Taking the Baton to Paris

by Adrian Shaw last modified 28 September 2015 06:19 PM
Taking the Baton to Paris

In September, the baton travelled by boat with Iain MacDonald, Church of Scotland Minister, between parishes in the Orkney Islands.

28 September 2015

Eco-Congregation Scotland is taking a baton to the climate change conference in Paris, to carry the demand of churches in Scotland for climate justice.

The baton is being passed between over 100 churches schools and other meetings  throughout the summer and autumn of 2015.  It was made for us by Greyfriars Recycling of Wood at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh from recycled church furniture.  It bears the message Time for Climate Justice: Churches in Scotland Demand a Deal in Paris, December 2015.  The relay was launched by Aileen McLeod MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform at the ECS Annual Gathering on 25th of April.

The success of the project can be seen by the steady demand from churches across Scotland to share the journey and the stories that have appeared in local papers around the country as it has moved around.

On its journey it has been to the top of Ben Lomond with the Moderator of the General Assembly and a large party of Christian Aid walkers.  It has been to the National Youth Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In September it crossed storm tossed seas to the island so Orkney where it was warmly received by residents of some of Scotland’s most remote islands.   It even made a journey over the border to the meeting of the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland held in Birmingham in June.

From almost accidental beginnings it has grown into a big story for Eco-Congregation Scotland and all participants. Receiving the baton, reading the inscription and passing it on allows us to share in a bigger journey and helps give tangible expression to our concerns and aspirations.

By the time the baton reaches Paris it will have been passed between the hands of thousands of members  of congregations, young and old and will carry so many expectations that we want to share with others from around the world and with conference  delegates.   We look forward to sharing this story with you all.


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