PRESS RELEASE – 23 April 2021
Glasgow Churches Prepare for COP26
Glasgow Churches Together – the ecumenical forum for churches in Glasgow – has appointed Rev Dr Martin Johnstone to be their COP26 Ambassador. He will work with member churches, ecumenical organisations, civil society groups and the Scottish and UK governments to seek transformational outcomes from the COP26 Summit which comes to Glasgow in November of this year.
Rev Chris Foxon, Chair of GCT said: “We are delighted to announce this appointment of someone well known across Scotland’s churches and civil society groups for his record of commitment and advocacy on social issues. Martin has worked at a senior level on Church and Society issues for the Church of Scotland and has worked on an ecumenical and interfaith basis with Faith In Community Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission. We believe he will have a crucial role in helping churches to play our part in COP26 as we welcome the world to Glasgow. We are grateful to ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) for the financial support which has made this appointment possible.”
Martin Johnstone commented “I am humbled to be asked to take on this role. Our churches, alongside many others, have a vital role to play in ensuring that those who will make planet-defining decisions in Glasgow this November know that they must be bold and courageous. As well as calling for change, as followers of Jesus we must demonstrate that change both in what we do in the months leading up to COP26 and in the decades following it.”
Stephen Curran – Eco-Congregation Scotland firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Dr Doug Gay – Chair of GCT COP26 Group
Glasgow Churches Together was formed in 1988 as part of the Glasgow Garden Festival celebrations, and continues as an ecumenical forum and focus for joint activities.
GCT works closely with denominations, congregations and local ecumenical groups within the City of Glasgow and in adjoining areas within the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Glasgow and/or the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow.