"Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling."
St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral is an Eco-Cathedral. We stand in awe of God's glorious creation, and we are dedicated to being responsible stewards of this creation: to caring for our local environmental, to acting for environmental justice, and recognising and reacting to the climate emergency.
St Mary's Cathedral is an Eco-Congregation, having received a Silver Award from Eco-Congregation Scotland in 2020. This is in response to our work to do a number of things.
Curated by Jonathan Baxter, A+E asks: how might the Cathedral become an ecological commons for the city and how might that shape a social and ecological art practice? To that end, we are working collaboratively with a wide range of partners including artists, peer-educators, environmentalists, and the Cathedral’s eco-congregation group.
The Cathedral Grounds
The Cathedral has extensive grounds, which are many things to many people. They are a green place of calm and rest, in the middle of the busy West End of Edinburgh; a space for play for the many children and young people who go the Cathedral or the nursery in the grounds; a place for prayer, especially in our garden of remembrance; and a place where we put into practice our commitment to ecological issues.
Declaration of a Climate Emergency
In 2022, St Mary's Cathedral publically acknowledged the truth that we are living in a climate emergency, and only radical action from all, individuals and organisations, can safeguard...