COP26 – a summary of events

Dear Friends

Please find below a summary of the events around COP26 that have been drawn to our attention and that you may want to join:

Loving Earth – caring for the world we love, Textile Art Exhibition for COP26, Gorbals Parish Church, Sat 30th October – Sunday 14th November

50 panels of the Loving Earth Project will be on display at Gorbals Parish Church in Glasgow from 30 October to 14 November. There will also be LEP workshops on 30 October and 7 November.

Volunteers are very, very welcome! If you would like to help “staff” the exhibition, please get in touch with Jo Love on [email protected]

More information and opening times can be found here:  LOVING EARTH - Gorbals exhibition. and on the website here. Gorbals Parish Church, 1 Errol Gardens, Glasgow G5 0RA

Evening service from Iona Abbey ahead of COP26 starting at 21.00 GMT

On Wednesday 27th October we will be live-streaming the evening service from Iona Abbey at 21:00 GMT.

You are invited to join guests and staff for a special service ahead of COP26 which is taking place during a week led by John Bell of the Wild Goose Resource Group. Please register in advance using this link. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the worship.

Register in advance for this meeting.

COP26 Prayer and Meditation Vigil, Sunday 31st October, George Square, Glasgow.

Join Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow, with the Scottish Religious Leaders Forum for this vigil ‘to express your love for life on earth and your hope for radical action from our leaders.’ Join in person, or via a livestream.

Wild Goose Prayer Vigil for COP26 led by John Bell and Jo Love, Glasgow Cathedral,  Thursday 4th November 7-8pm. 

John Bell and Jo Love are co-leading this event organised by Glasgow Churches Together. Prayer and song from across the world as we worship in keeping with the art installation ‘I will learn to sit with you and I will learn to listen’ devised by Peter and Heidi Gardner for COP26. Glasgow Cathedral, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0QZ. More information here.

Big Sing, Saturday 6th November, 14:00, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

Join the Iona Community in person or online, singing songs of climate justice and solidarity at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 6th November at 14:00 GMT wherever you are in the world. We will sing to raise awareness of the situation and call for change. We will sing to stand together with each other in hope. “Hope is an active word!”

The zoom room will be open from 13:45. The texts of the songs will be shared on zoom for everybody to join in around the world and in Scotland.

Zoom link: 

Meeting ID: 818 2059 1214

March under the Iona Community banner for Climate Justice, Saturday 6th November.

On Saturday 6th November (right in the middle of COP26) there will be a global rally for climate justice. A Peoples’ March will start at Kelvingrove Park at 11.30 am and end up at Glasgow Green for a rally at 15:00. The Iona Community, marching under our own banner, will join the Faiths and Beliefs Bloc. There will be similar mass mobilisation marches worldwide at this time.

To march under the Iona Community banner, meet at
11am – Wellington Church of Scotland, 77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow G12 8LE.

Please register in advance and read the information here. 


March & Wee Sing on Saturday 6 November 1.45pm

Meet at the jetty at 1.45pm to march in solidarity for climate justice on the COP26 Day of Action.

Songs of protest, lament and hope for climate justice at the Oran Chapel at 2pm.

Daily COP26 Blog by Kathy Galloway.

“I am planning to write a short daily blog from Glasgow during the ten days of COP26. I have three visitors staying with me through Human Hotel, who are involved in different civic society climate justice activities. I am attending several events, and will be walking around the city from my home near the city centre, and getting news from various places. I thought people far from Glasgow might be interested in some local colour and on the spot reporting. The plan is to post it on the Iona Community website.”

Kathy Galloway

The Time Is Now: Christian Aid & Friends from Glasgow Cathedral, Mon, 8th November, 7pm-8:30pm.

As the world gathers in Glasgow for COP26, join Christian Aid as we gather for music, prayer and inspiration to work together for a world of climate justice. With addresses from Dr Rowan Williams, the Young Christian Climate Network, Dr Robert Beckford, young climate activists from Uganda, John Bell and more, plus a special performance from The Kingdom Choir, join us, online or in-person at Glasgow Cathedral, Castle Street, Glasgow, G4 0QZ,  in this special event as we stand together with the global community to ensure global leaders respond urgently to the global climate emergency. Sign up to attend online or in person here.

11:11 A WORLDWIDE CEREMONY FOR THE EARTH, November 11th, 11:00-12:00 local time

On this 11th hour, we invite everyone to join in an hour of silence, prayer, meditation or ceremony to help humankind solve the crisis.

