Green Christian at Glasgow – COP26 – Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 .. and adding

  1. Green Christian had a base at Glasgow at Govan and Linthouse Parish Church, G51 2YL where prayers were said at 9, 12 and 15hr and people were welcome all day. (Except Monday 8 where the base was at St Silas, due to previous booking of St Govans on 8th)

    Also Members of Green Christian
  2. Were present at Glasgow as members of other organisations
  3. From all round the country met by prayer by Zoom at 8am for 10 minutes each morning
  4. From all round the country were involved in their own churches and communities in events

See a list of activities at Glasgow here.

Notes are added to this post, starting at the bottom. However days 7 – 11 are written as a block andare made from some notes sent by Barbara Echlin as a summary.

Tue Day 8-Fri Day 12

Our 8am zoom prayer sessions led by Andrew have gone very well indeed. Max 93. Average 60 to 70 each morning.

GC prayer space at Govan church is continuing through the second week with volunteers coming in three times a day to lead it. Catherine had to leave on Saturday. Tuesday was led by Euan. Today, Wednesday, ‘our’ Ruth led the 9am and 3pm sessions. Tomorrow Vanessa and John Purdy are there, and the final day is Chris Warwick who lives in Glasgow.

A few days ago Catherine Fish emailed me to say: “I just went into our prayer space to work on adapting the prayer stations, and it was being used (!) because they said “St George’s Tron is fine but not peaceful, and this is”! 

Catherine also reports that people have been coming in ones and twos all day to spend time there.

The recording of the “In Conversation with … sessions are well worth listening to. The second In conversation with David Coleman from EcoCongregation Scotland went more deeply into eco-theology. Ellen Teague on the Catholic church and the environment and Melanie Nazareth on the Camino to COP are great. The sound quality is good and Catherine engages the visitors  in conversation really well. You can listen on the GC You Tube channel 

The GC marching banner joined the Faiths and Beliefs block in the main march on Saturday.

On Sunday Euan McPhee, Katherine Hogg and Richard Morgan (Green Christian Scotland group) represented Green Christian at the ecumenical service in Glasgow Cathedral. On his way out Euan got talking to a Norwegian lady Ingeborg from the Church of Norway who recommended this material

Mon Day 8: 8 Nov

Christian / Ecocongregation Scotland decamped and moved to St Silas church for the day. Katherine Hogg led three different Plenty! Sessions with Bishop Mark Strange of the Scottish Episcopalian church and Stephen Curran, manager of EcoCongregation Scotland. Katherine wrote:  “I was thrilled with the day to be honest as although we were small numbers, with the Bishop and his two young helpers we had great conversations and even in the morning it was the same with the smaller group and of course valuable that Stephen could see how it works in reality. There was quite a buzz in the discussions and also much thoughtful reflection. I will catch up with Stephen next week. I’m hopeful he will be able to plug it with the various eco congregations. “

Sat Day 6: 6 Nov

Many members of Green Christian set off on marches, in places from Norwich, to Glasgow. these pictures are in Glasgow:-

Dan Button (who took the video of Euan to which I have yet to put a link writes:

I’ve been up at COP26 for the first week together with the CCOP group (Christian COP) – mostly young people from about 10 different countries representing several organisations inluding a Rocha, WEA, Climate Stewards, Climate Reality, Young Christian Climate Network etc.
The whole group has been truly inspirational, they’re genuine climate advocates and activists, meeting with national delegations, MPs, doing interviews, writing newsletters, setting up vigils, attending meetings all over the Blue Zone… On day 1 we had a private meeting with Al Gore.
I joined in the big youth march yesterday, took a lot of incredible video and photos.  It’s just been really full-on, I don’t have much time to upload and get things over to people.  Just about to leave for the day and the march today, then we have a vigil and a dinner tonight.

