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Good Money Week 8 - 14 October 2017

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This year the Church of Scotland are partnering with Christian Aid Scotland, Eco Congregation Scotland and Oikocredit to host our annual conference to mark Good Money Week. 'What have faith and money got to do with Climate Change?' will take place is St Andrew's and St George's West Church, Edinburgh on Thursday 12 October. Places are free but limiited: Book online at Eventbrite www.fmcc17.eventbrite.co.uk

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Scottish Science Festivals - Where and When…

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There are a number of local science festivals held across Scotland throughout the year. Find out where, when and how your church can get involved.

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To Absent Friends!

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Although we in our culture sometimes feel uncomfortable talking about it, death is a normal part of life. After a bereavement, sometimes society pressures us to “move on”. Taking the time to remember people who are gone can often be very helpful, as part of the process of grieving. Many churches hold an annual event, when people are invited to remember their Absent Friends. To Absent Friends is a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance taking place across Scotland from 1-7 November. Groups are being invited to take part with the help of a small grants scheme.

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A Local Multiverse!

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Hear from SRT Project Associate and former Committee member Dr Robin Green about his visit to a “multiverse” as part a weekend of scientific public lectures, entitled “Cosmic Collisions” earlier this summer. 

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Churches Mutual Credit Union - Three Million in assets in two years

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Churches Mutual, the credit union for ordained and lay ministers, church charity employees and trustees, is celebrating reaching £3million pounds in assets. Since its launch in 2015, CMCU has processed 1100 applications from individuals and a further 43 from corporate bodies such as churches and church organisations.  Since July 2016 it has had two extensions to its common bond to offer savings and loans to eligible members of the United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland.

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Participatory Budgeting for Churches: What It Is and How To Get Involved, Glasgow, 19 August 2017

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Participatory Budgeting is a way for local people to make financial decisions in their area and for the church to be at the heart of community transformation. This free event will explore both these ideas and give guests a chance to meet with representatives from Churches and other organisations who have organised Participatory Budgeting events locally.

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Eastwood Justice and Peace Group Good Money Week event, Glasgow, 2 October 2017

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A local Good Money Week event hosted by the Eastwood Justice and Peace Group to discuss issues fo ethical finance.

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International Credit Union Day announces theme

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This year’s International Credit Union Day, which takes place on 19 October 2017, will be themed “Dreams Thrive Here.” Credit union professionals have decided the theme via an online poll. International Credit Union Day takes place every year on the third Thursday in October. The day aims to raise awareness of the contributions credit unions make to society. 

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What have faith and money got to do with Climate Change? Edinburgh, 12 October 2017

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The Church of Scotland is partnering with Christian Aid Scotland, EcoCongregation Scotalnd and Oikocredit for this year's Good Money Week conference. Join us to explore issues around how we an invest our money ethically to have a positive impact on Climate Change individually, as part of your congregation and in your community.

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From finance to faith – former banker gives back in Leith

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Minister of South Leith Parish Church Rev Ian May is known in his parish as the man who took on the payday lenders. Using his expertise from a former life as a banker, Mr May helped establish what he describes as a “social justice mission” that provides the community with an affordable alternative to the payday lenders, the Castle Community Bank. Read the full story on the Church of Scotland website

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Get involved in council elections

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In the run up to the council election, SCPO and the Joint Public issues Team (JPIT) have produced “Explore” – a resource to help congregations engage with these elections and to explore some of the issues within their communities.  

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SRT Project Week of Prayer 11 - 17 June 2017

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The annual Week of Prayer for the work of the Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project takes place in June. So how can you be involved?

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Midlothian Science Festival 2017 open for proposals

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Midlothian Science Festival 2017 is running from Wednesday 7 - 21 October. Want to take part? An event proposal is avaiable on the website www.midlothiansciencefestival.com

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Christian Aid: The Big Shift

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Your bank could help combat climate change Find out more about the Christian Aid campaign encouraging is to email our banks and tell them how important it is that they scale up their investment in renewables, to help fight climate change. Visit the Christin Aid website to find out more and access resources to help you get involved.

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Take part in a survey as part of a PhD research

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Would you like to take part in a survey as part of a PhD research on how worship might be involved in the relationship between religion and people's attitudes, and the mechanisms by which this might occur?