Very soon the 26th Climate Conference will start and the eyes of the whole world will be on Glasgow. As scientists, politicians and activists will talk and debate about practical solutions, we felt it necessary to bring another element in: the voice of the heart. We have set out to create one hour of silence and ceremony of november 11th, from 11 – 12 AM; to quiet the mind, listen to the heart and hear the message of the earth itself. 

As this climate Conference is taking part in Scotland, we feel it is important to tune in to the ancient wisdom of the north. At mount Schiehallion, the middle point of Scotland, we will come together with a group of people to focus on the ‘Sacred middle’, the silence in the chaos, the voice of the Unknown. Thousands of people around the world will join during this moment of 11:11, in support of and in addition to the Climate Conference in Glasgow. Further information can be found on the website here and on their facebook page here

Ton van der Kroon and Anne Wislez

COP26 Faith-based events.

For a full list of services, hospitality requests, marches, workshops, talks, briefings, films, Big Sings, prayer vigils and resources, have a look here:  COP26 - Faith based events.

Glasgow Churches hosting Taizé prayer and meditation.

Between 8th and 12th November there will be many opportunities to pray and sing with Brothers from the Taizé community in France. See here for all details

Vigil for COP26, Southwark Cathedral, Tue 23rd October, 2pm-3:45pm

There will be a group of Iona folk leading a singing workshop @ Southwark Cathedral for an afternoon prayer vigil in preparation for COP26. It is taking place on 23rd October.

The details (including Eventbrite booking for a free place) is here.  Pat Livingstone has written a series of songs for this event. Iona people are meeting for a picnic @ 12 before the event. Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA.

Glasgow Churches Together COP26 Hub.

Glasgow City Centre Salvation Army will be home to a welcome and information hub for Glasgow Churches Together during the COP26 climate conference. Visit at Glasgow City Centre Salvation Army, 1 Houldsworth Street, Glasgow G3 8ED

The intention is for the building to be open 8am to 8pm as much as possible during COP26. Information of faith-based organisations and activities throughout COP26 can be shared there along with a warm welcome to the city. We are also keen to offer a welcome there for pilgrims and other visitors arriving in the city before COP26 in the last few days of October.

The Salvation Army has a community cafe onsite called The Beacon Cafe which is ordinarily open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with a good and very reasonable menu.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in the Cafe after receiving appropriate training in food safety and hygiene. This offers an excellent chance to learn new skills. Please contact Scott directly if you or others are interested in joining the friendly and supportive Salvation Army team of volunteers for this at: [email protected]  0141 226 2459

Muslims in UK & Ireland Unite in call for COP26 Climate Action.

Joint statement by national Muslim organisations in the United Kingdom & Ireland. In the first- move of its kind, Muslims across the UK and Ireland have issued a united rallying call for world leaders to act decisively on the climate crisis. The statement has been signed by 8 of the main national Muslim organisations in the UK and Ireland which represent a large number of the countries’ combined 2.7 million Muslim population. Read the full statement here: COP26 Muslim Statement

Looking for Musicians – any instrument/voice is welcome. – Pat Livingstone

I have written and recorded short musical outros for the ends of the online Iona liturgy. I  am now turning my attention to Advent and Christmas and am wondering if there are any musicians who would be interested in playing for short pieces ?  Any instrument/voice is welcome. The turnaround time will be fairly tight. I will write a piece, make a backing track and ask you to record your instrumental line at home and send it to me for mixing. Recording can be done via a microphone or via phone/tablet.”  

For more information please contact Pat Livingstone directly at [email protected]

Iona Singing Workshop, Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA. 

“On 23rd October 3 members of ORAN (Iona Musicians) and 9 Iona London Members and Associates led singing workshops of new songs around the urgent environment issues.  It was a good event with about 300 people quietly reflectively praying and taking part in the final liturgy”

Pat Livingstone 






RCCGlasgow is a pop-up exhibition running in parallel with the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021.

Iona Community Member Gerry Taylor-Aiken is one of the organisers.  For further details

Christian Aid, Catch up on COP

Our friends at Christian Aid have written a short blog from their perspective about COP26 so far – both the official negotiations and the fringe events.  You can read it here.

As COP 26 begins to draw to a close, we are happy to bring you our Special COP26 Edition of the Scottish Anti-Poverty Review, which you can read here
Themed on the crucial and often complex relationship between achieving climate justice and social justice, this edition features contributions from, among others, Francis Stuart (STUC), Sara Cowan (SWBG), Frazer Scott (EAS), and Prof Karen Turner & Jamie Stewart (Centre of Energy Policy).  
You can also read previous editions of the Scottish Anti-Poverty Review here.

Best wishes,

Neil Cowan
Policy and Campaigns Manager
The Poverty Alliance
94 Hope Street
Glasgow G2 6PH

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