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Building Up #pisky

The development of our clergy and all involved in ministry has been very important these last few years.  We have study days and training sessions.  We provide ‘buddies’ for new arrivals.  We have Peer Supervision Groups where clergy and lay … Continue reading

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15-30 Mbps!

Anybody who lives rural Scotland has to get used to dreadful broadband speeds.  Here at Blogstead, we have just over 1 Mbps.  We are literally at the end of the copper wire line from the exchange at Kinrossie.  It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Up the Glen

Our little church in Ballintuim is one of the beauties of our diocese.  Up to Bridge of Cally from Blairgowrie – carefully avoiding the weekend bikers who seem determined to risk life and limb on these beautiful roads which are … Continue reading

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Nice.  #pisky #anglican

I wrote this statement for the SEC website yesterday: The heartfelt thoughts and prayers of people in Scotland and all over the world are with the people of Nice and France today. Once again it has been demonstrated that ruthless … Continue reading

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Look at the petrol prices …   #pisky

It is one of the delightful ironies of Ireland that here on the northern edge of Donegal we are to the north of most of Northern Ireland – yet are in the Irish Republic.  The reason for that is simple. … Continue reading

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The Somme  #pisky #anglican

‘There were four cottages over there.  The telegraph boy came to every single one of them’ That was said to me in the course of an everyday pastoral call in my parish in Portadown.  The Somme remains very real to … Continue reading

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Same Sex Marriage – where are we now  #pisky #anglican

I felt that many people on all sides of the debate went home from our General Synod with some contentment about what we had done. Some came up to me quietly at the end to say that they appreciated the … Continue reading

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A Thought for a momentous Day #pisky

It so happened that I was due to give a Thought for the Day this morning on BBC Scotland. So this is what I said: So now we know. There is some sense of an end point. But this leave … Continue reading

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Reporting on the Primates Meeting #pisky

This is the Report which I gave on the Primates Meeting 2016 at our General Synod last week. This was an important moment – and one of those points at which one attempts to deliver at least two messages which … Continue reading

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Being here before #pisky

I went to Stirling University this morning for a lecture by Professor Eugenio Biagini of Cambridge University who was speaking about my grandfather, Canon Ernest Bateman. It is a very strange thing to find people making a study of your … Continue reading

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