Today we had a Graduation Ceremony for our students in TISEC – Theological Institute for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
To provide some continuity, I turned up wearing the Pectoral Cross which was left to our diocese by Bishop Kenneth Woollcombe, former Bishop of Oxford, who became Principal of Coates Hall in the mid-60’s. I remember him well when I was a student in Oxford – one of the best preachers I ever heard.
TISEC is a remarkable organisation. It provides training of high quality for the great diversity of people who prepare for ministry in the SEC. It does that on a model which is partly resourced at the centre and partly devolved to the dioceses. So a great many people are involved in the training process – and the commitment and personal sacrifice involved on the part of those who are the students are remarkable.