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Scottish Parliament’s CPG on Credit Unions hears Minister pledge support

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ABCUL has reported on the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Credit Unions meeting on 7 February.  At the meeting the CPG including Karen Hunter, SRT Project Coordinator, heard the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance MSP’s vision for supporting the Credit Union movement. You can read the full story on the ABCUL website.

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SRT Project at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017!

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Borders, Benefits and Biomedicine: Surveillance and Social Justice Join the SRT Committee's own Iain Mitchell QC, Chairman of the CCBE Working Party and Dr Eric Stoddart, Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics at the University of St Andrew's along with Prof Bill Buchanan, Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University to explore issues of surveillance and social justice on 4 April, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

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The Little Red Book

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Contactless - a blessing or a curse? Visit the Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) website to read the latest blog post from CEO Hilary Sams, looking at the benefits and pitfalls of this new technology, and the different methods available for to help us keep track of our expenditure.  

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First Digital Minister goes live in Falkirk

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A former Moderator has officially become the Church of Scotland’s first ever digital minister. Very Rev Albert Bogle will use his ground breaking new role to create an online Kirk congregation, made up of people who may never set foot in a “real world” church.

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SRT Project at the ABCUL Scotland Conference

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On 9 December 2016 Dr Murdo Macdonald, (SRT Project Policy Officer) attended the ABCUL Scotland Conference in Glasgow. Along with Karen Armstrong, (Scottish Government) and Bobby Gould, (CUNA Mutual), Murdo presented at one of the workshops: Creating a Fairer Scotland – What role for credit unions? Murdo talked about the Church’s work over the last few years to promote membership and connections with credit unions within its congregations.

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Scotland’s Digital participation Charter Fund: Call for Funding - Autumn 2016

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The Digital Participation Charter Fund, supported by the Scottish Government is now open for applications.There is a particular focus on organisations working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skill development work into their day-to-day activity with service users. The deadline for applications is 12 January 2017. Funds awarded range between £500 and £10,000. For further information and to apply please see - http://digital.scvo.org.uk/participation/apply-for-funding/ Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to fill out the form!

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Sign up for the Church of Scotland’s Online Advent Calendar now

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A new online Advent calendar will bring the true spirit of Christmas to life with 25 specially created videos made by members of the Church of Scotland ministries team.

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Digitally Remastered: A biblical guide to reclaiming your virtual self

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Digitally Remastered: A biblical guide to reclaiming your virtual self unpacks the practical and spiritual significance of our technological choices.  The rise and proliferation of communications technologies is arguably the most significant development of the 21st century. The web, social networking and smartphones have pervaded every area of life and every aspect of society. The web is a democratising technology, redistributing power away from the gatekeepers who previously controlled access to information and towards ordinary citizens, much as the printing press gave the laity the ability to read the Bible in their own language.

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Check out the new SCPO website!

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The new Scottish Churches Parliamantary Office website is live! Check it out at www.scpo.scot

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Organ Donation: Presuming consent?

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On 23 November the Church of Scotland highlighted the importance of organ donation, and the life- enhancing, life- giving effects that organ donation has on many families. At an open meeting in Biggar organised by the Presbytery of Lanark, Dr Murdo Macdonald, SRT Project Policy Officer spoke on organ donation, while a local family talked about their experience of raising a child who has had to undergo an organ transplant.

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Interested in finding out more about community shares?

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Community Shares Scotland is holding a free Training Event in Dundee to inform about the community shares funding model. Find out the benifits to your own community or the communities you support in a work capacity; meet with other community groups who are interested in setting up a share offer or learn from those who have had success already.

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International Credit Union Day 2016:  “The Authentic Difference”

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The theme of this year's International Credit Union Day (ICU Day) is "The Authentic Difference"— celebrating what makes credit unions truly unique. ICU Day is celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October and will take place this year on 20 Oct 2016.  The Church of Scotland continues to support and promote credit nions and encourages you and your Church to engage with your local credit union.

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Join us at our Conference to mark Good Money Week 2016

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MAKE YOUR MONEY COUNT- Thursday 3 November 2016 This year, the Church of Scotland is partnering with EthicalFutures, Triodos Bank, Rathbone Greenbank Investments and Shared Interest to host an event that brings together some of the UK's key ethical investment organisations to mark Good Money Week. The event will explore key issues around how we invest our money and give practical ideas to make your money count.

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World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September 2016

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World Suicide Prevention Day is on Saturday 10 September 2016 In Scotland, it is a sad fact that suicide is one of the major causes of death among young people, particularly among young men. A young death is always one of the most devastating events for a family or a community, and when that death results from suicide the tragedy is all the harder to bear.

