COP26 Vigil

COP26 vigil poster

The future of our planet hangs in the balance. Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow, with the Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum, invite you – at this critical moment – to join people of all religions and none in expressing your love for life on earth and the shared hope that COP26 will commit leaders to the actions necessary to save it!

Witness religious leaders and faith community members coming together in Glasgow’s main square, united in a common commitment to climate justice, to mark the beginning of COP26 and to launch Scottish Interfaith Week, which shares the COP26 theme: ‘Together for Our Planet’. This unique prayer and meditation vigil will bring together people of all backgrounds in Glasgow and – via a livestream – around the world, in a powerful, symbolic act of unity and solidarity for our planet. To join the vigil in person, don’t forget to book your ticket on Eventbrite.

Speak up for Climate Justice: Sign the Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26

We have taken the step of using the organisation change.org to offer everyone the opportunity to sign ‘The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26‘. This declaration has been carefully crafted by representatives of the Scottish Religious Leaders’ Forum along with faith representatives from the United Kingdom. It has initially been signed by a widely diverse range of Scottish and UK wide religious communities and signatures are now being sought from faith communities, local interfaith groups and people of faith from across the UK and indeed globally. We hope to garner thousands of signatures to the petition to present at the COP26 Climate Summit and if you feel you are able to sign it, please do include which faith you belong to (if appropriate).

Volunteer Steward Needed for COP26 Vigil 

We are looking for volunteers to help with stewarding at the COP26 Vigil in George Square, Glasgow. If you are available on Sunday 31st October from 12pm to 3:15pm, and will be happy to volunteer for us at this important event, we need you! No stewarding experience required. Training and briefing will be provided prior to the event. If you are interested to be one of our volunteer stewards at the COP26 Vigil, please fill in the volunteer recruitment form by Monday 18th October, and we will get in touch with you.

Please feel free to circulate this email widely, and also encourage your community to plan an event or take part in the eventsduring Scottish Interfaith Week.

Sight Loss Sunday

sight loss Sunday flyer

Sight Loss Sunday, October 17th 2021
20% of your local community experience sight loss. Many find it impossible to attend or contribute to church life. Break those barriers down by taking part in Sight Loss Sunday and encourage blind and partially sighted people to participate in your church. Be part of the solution on Sight Loss Sunday, October 17th 2021.
Find out more at sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk/slsunday

Every 6 minutes someone in the UK starts to lose their sight. Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC), from Torch Trust, the UK Christian sight loss charity, are pleased to announce further dates of our popular Tasters. These 30 minute  Zoom sessions offer the opportunity to hear all the benefits of SLFC, meet the SLFC team and ask your questions. Sessions available are-

Tuesday 26 October at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 10 November at 2:00 PM
Tuesday 16 November at 11:00 AM
Wednesday 12 January at 2:00 PM
Monday 24 January at 2:00 PM

To register please visit https://www.sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk/taster. For more information please email SLFC@torchtrust.org.uk

 

Sign Climate Justice for All open letter

Climate Justice for All is a climate focused, youth-led, global campaign which seeks to mobilise the Methodist family on issues of climate justice.

They have  written a letter; a British Call to Alok Sharma, who will chair the forthcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

You are invited to read it and sign it, and encourage others to do so also.

A Covid Reflective Pilgrimage

Rev Richard Sharples, a Methodist Minister and member of the Iona Community, along with his Iona colleague Helen Wass, will be undertaking an Iona initiative to mark the loss of life associated with the pandemic.

Richard writes:

“With a small group, predominately members of the Iona Community, we are planning a reflective pilgrimage from Edinburgh to Iona, with many parts on foot. Starting at the Scottish Parliament, we then move to St Giles, then to Glasgow, and then on to Stirling and beyond, to remember all those who have died from Covid-19. The plan is to stop at various places each day as we travel to Iona, and at each place to conduct a short ecumenical, inclusive reflection, in memory of all who have died and those who have been deeply affected by the pandemic.

The dates are 9th – 15th October, 2021. The pilgrimage starts at the Parliament late morning on the 9th October, hopefully sponsored by MSP John Swinney, and with some input from the First Minister. Several of the other churches are involved, and other faith communities en route.

We would like Scottish Methodists to be aware of the pilgrimage, and invite them to send in names of those to be remembered. Scottish Methodists are also invited to join the pilgrimage; which is possible either through physically walking with the small party of pilgrims or by joining the daily act of remembrance, most likely in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.”

Please send names by email to: covidreflectivepilgrimage@gmail.com

Details of the pilgrimage can be found online here: www.facebook.com/Reflective-Pilgrimage

 

Politics in the Pulpit: New Season

The new season of Politics in the Pulpit, produced by JPIT – the Joint Public Issues Team –  has begun. To kick off new host Revd David Mayne chatted with Revd Anne Bennett, and most recently with Revd Fiona Bennett, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh about the lectionary passages for 26 September.

Politics in the Pulpit is a weekly podcast, where there is a conversation about the lectionary passages for the coming weekend. It’s usually released on a Tuesday, so check the JPIT website weekly for the latest episode or follow us on Podbean, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.