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Signing Off

When I say that I am taking a blogbreak, I usually don’t Like when I say ‘more tomorrow’, there usually isn’t But my real ‘end of term’ was the Royal Garden Party today. And it’s now four weeks in Donegal … Continue reading

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Bang!!

I spent this afternoon on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle for the firing of the 21 gun salute which marks the arrival of the Queen in Scotland. The view is remarkable – I never tire of admiring Edinburgh. I had … Continue reading

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Ordinations

Yesterday’s Petertide Ordinations in our Cathedral – Gerry Dillon and Diana Hall with the Rectors with whom they will serve, Revd Thomas Brauer of Central Fife Group and Revd Professor Trevor Hart of St Andrews, St Andrews, and our Dean, … Continue reading

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Glenalmond Commem

Commemoration Day at Glenalmond College always gives me that ‘end of term’ feeling. It’s really Speech Day – with Mark Beaumont as the Guest of Honour. And it’s Leavers’s Day. I once described it as Hogwarts meets Glyndbourne – Range … Continue reading

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Grafting at ABI

On Tuesday, we marked the launch of a Church Graft in the ABI [Aberdour, Burntisland and Inverkeithing] group of congregations with the Introduction of Revd Dean Norby as Priest in Charge. At the beginning of the Service, I said that … Continue reading

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More from Shetland

The visit to Shetland was to join in the 150th Anniversary of our congregation at St Magnus on Lerwick. Anniversaries of churches are wonderful moments and I enjoyed this one. This is part of what I said: Many of you … Continue reading

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Simmer Dim

We are in Shetland for the 150th Anniversary of our St Magnus’ Church and we have been enjoying a day or two looking around with Bishop Bob and Liz. It is of course mid-summer night here – sunset is nominally … Continue reading

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Ordination Retreat

Straight from General Synod to the Society of St Francis at Alnmouth to join our Candidate Deacons on their pre-ordination retreat. I have a very soft spot for the Franciscans because their house in Belfast was just round the corner … Continue reading

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General Synod 2014

Here are two pieces of material from General Synod 2014. First my Primus’ Charge which was delivered in the opening Eucharist I offered this statement to Synod at the end of the session on Human Sexuality.

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Rekindling

Kindling gets a mention in the Prayer of Thanksgiving in our 1982 Eucharist – and not a bad thing in Pentecost as well. So we had a morning with clergy colleagues in Perth Presbytery looking at how we experience ministry, … Continue reading

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