

  • In addition to input on neglect and self-harm, there will be an update on training opportunities, and time for questions.
  • Open to those with safeguarding responsibility or interest in these key areas
  • Hosted by:
    Euan Morrison – District Safeguarding Officer, Scotland and Shetland
    Lorraine Darlow – National Learning and Development Coordinator, Scotland and Shetland Region

Feel free to email questions in advance to either Euan or Lorraine – Scotland@dso.methodist.org.uk or darlowl@methodistchurch.org.uk

Book through Eventbrite by midnight on 12th Feb 2021.

Taketime sessions on Mark’s Gospel

Taketime meditations use your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space in which to meet God. Anyone can use these meditations, regardless of background or religion, and you can meditate anywhere you like.

The Learning Network is organising monthly facilitated sessions using sections of Mark’s Gospel, tying in with this year’s Bible Month. Sessions will run on the last Friday of the month at 12.30pm – 1.30pm, starting on Friday 29th Jan 2021. This will use the story from Mark 2:1-12 of the paralysed man being lowered through the roof.

Book through Eventbrite (free) to receive the link to the sessions. All are welcome.

2021 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture (Online)

Heriot-Watt University Chaplaincy’s 2021 Annual Public Lecture will be given by Professor Alister McGrath on the topic “SCIENCE, FAITH & THE MEANING OF LIFE: Comparing Richard Dawkins and Albert Einstein.” It will be live-streamed via Microsoft Teams Live on Monday 8 February at 7.30 pm. Professor McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and the lecture will be based on his current unpublished research. We are delighted that he has agreed to join us as part of our bi-centenary celebrations marking the founding of Heriot-Watt’s predecessor institution, the world’s first Mechanics Institute. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please register via Eventbrite to receive access details: Science, Faith and the Meaning of Life (Heriot-Watt University Chaplaincy) Registration, Mon 8 Feb 2021 at 19:30 | Eventbrite

If you are unable to access Eventbrite please email: chaplaincy@hw.ac.uk before Wednesday 3rd February.

Christian Aid Scotland Supporter Gathering

We might not be able to gather in person quite yet, but we’ve discovered how much we can do online! Join us on Tuesday 16th February – 10 am to 12 noon – to hear about some of our amazing partner work at the virtual Gathering.

We’re delighted to welcome staff from Christian Aid Ethiopia. Netsanet Feleke and Solomon Woldetsadik will speak to us about the impact of climate change, locusts, and conflict on vulnerable communities.

We’re also excited to find out about new ways of celebrating Christian Aid Week. We’ll hear from supporters who tried new ways of fundraising in 2020. We’ll look forward to COP and think about how we can all be involved in the fight against climate change. And you’ll meet some of the new faces on the Christian Aid Scotland team.

This will be an interactive session with lots of opportunities to ask questions of our staff and other supporters.

Please do save the date and invite others to join us.

Email edinburgh@christian-aid.org to register and receive the joining instructions.

Advent Bible Study

Join an Advent bible study online with Methodists from all over Scotland!

Advent bible study poster

We would like to facilitate 4 sessions to travel together through Advent 2020 in Scotland as those who live life with a Methodist flavour.
There will be a presentation, using material from Paula Gooder’s book “Journey to the Manger”, and then discussion groups when we can share and learn together.

All sessions on Thursdays at 7pm

  • Genealogies – 26th Nov
  • Announcements – 3rd Dec
  • Arrivals – 10th Dec
  • Aftermaths – 17th Dec

If you send me a message, expressing interest, then I shall send you the Zoom link.
Andrew Baker; Nik Wooller; Laurent Vernet