Some things do seem to come round more and more quickly – and this is my ninth Clergy Conference
Several years ago now, we decided that this is an investment in the collegiality of our clergy. So we are in a comfortable hotel in Kinross. And we are taking a break from the directness of what we do. The theme is ‘Ministry in the Market Place’ and we are into ‘Encountering the Holy Other In film, photography, painting and music’. I am constantly amazed by how much people know about how many things
Clergy Conference is also a moment at which we are particularly aware of changes among our clergy group. These last few years we have been having gaps due to retirement, illness and difficulties in ministry. It’s serious – this year it is about 25% of the total but I am very hopeful that it will look much better by this time next year.