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Children’s Panel members make decisions to help Scotland’s vulnerable children - could you?

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Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS) will be recruiting for over 500 new volunteers to join its community as Children's Panel members. Applications to join the Children’s Panel are open now and until 25 September 2016. Click here for more information and to apply.

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Prize Essay Competion: Designer Babies?

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Faith and Though offer a prize of £500 for the best essay on the subject of 'Designer Babies?'

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LET’S GET SCOTLAND ONLINE

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With one in six people in Scotland missing out on the benefits of being online the Let’s Get Online campaign is set to provide vital information through a nationwide roadshow. The Let’s Get Online team will visit towns and cities across Scotland from 31 May until 22 July, offering free, informal, one-to-one, drop-in sessions on how to get online.

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The SRT Project are exhibiting at the IAB 2016 in Edinburgh on 15 June

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On Wednesday 15 June, the SRT Project will be exhibiting at the International Association of Bioethics 13th World Congress at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (see www.iab2016.com).  The conference aims to help us build a bridge between the questions and answers of how bioethics can contribute to some of the most important issues of our time. It will be a great oppotunity for us to showcase the Church of Scotland's work in this area and make contact with experts in the bioethics field.

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Online Today: RNIB Scotland helping people with sensory loss to get online

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New technology has brought an explosion of information and services to our fingertips. The click of a mouse button and we can book holidays, GP appointments, pay bills, order shopping, check bank accounts and contact friends and family. But what if you are blind or partially sighted? How do you take part in the online world if you struggle to see a screen?

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SRT Project Week of Prayer 12 - 18 June 2016

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The annual Week of Prayer for the work of the Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project takes place in June. So how can you be involved?

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Free downloadable Sports Mission Pack 2016 available from 4th May!

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Sport plays a big part in many people’s lives. With another exciting summer of sport ahead, are you looking for ways in which your church can make the most of the great opportunities these major sporting events provide to reach people in your community? If so, we have just the thing for you!

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Open Farm Sunday: June 5th

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A former national convener of the Guild and a minister who has been instrumental in the recent initiative to appoint a farming minister within the Church of Scotland have spoken out to encourage churches and church members to re- connect with farmers in their local areas. On Open Farm Sunday (5th June) farmers across Britain are encouraged to open their gates to tell their food and farming stories.

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SeeMe Activism training

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SeeMe have an exciting opportunity for our See Me supporters to attend community activism training over 8 days in May/June. SeeMe are running ACTIVATE in partnership with Glasgow University. It will be delivered by a Glasgow University tutor at the SAMH Offices in Glasgow. It will run over 8 Fridays, 6th May - 24th June 10.30am - 3.30pm. Attendees would need to be able to commit to the full 8 days.

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Awards keep on coming for founders of Calderglen Befriending Project

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A dedicated member of Claremont Parish Church, East Kilbride, along with her team of young volunteers, has been recognised for her role as the 'lynchpin' in an elderly befriending scheme which has also been praised in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.

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Credit Union Outreach service opens in Kirkton Church, Carluke

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Lanarkshire Credit Union (LCU), formerly Blantyre and South Lanarkshire Credit Union has opened a new outreach service in Carluke. The new Outreach service will be held in Carluke’s Kirkton Church every Monday from 10am to 12 noon, giving residents of Carluke a regular opportunity for face to face contact with the credit union.

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Principal Clerk chairs new action group on affordable credit

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Moves to improve access to affordable credit in Scotland for people on low incomes are to be championed by a new action group led by the Very Rev John Chalmers. 

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The God Particle Play is back for 2016!

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“The God Particle”, a romantic comedy with a hint of sci-fi, will be touring the UK from late March to early June, including a number of performances in Churches of Scotland (17th- 23rd Feb) Written by James Cary, award-winning co-writer of BBC1’s Miranda, BBC3’s Bluestone 42 and Radio 4’s Another Case of Milton Jones, The God particle enjoyed a sell- out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is described as being “deep, smart, and very funny.”

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Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016

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The Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from 26 March to 10 April 2016. The Church of Scotland SRT Project is delighted to participate in the festival again this year and our event 'Can we address Fuel Poverty and respond to Climate Change? A Church of Scotland perspective' takes place on 6 April.

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Church hackers get to work

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Would you like to know where all the heat goes in your church and halls? Do you enjoy fiddling about with circuit boards and other electronic stuff? Then how about coming along to a couple of events to learn how to put your soldering iron to good use in your church?

