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SCPO News - January 2020
Happy New Year!
Meet Your New MP
Following the 2019 General Election last month, SCPO contacted all the new Scottish MPs elected to Westminster to congratulate them on their appointments and introduce them to the Meet Your MP project.
Meet Your MP links congregations to the 59 MPs across Scotland. We want to encourage you to contact your local representative and introduce them to the life of their church.

This could be through:
  • a public meeting
  • inviting your MP to a project your church is hosting
  • asking your MP to a church event
  • organising a community walk in the local area
  • creating space to discuss what's important to you 
The following MPs have responded positively so far to meeting with local church groups:

David Linden MP (Glasgow East), Kenny Macaskill MP (East Lothian), Richard Thomson MP (Gordon), Neil Gray MP (Airdrie and Shotts), Marion Fellows MP (Motherwell and Wishaw), Margaret Ferrier MP (Rutherglen and Hamilton West), Deidre Brock MP (Edinburgh North and Leith), Kirsten Oswald MP (East Renfrewshire), Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk).

Would you like to meet with them? Let us know below.
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Leaving the EU
On Friday 24 January, church leaders across the UK released a joint statement on the UK’s exit from the European Union due to take place on the last day of January. This was accompanied by a letter from Church Leaders addressed to partner churches and church organisations in Europe. Click below to read the statement in full.
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Democracy Matters
The Scottish Government have announced that they plan to continue the Democracy Matters conversations on the future of local decision making from March 2020.
A number of churches took part in the first round of these conversations in October 2018 and SCPO will keep you updated about getting involved again. Click below to read more.
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Current Legislation 
For the latest information on legislation going through the Scottish Parliament click on the link below.
For the latest on legislation going through the UK Parliament please click here.
All petitions in the Scottish Parliament can be viewed here.
All petitions in the UK Parliament can be viewed here.
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Public consultations are published by the Scottish Parliament and by the Scottish Government and include the following:
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Christian Aid Gatherings 2020
Explore how Christian Aid responds to communities in crisis across the world this month.
  • Dundee: Wednesday 19 February 10am - 1pm
  • Dunblane: Thursday 20 February 10am - 1pm
  • Glasgow:  Friday 21 February 10am - 1pm
  • Dumfries: Saturday 22 February 10am- 1pm
Keynote speaker:
Nick Guttmann, Christian Aid Head of
Humanitarian Division
Event highlights:
Just Scripture, Transforming Christian
Aid Week, Climate Justice 2020

Email below for booking and for more information.
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Training on Self Reliant Groups
Become a DIY Self Reliant Group (SRG) with WEvolution
Two Day Training Course
From 12 March at 9:30am - 13 March at 3pm
WEvolution Head Office, Glasgow
£200 per person

DIY SRGs will include training in the start-up of SRGs, working through case studies to understand ongoing group development and drawing a roadmap to get your organisations started on the SRG journey. There are only ten places available so early booking is recommended.

Email below for booking and more information.
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Contact Us
We would like to invite denominations to contribute articles for future monthly newsletters. Please contact SCPO below if this is something that you would be interested in doing. It could relate to an issue that is politically current or tie in with events highlighting a specific cause.

We would also like to encourage groups to share the information enclosed in their newsletters and online – and please let us know if you do!
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