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World Mission Update
4 June 2021
COP26, Christian Aid and the Church
As we continue to keep COP26 on our radar, the Church of Scotland's Faith Impact Forum and Christian Aid Scotland are co-hosting an event on 10 June from 10am-12pm. We are delighted to have Martin Johnstone, Chair of Christian Aid Scotland and the Ambassador for Glasgow Churches Together COP26 group, share with us why he thinks COP26 is an important moment for churches and people of faith to engage with.

We will also have two Church of Scotland mission partners, Joel Hafvenstein from Nepal, and Gary Brough with his colleague Jacob Nkambule from Malawi, joining us to share the effects of climate change in their respective areas and what they are doing to mitigate these. It will be good to hear their message to us as well.
To register, please email who will send you the Zoom link on the day before the event. This is an open meeting so please feel free to pass on the information to others who may wish to join us.
Situation in Myanmar
In the past week, our friends in the Presbyterian Church in Myanmar reported that a 20-year-old student was shot and killed by the military in Mindat, Chin State. In Kalay, a motorcycle mechanic, Ko Min Min (39), was arrested by the military and less than 24 hours later his family was told to come and collect his body. There was evidence that he had been badly beaten and tortured.
This week, The Guardian newspaper interviewed Dr Sasa, a spokesman for the parallel National Unity Government set up by pro-democracy politicians following the coup on 1 February. Dr Sasa, a Christian from Chin State and a former Special Envoy to the United Nations, warned that Myanmar is on the verge of a new civil war as communities increasingly take up arms to protect themselves from a relentless campaign of military violence.
Read the full story
Faith Impact Forum at the General Assembly
The General Assembly has backed the Faith Impact Forum's vision for a "just and green future", which will see the Forum frame upcoming work around this theme. In a year when Scotland will host the COP26 UN Climate Conference, the Assembly passed ambitious deliverances including proposals for how the Church could work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
In a pre-recorded speech, Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum, stated that the Church's role to proactively campaign around these issues follows the path laid out by Jesus.

"Jesus did not come into this world for a few only; but that all might be saved - all know they are loved - and all might be set free," she said.
"That call has led to the Forum framing its work around the concept of a just and green future where everything is seen through the lens of God's love for the world in its entirety.

"The vision is of a society and world in which every person is valued and respected and where the planet too is seen as precious and to be protected."
Read more about the Faith Impact Forum Report
Haining Park unveiled
A new street has been named in honour of a Church of Scotland missionary who died in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Haining Park near Loanhead in Midlothian recognises the courage and sacrifice of Jane Haining who refused to abandon Jewish girls in her care during the Holocaust.
Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum of the Church of Scotland, said: “We are delighted that Haining Park in Loanhead has been named after Jane Haining who showed tremendous courage in the face of intolerable evil during a dark period of history."
Find out more
Vaccine Thanksgiving Gift
Lord Wallace, Moderator of the General Assembly, announced support for a Christian Aid initiative to ensure access to basic items such as food and water and aid for people in developing countries while they wait to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The Moderator urged members of the Church of Scotland to give generously.

Lord Wallace says: "As well as advocating for a just vaccine rollout, we wish to support Christian Aid’s work with vulnerable communities, helping to limit the impact of the virus on health, livelihoods, and personal safety.

“By providing basics such as soap, water and food, we can ensure that vulnerable communities stay safer as they wait for vaccination.

"I sincerely hope that you will join with me and together we will respond as a mark of our gratitude for what we have received."
Find out more and support the initiative
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. The Rev John Probhudan Hira is Synod Secretary, Church of Bangladesh and Principal of St Andrew's Theological College, Dhaka. He attended last week’s General Assembly as one of our overseas delegates. Read his Coronavirus Diary.

Mission Partners: Our mission partners write quarterly updates about life and work in their particular situation and share with us all that they are involved in. Read more about our partners.
Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) was set up by the Church of Scotland over 50 years ago to examine the ethical and social implications of new technology. We ask that you pray for SRT during the second week in June each year. In support of the forthcoming SRT Week of Prayer, we are very grateful to Rev Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University and former SRT Committee Member for preparing the Weekly Worship materials for 6 June, on behalf of SRT. Download the Weekly Worship materials.

Trinity College Glasgow COP26 Course: Trinity College Glasgow is excited to announce the launch of their new free seven-week countdown to the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) course running from 15 September-27 October 2021, from 7-9pm BST. Open to churches and church groups across the UK and Ireland, 'Faith, Hope and Climate Change' is not to be missed. Join in to gather online and respond to climate change through a weekly series of collective worship, educational talks, and innovative workshops. Registration opens on Monday 14 June. Get further details.  

Sanctuary Sunday: Our Sanctuary Sunday resources are now live including a pre-recorded service on YouTube which is provided in a flexible format for you to use in your setting as you see fit. The objective of the church services on 20 June is to celebrate the contributions of refugees and asylum seekers across Scotland, and lift those who have had to flee their homes to God in prayer. The contributions to the Church of Scotland Weekly Worship material for 20 June have all been written by people who have personal, lived experience of having to flee their home country and finding refuge in Scotland, or of people with lived experience of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers in their congregations and communities.

Read Sabeel's, a Christian liberation theology organisation based in Jerusalem, wave of prayer here.
COP26, the UN's climate change summit, which was to take place in the UK in November 2020, remains on target to take place on the rescheduled dates of 1-12 November 2021. Join this month's prayer chain to pray for climate justice.
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