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The God Question DVD resource

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Is your church interested in tackling the thorny issue of the relationship between science and faith? Perhaps you might consider using the God Question DVD and discussion pack. Read  what Dr Alan Fraser, from the Black Isle, had to say about his experience of using it in his church.

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James Gregory Lecture: TOWARDS AN INTEGRATION OF SCIENCE AND CHRISTIANITY

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The audios and videos from the last James Gregory Lecture are now available on the James Gregory website. In this lecture Prof Eric Priest suggests how the sciences and humanities may be integrated.

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The climate baton heads to Paris with this prayer

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Many hands have carried the climate baton this year. Rev Trevor Jamison, Environmental Chaplain, Eco Congregation Scotland, tells us how far the baton has traveled and the prayer he sends with it, in this article on the Church of Scotland website.

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Funding for groups helping people get online

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Digital Participation Challenge Fund brings Scotland another step closer to making sure that everyone can get stuff done on the web. Read the full article in Third Force News  

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Apply Now for the See Me Community Innovation Fund

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The application stage for the 2016 See Me Community Innovation Fund is now open. The Fund is open to all groups, organisations or individuals who have a great idea for a project to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

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Boys Brigade engaging with Church and Community during major sporting event

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The 8th Airdrie Boys’ Brigade report on how they engaged with their Church and their Community during this year's Rugby World Cup 2015.

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Faraday Regional Day Courses

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Would you like to organise a Faraday Regional Day Course in your local area? The Faraday Institute are running a series of regional courses on Science and Religion, discussing some of the historical and current issues in the relationship between science and faith, and consider the ethical, theological and philosophical implications of contemporary science.

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Good Money Week 18 - 24 October

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This week is an opportunity for us take a look at how we handle our finances and to ask whether we could do better. Our conference in Edinburgh two weeks ago took a look at some of the ways we can ensure personal and congregational decisions benefit everyone in our communities.

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Ethical finance experts lead church ‘Good Money Week’ conference

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One of the world's top green investment experts is addressing a free conference on developing an ethical approach to money in Edinburgh next week. Tessa Tennant, who is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of sustainable investment, is the keynote speaker at the 'Good Money Week' conference on Saturday 3rd October. She'll be joined by journalist and author Iona Bain, who created the Young Money Blog which is now one of the UK's top websites covering personal finance for young people. Iona will be talking about the need to improve young people's financial awareness and skills. The Edinburgh event is sponsored by EthicalFutures and Triodos Bank. It's being chaired by Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, who is convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland. Other speakers include Kelly McIntyre from Community Shares Scotland and Eco-Congregation Scotland's Adrian Shaw, who will look at divestment from fossil fuels. Also attending are John Preston, who will talk about The Good Money App, and Sabrina Groschel from the Ecumenical Council on Corporate Responsibility who will discuss Ethical Money Churches. You are invited to attend the conference, where free places are limited to those who have registered beforehand. Read more and watch Tessa and Iona talk about the conference at the Church of Scotland website

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International Credit Union Day Celebrates People Helping People

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On October 15, 2015, credit unions around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day (ICU Day).

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Speak Out 10,000 Voices for Change

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The Church of Scotland is taking a long-term approach to tackling inequality and injustice. Over the next ten years, it will bring about change in some of the most critical issues facing our nation and planet. It wants the people of Scotland to help to set these priorities. Find out how can have your say.

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Good Money App

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The Good Money App equips Christians with reflections, prayers and a whole host of useful tools to enable us to be better stewards of our money wherever you are - in the supermarket, on holiday, grappling with a decision on a loan or thinking about your savings.

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5 key ways modern technology can be used for the benefit of your church

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How can your church recruit new parishioners online and how can you keep your congregation engaged? Priestly Brook has the answer to these questions and more with his 5 top technology tips for churches.

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The Strange Power of Light: Glasgow Presbytery at the Glasgow Science Festival

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'The Strange Power of Light', organised on behalf of Glasgow Presbytery as part of the Glasgow Science Festival, took place on June 5th in Wellington Church in Glasgow. Find out more about how the event went and get ideas on how your presbytery or congregation could get involved with your local science festival.

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Bridging the Digital Divide: The Digital Challenge fund is open for applications 27 July - 4 Sept

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Do you work for or know an organisation that’s helping to develop the basic digital skills of its customers or its own staff ? Find out more about applying for the Digital Challenge Fund.

