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Confirmation of Hazel and Ruth #pisky

I was in St Mary’s, Dunblane, last Sunday for the Confirmation of Hazel and Ruth. Our generation of bishops has been supportive of Confirmation – believing that catechesis is a core activity of the church. I do believe that baptism … Continue reading

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Institution at Cupar and Ladybank

Yesterday was a special evening for our congregations in St James the Great, Cupar, and St Mary’s, Ladybank. As happens all too often, the congregations have had a long wait for a new Rector – but as the arrival of … Continue reading

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Poppy – faithful friend #pisky

It doesn’t surprise me that people want to talk about the spirituality of pets.  At the remarkable age of 21, Poppy our Brown Burmese cat decided to pre-empt my retirement by staging her own.  She leaves a big space in … Continue reading

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The rocker beckons #pisky

It’s been a day both ordinary and extraordinary. We made the announcement that I shall retire in the summer and, overnight, I wrote to our clergy to explain. ‘How do I feel about that?’ people ask. Well the period between … Continue reading

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Church Leaders meet the First Minister #pisky

Earlier this month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with 11 Church Leaders and Representatives to discuss some of the issues facing Scotland today. The Scottish Episcopal Church was represented by the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunked … Continue reading

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SOLD #pisky

I found myself in a panel discussion on Thursday at the showing of this film in St Andrews.  The event was promoted by Childreach It’s the story of a young Nepalese girl who is – so easily – persuaded to … Continue reading

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The Koran reading in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow #pisky #anglican

I made this statement yesterday: “The Scottish Episcopal Church has had a long commitment to the development of interfaith work. Over many years, we have sought to develop friendship, understanding and mutual respect between our Christian faith and the other … Continue reading

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Lost Idyll

Here at Blogstead na Mara in Donegal we have seven volumes of Arthur Ransome on the bookshelf – Swallows and Amazons of course but also some of the others like Peter Duck and Winter Holiday.  The obvious absentee is the … Continue reading

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Talking about Brexit. #pisky

I went today to a ’round table’ on Brexit hosted by the Church of England at Lambeth Palace.  They had gathered up a significant group of church leaders from all over the UK for a conversation with Lord Bridges of … Continue reading

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A Thought for the Day on the Berlin tragedy #pisky

GOOD MORNING night’s tragic events in Berlin – whether the action of a single individual or the work of a terrorist group – certainly cause terror. It’s the currency of these horrific events that they happen with complete unpredictability – dominating … Continue reading

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