When the union that created New Laigh Kirk came into being, we inherited from Grange Church eco-congregation status. Eco-Congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith, to respond in practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals, and in the local and global community.
However much has changed in the way that eco-congregation operates, so it is suggested we begin the process again, so all of the congregation of NLK is on board with what we are doing and trying to achieve, where possible linked to our Mission Plan.
This is not about creating a new committee to take us forward, but merely a small group to collate all we already do and need to do to truly be an Eco-Congregation.
Our first task is to create a formal plan as outlined by eco-congregation. This is done by using an evaluation template provided for that purpose. This is a journey for the whole congregation , not just for our Minister, office bearers and organisations, so you may be askedt o assist in answering a questionnaire.
With the echoes of Cop 26 still reverberating around the world, now is the perfect time to put into action Monday to Saturday the words that are preached from the pulpit on a Sunday. At our recent Family Communion sermon, the words “No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution” were used. Martin Luther King spoke those words. King also stated that “Before you finish breakfast this morning you’ve depended on more than half the world.” This fact shows how our habits affect others globally, as the Global South strives to feed the Global North.
We as a Congregation connect with each other ,plus others in our community locally and others we do not know or see globally. We do it in a Christian manner, which is hopefully eco-friendly.
The two quotations from Martin Luther King can be used as inspiration for the way forward.
In the coming weeks and months more will be shared.