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Game of Life

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Created for use by church and men’s groups as well as leaders of organisations, the GAME OF LIFE Pack contains all the resources for missional activities around the Rugby World Cup that you and your group will need.  

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Ending funeral poverty: funeral directors challenged to take action

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Has your funeral director signed the Fair Funerals pledge? Down to Earth has been set up to help people on low incomes arrange a funeral they can afford. The Fair Funerals pledge was launched on the 9 June as part of the Fair Funerals campaign to tackle the underlying causes of funeral poverty.

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Moderator welcomes Society Religion and Technology week of prayer

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The Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, today encouraged churches to support the second annual week of prayer for the work of the Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) project.

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Recruiting for Surveillance Group

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Surveillance is not only about spying. It includes, for example, gathering data in schools, at supermarket check-outs, and our own postings of our exercise regime on social media. Dr Eric Stoddart of the School of Divinity at the University in St Andrews is currently recruiting participants for a focus group he will run in June in the Ediburgh area. Are you interested in taking part?

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Riding Lights presents BAKED ALASKA

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Riding Lights Theatre Company is looking for cathedrals, churches and other venues to host their new show for autumn, BAKED ALASKA. Touring to churches across the UK from September 17th to November 22nd, BAKED ALASKA brings stories of the wild and unpredictable effects of climate change from the four corners of the earth. The tour will be in Scotland Tuesday November 17 - Sunday November 22nd.

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City of Edinburgh Methodist Church Credit Union sessions

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Want to get on top of your finances? The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church runs a weekly session on Tuesdays from 1pm - 3pm where people can get information and help about saving and borrowing through a credit union. It is a partnership with an established Edinburgh-based credit union, Capital Credit Union and the sessions are open to all.

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Young Start

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The Big Lottery Fund are running a grant programme called Young Start which aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help realise their potential.

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Credit union formed in fair finance message

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A new credit union has been formed by the Church of Scotland, and other denominations, which aims to show banks and pay day lenders a fairer approach to finance.

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God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith

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God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith Experiencing scientific research first hand brings a sense of awe that enhances faith. This new book by Dr Ruth Bancewicz (Monarch, Jan 2015), a graduate of Edinburgh University, explains how creativity, imagination, beauty, wonder and awe are essential in the life of both a scientist and a Christian. Includes interviews with six working scientists.

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Penicuik North Kirk joins local Credit Union

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Penicuik North Kirk has joined other denominations in the area to take a stand against debt and poverty by joining forces with a local credit union to bring fair and affordable savings, mortgages and loans to church members and the wider community.

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Community Money Advice Scotland: Training Opportunity in West Lothian, 24 Jan

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The next Scottish specific training day will take place in West Lothian on the 24th of January 2015.

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UK-wide church credit union given green light

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Scotland's national church is part of a major UK-wide credit union, given the go-ahead by the financial authorities yesterday.

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Bridging the Digital Divide

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Are there ways in which your church is using the internet to help those in your local community? At the recent Church and Society Conference in Motherwell, we heard about one such project, the Strutherhill Work and IT Community Help (SWITCH) project.

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Steeple Church at the Dundee Science Festival…

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Who says science and faith have nothing to say to each other? The Steeple Church in Dundee arranged a number of successful events as part of the recent Dundee Science Festival.  

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Energy, Climate Change and Fuel Poverty Working Group

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A working group of the Church of Scotland Church & Society Council has begun to examine the issues around Fuel Poverty with the aim of reporting to the 2016 General Assembly.

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Scientists in Congregations: Science and Christianity podcast now available on iTunes

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The podcast includes audio recordings of the James Gregory lectures and Scientists in Congregations Scotland conference papers from people including N.T. Wright, John Webster, Keith Ward, John Wyatt, John Polkinghorne, Denis Alexander, Pauline Rudd, among many others.

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Gambling: A hidden addiction

image Published: Nov 12, 2014

Gambling is very much a hidden addiction which can affect all age groups and which can result in considerable emotional, mental and physical stress to the gambler and his/her significant others.

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Society of Ordained Scientists - Scottish Chapter

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Are you an ordained scientist? Would you be interested in joining the Society of Ordained Scientists - Scottish Chapter?

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Find out about Generations Working Together

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Generations Working Together provides information, delivers support and encourages involvement to benefit all of Scotland’s generations, by working, learning, volunteering and living together.

