Eco Action


Mayfield Salisbury Church Eco Group was formed in 2018 as the congregation, individually and collectively, take seriously our responsibilities in caring for the planet and wish to take an increasingly active role in response to growing concerns about the climate crisis.

We have been considering issues of climate change in three, overlapping, areas:  personal, local and national/global.

Activities to date include:

6 October 2019 We marked our “Creation Sunday” with an evening lecture on the Climate Crisis by David Gorman, the Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, chaired by Elizabeth Bomberg, Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Edinburgh (and a member of Mayfield Salisbury’s congregation and Eco Group)

23 February 2020 We held an Eco Sunday when we launched:

A “Pledge Tree” for members of the congregation - young and old - to clothe our tree with leaves, each leaf representing a commitment to make a change – big or small – to reduce his/her carbon footprint

A weekly Eco Tip for the congregation to help individuals take actions for a greener future. These Eco Tips can be found here. hyperlink to full list

7 March 2020 “Think Global, Act Local” A workshop on where David Bethune, co-ordinator for Eco Congregation Scotland and Adam McVey, the Leader of Edinburgh City Council addressed a packed hall.

Our wide remit includes:

  • Ethical consumers. We consider ethical consumer issues. For example we drew attention to concern about chocolate and encourage purchase of products free from palm oil. Ethical consumer webpage on chocolate
  • Christian Aid. We support the work of Christian Aid, for whom a particular concern is the adverse effect climate change is already having on poorer communities around the world.  Christian Aid Climate page
  • Equipment Sharing Scheme. As a contribution to ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’, we are compiling a register of household equipment tools etc which are infrequently used and can be shared with others in the congregation. Equipment Sharing Scheme page
  • Eco-friendly recipes. Practical ways to eat greener. Jean and Jan’s recipes coming soon.
  • Reading list. With increasing interest and concern for environmental issues, there are many books and links available.   Although this list is, therefore, in no way comprehensive, here are some suggestions which are recommended by the Eco Group.   Reading list

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved, or want to hear more, or suggest topics we might pursue, please contact Marjory Grant, the leader of Mayfield Salisbury Eco Group, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We have an active WhatsApp group sharing information including television programmes, publications or zoom/webinar events If you would like to join this Eco chat group, contact Alastair MacGilchrist on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


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    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

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    Thomas Norris

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    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.

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    Thomas Mann

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    Mother Teresa

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    Gene Robinson

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    R.S. Thomas

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    St Gregory of Nyssa

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    Martin Luther

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