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World Mission Update
3 September 2020
Fun Day for members of the Refugee Integration Programme
The Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees (SFAR) programme, as part of their Edinburgh Weekend Club, had a fun outing to Edinburgh Zoo. The programme gives an opportunity for people to learn about different cultures and traditions and to practise speaking English. The club also gives opportunities for new friendships to develop between refugee families, asylum seekers and volunteers. This is one of a number of events hosted by SFAR which is a multifaith programme hosted by the Church of Scotland. 
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Resilience & Renewal: Faith in the HIV response
Following on from the Virtual World AIDS Conference, the HIV Interfaith Conference, 'Resilience & Renewal: faith in the HIV response' will take place virtually on 22-24 September 2020.

This will provide a space for sharing, capacity building and advocacy among people of faith involved in HIV and AIDS, as well as an opportunity for dialogue and to identify joint actions to address some of the challenges and emerging issues to the achievements of the 2020 and 2030 HIV-related targets.

See the full programme here.

Registration and participation are free of charge.
Register here
A Prayer for Creation Time
"Tread lightly!"
says God.

(Who, having made the world,
still dreams
and sings
of lovely justice,
glimpsed and yet to come
for all good creatures:
- life we share.)

"Love me, my love:
express in your embrace
of flesh and blood,
of sky and soil,
the care, esteem, and courage
that lovers need to see the dark days through.

Come to me as a swim in the autumn sea:
for I will carry, uphold, and refresh you,
even when you’re out of your depth.

Though, without respect and awe
for God, the Earth, Yourself, together,
you will have chosen danger;
you will have built on sand;
you will have trampled fledgling life;
and burned, polluting, sacrifice
which was not yours to offer
on the altar of the Earth.

But there is beauty yet:
And Christ’s forgiveness, sharing:
hope that needs not wait to hope,
and steps to take right now, before day’s end.
Yes, there are songs to sing on journeys travelling lightly,
for we tread on dreams of God.
So be it.
Amen.

(Acknowledging ‘The cloths of heaven' by W.B Yeats).

Find more worship resources here
Calendar of Events and Opportunities
Coronavirus Diaries: The Life and Work feature, Coronavirus Diaries, focusing on the situation of one of our overseas partners, is published each Wednesday. This week, Sandra Reis reports from Portugal where she is General Secretary of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal.

On Wednesday 16 September at 6pm, join a webinar conversation with two Palestinian Christian leaders, Rifat Kassis and the Rev Munther Isaac, as they discuss the current reality, the situation for Palestinian Christians, and the recently-issued 'Cry for Hope', a letter to the world calling for attention and action to challenge injustice and to seek change. Register here.

Eco-congregation launches resources for Creation Time.

SRT: Jesus and the Natural World. In this continuing series, Andrew Torrance explains why the Church is called to proclaim that the natural world is not its own independent reality.

'Climate Justice and Inequality in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic' - a conversation between Mary Robinson and Kumi Naidoo. Thursday 10 September at 11am. Register on the event page.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland issued a statement on racial justice.

COP26, the UN's climate change summit, which was to take place in the UK in November 2020, has been postponed until further notice. Join this month's prayer chain to pray for climate justice
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