Monthly Archives: January 2016

The rains came down and the floods went up …

Flooding on river
To say the least, 2016 has seen a bit of a rough start. Between Storm Frank and the worst floods in over 30 years, our small villages in Aberdeenshire have all been seriously affected. Road closures, sink holes, houses and schools damaged; the dramatic water levels have brought pain, fear and tears to a large number of families across our community.

Seeing the waters literally cover your village is an unbelievable sight. Our car parks and play areas disappeared for a few hours... read more

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Putting the ‘Fun’ Back into ‘Fundraising’

Anti-Sectarianism r

Intro – Up in the Air:

I’m on a plane, returning from visiting a fabulous project just outside London. The trip was made possible by a Go For It Research Grant, and phenomenally cheap Ryan Air flights. During this excursion, I’ve been able to consider important questions such as: how do you sleep whilst sitting upright without cracking your head on the seat in front, or dribbling on a stranger’s shoulder? Fortunately, I have been considering more useful questions too... read more

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The Power of Prayer

On 25 April 2015, Dr Aileen McLeod launched the Climate Justice Baton at the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering. At that event, I said/promised that the Baton would get to Paris in time for the UN Framework on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) of the Parties, known as COP21. COP21 was to be the twenty-first Conference, where the heads of government, negotiators and decision-makers would work to find an agreement on climate justice. In 2015 there would be 190 nations in Paris... read more

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