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Funded collaborative PhD studentship available at School of the Environment, University of Dundee

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Applications are invited for a full-time, three-year PhD studentship to undertake a research project entitled: The place of ‘spirituality’ in street children’s lived experiences: understanding the implications of religious and other spiritual beliefs and practices for growing up on the streets in Africa. The starting date for the PhD is autumn 2014 and the deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 15th August.

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Longitude Prize 2014

image Published: Jun 10, 2014

Read the BBC News article on the Longitude Prize to encourage inventors and scientists to find solutions to six key problems facing the world.

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Pass IT on….

image Published: Jun 05, 2014

Pass IT On is a charity which adapts donated computers for people with disabilities who live in the EH (Edinburgh and Lothians) post code area.

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Recent SRT Project Activity

image Published: Nov 14, 2013

Read about what the SRT Project have been involved in over the last few months and the reports for this year’s General Assembly.

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Your Faith Your Finance

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The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) and Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) have recently launched a your faith your finance website.

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Scientists in Congregations Scotland

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A major new programme that aims to encourage deeper conversations about faith and science within churches in Scotland.

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Christian Women in Science (CWIS)

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This is a new affiliate organization of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) and was launched on July 22, 2013, under the leadership of ASA council member Lynn Billman.

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Scottish Mental Health Week

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This year the Scottish Mental Health Week runs from Monday 7th of October to Sunday 13th of October. How can you get involved?

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Swimming Pigeons: Community well-being and the role of the church

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Read Dr Rob Waller’s review of this facinating new book by Lorna H Murray.

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National Ethical Investment Week in October each year

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Find out more about the Campaign and how you can get involved.

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Would you like to hold a service around science at your church?

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Download the Test of FAITH: Celebrating Creation Service Guide.

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Visit the Eco-Congregation Website!

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Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical movement endorsed by Action of Churches Together in Scotland. Eco-Congregation Scotland is supported by the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church in Scotland and the United Reformed Church . It also receives funding from the Scottish Government, SCIAF and Christian Aid as well as local church congregations and private individuals.

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Check out the new smartphone app from the Faraday Institute

image Published: Feb 20, 2013

The Faraday Institute has launched of its very own smartphone app, making its unparalleled educational resources available to an even wider global community. The Faraday Institute’s news, updates, and interviews are now even easier to access.

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Play the SRT Operation Game!

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The SRT Project helps the Church engage with ethical issues in science. Play the ‘Operation’ Game and find out more about some of these issues.

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Diverse faith communities come together and pledge to tackle stigma

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Eleven Lanarkshire faith communities have become the first in the country to unite together and publicly pledge their commitment to work with ‘see me’, Scotland’s national campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.

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Neurobiology, Free Will and Moral Responsibility

image Published: Apr 25, 2012

View one of the latest reports from the SRT Project!

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Special Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity

image Published: Apr 19, 2012

View one of the latest reports from the SRT Project!

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SRT Project ‘Kinship Bonds’ Working Group

image Published: Mar 07, 2012

The SRT Project is currently running a working group looking at the subject of ‘Kinship Bonds’. The group aims to produce a report for the General Assembly in 2013.

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Darling urges united economic plan

image Published: Aug 25, 2011

The Herald, 25 August 2011: Alistair Darling, the Labour MP for Edinburgh South West comments after giving evidence to the Church of Scotland’s Economics Commission on Wednesday 24 August 2011.

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‘Utter lack of leadership’ in Europe risks fresh slump, says Darling

image Published: Aug 25, 2011

The Scotsman, 25 August 2011: Alistair Darling, the Labour MP for Edinburgh South West comments after giving evidence to the Church of Scotland’s Economics Commission on Wednesday 24 August 2011.

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‘see me’ launches local grants scheme to support communities in fighting stigma

image Published: Jul 26, 2011

‘see me’ is Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.  It is fully funded by the Scottish Government, and owned and run by an alliance of five mental health organisations. Find out more about the Local Grants Scheme and new Equalities Fund and how you can enter your ideas for scheme.

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Dare 2 Hope

image Published: Jun 22, 2011

Cutting Edge Theatre Production Presents: Dare 2 Hope, a play touring schools and venues across Scotland. A new one hour play commissioned by Cutting Edge Theatre Productions and developed with young people in focus groups and workshops. The play is suitable for Secondary Schools, Community Centres, Further Education Centres and Arts Venues. This is the first play in a 5 year programme of educational plays and workshops.

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