Frid Day 5 : 5 Nov

71 people met at 8am by Zoom for the first of the daily 10 min prayer/meditation sessions led by Andrew Norman (join us on future mornings at 8am)

James Buchanan (Operation Noah’s divestment campaign) in Conversation with Euan McPhee: video/podcast to be added on Monday

Thurs Day 4: 4 Nov

72 people met at 8am by Zoom for the first of the daily 10 min prayer/meditation sessions led by Andrew Norman (join us on future mornings at 8am)

Melanie Nazareth of Camino to COP joined Catherin Fish in Conversation today. – See Video

Euan McPhee meets Bishop Graham Usher: Bishop Graham Usher accepts the Climate Declarations Euan McPhee collected from the 13 Dioceses that he cycled through on his 700 mile cycle ride from Truro to Glasgow Cathedral back in September. See Euan’s blog here 

Wed Day 3: 3 Nov:

81 people met at 8am by Zoom for the first of the daily 10 min prayer/meditation sessions led by Andrew Norman (join us on future mornings at 8am)

Ellen Teague has a pass both for the green zone and the blue zone. She is with the Columbans and writes for various Catholic papers and organisations. Listen to a recording/podcast) of her Conversation on 3 Nov:

You get a feel of what is going on in the blue and Green zones and hear reflections on what has been going on in the Catholic Church in the “green scene” over the past 30 years

Catherine fish who holds the prayer meeting at 9, 12 and 3 each day

Euan McPhee is there -See his facebook blog

at Green Christian has a base at Glasgow at Govan and Linthouse Parish Church, G51 2YL.

recommends the following prayer written by Ruth Valerio which is on Tearfund’s website:

Let’s pray:

To our God
who made and can move mountains,
who created people and can touch their hearts and minds,
who declared that the world was very good and can make it to be so again,
who has the world in his hands,
be praise and glory.

We lift before you the COP climate talks and the future of the planet.
We are sorry for the damage that has been done, 
but we come before you knowing that you are a God of mercy and miracles.
We pray for the world leaders gathering in Glasgow,
that they would do what is right and fair. 
May the common desire to protect the world enable good conversations, positive actions and bring about unity.

We pray for those joining from countries on the frontline of climate change
who are experiencing the worst impacts, having contributed the least.
We pray that their voices would carry weight and power,
and that you, God, would protect their place at the negotiating table.

Lord, would you help us in the UK to host with humility, compassion, and generosity.

You are a God for whom nothing is impossible or too late.
In the face of this climate crisis, we hold on to the hope found in you.
Hear the cries of your people, O God.

Amen.

Day 2 In Converstaion with David Coleman – Jesus with the beasts – i.e. wildlife

Tue Day 2: 2 Nov

91 people met at 8am by Zoom for the first of the daily 10 min prayer/meditation sessions led by Andrew Norman (Join in another morning at 8am)

Mon Day 1: 1 Nov

95 people met at 8am by Zoom for the first of the daily 10 min prayer/meditation sessions led by Andrew Norman (Join in another morning at 8am)

Prayer stations set up in Govan church by Catherine Fish

Euan and Stephen (EcoCongregation Scotland) setting up GC stall this evening. Euan just arrived mid afternoon today having been caught up in the train disruption yesterday and had to spend night in London.

First prayer session at Govan church took place this morning.

First In Conversation with Rev David Coleman EcoCongregation Scotland chaplain took place – You can hear the audio-recording here:

And John and Vanessa Purdy recorded a service at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church yesterday which is based on our Why Faith Matters at COP26 with the slides used in the recording. See it here

GC member from Bristol Dave Mitchell in GC T Shirt for the Climate Sunday photocall in the Green Zone.


GC member from Bristol Dave Mitchell in GC T Shirt for the Climate Sunday photocall in the Green Zone.
Second from right is Jo Chamberlain – environment adviser for the house of bishops.
And to the left of the banner is Maria Elena Arana (CAFOD) and Bishop John Arnold – RC lead Bishop on the environment.

Day 0: Sun 31 Oct

The Day before COP26 GC members Rev John and Vanessa Purdy led an Online Service of Worship at Bishop Aukland Methodist Church for COP26 using Green Christian ppt “Why Faith Matters at COP26

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