February 2010: news

The February 2010 edition of Inspires Online has now been published.

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The content of the first issue can be seen below:

Welcome to Inspires Online

From the editor:

Dear Friend

Welcome to Inspires Online, the new newsletter from the Scottish Episcopal Church. This publication is intended to supplement the printed magazine of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Inspires. The printed magazine will now come out quarterly and will continue to contain articles reflecting the life of the church. Inspires Online, which you are reading now, will be used to publish news that is more time sensitive and items which lend themselves to an online e-newsletter format.

I hope you will find the new publication helpful. If you have content for consideration in the next edition, please send them either to me or to Lorna Finley, the Communications Officer. Both our e-mail addresses are listed at the end of this e-mail, along with details of how to provide feedback.

Best regards


Convener of the Information and Communication Board

Gregor Duncan is Bishop-Elect for Glasgow & Galloway

The Very Rev Dr Gregor Duncan, Rector of St Ninian’s Church, Pollokshields and Dean of the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway was elected the new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, following the retirement last year of the Rt Rev Dr Idris Jones, who had served the diocese as Bishop for 11 years. On hearing the news of his election Gregor said ”I am deeply honoured to be given this responsibility by the electors of the diocese and I commit myself wholeheartedly to this new office.”

The election of the new bishop was carried out by an Electoral Synod (comprising representatives of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway) and was chaired by the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, who says “I am delighted to welcome Dean Gregor Duncan as the next Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway.  He has faithfully served the Scottish Episcopal Church and the clergy and people of Glasgow and Galloway for many years.  He is widely respected and admired for his faithful pastoral care and the strength of his spirituality.  I am delighted that he has now been chosen by the Electoral Synod to serve as bishop of this Diocese.” A service of consecration of the new Bishop will take place in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow.

As the Rev Canon Dr Alison Peden was on the short-list for the election (the first woman to do so) the election received a high level of media interest – with coverage on all BBC Radio stations and television news; Sky news, Scottish Television news and almost all national and wide-spread international press.

New provost for Dundee

The Rev Jeremy Auld is now the new Provost of the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dundee. Jeremy holds degrees in Law and Theology and is the Convener of the Committee on Canons.

In welcoming Jeremy to the diocese, the Bishop of Brechin, the Rt Rev Dr John Mantle, said “I am thrilled that Jeremy was appointed Provost.   He brings considerable experience and skills to this post and has the advantage of being educated and trained in Scotland.”

Transfer of St Serf’s care home

The long term future of St Serf’s has been secured through an agreed transfer of St Serf’s Care Home to St Serf’s Care Home Limited, a subsidiary company of Acre Care Homes Limited.  Acre Care Homes Limited is a family business owned and run by Fergus and Jenny Thain. It also operates Arberglen Care Home in Hamilton which is registered to provide care for 22 older residents.  The agreement which has been reached is conditional upon the Care Commission granting registration to the new St Serf’s Company to allow it to take over the operation and management of St Serf’s. It is hoped that this will happen in early 2010.

The House Committee is pleased that this period of uncertainty has nearly ended and that a new suitable care provider has been found to provide the continued care and support to the residents at St Serf’s.

Quicklinks – Around the Blogs

EMU agreement signed by church leaders

A unique partnership between the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in Scotland was sealed by Church Leaders at a special service on Saturday 23 January at St Ninian’s Episcopal Cathedral, Perth.

In signing the agreement, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church said “I am delighted to take part in the signing of this Agreement. Our General Synod has whole-heartedly affirmed and welcomed this developing relationship with our partner churches.

“Many relations of this kind are aspirational in character.  What makes this relationship so encouraging is that it is rooted in work which we already share in training and mission development. We look forward to a further sharing of resources and ministry as together we address the mission challenges of our times.”
Joining Bishop David in the signing of the Agreement was the Rev Lily Twist, Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland and Rev John Humphreys, Moderator of the United Reformed Church, National Synod of Scotland.

The new partnership will enable closer working at all levels of the churches, sharing of resources and education and development opportunities for clergy and congregations. It will continue to strengthen the way Christian churches work with one another across Scotland.

Rural Futures: Being the Rural Church in 2025

Following the successful Rural Futures Conference in Edinburgh last  December two further events are now planned:

A Rural Commission Conference will take place on Saturday 20th February in Inverness 10.30am – 4pm. The subjects to be covered are: Liturgy, Church Structures, Information Technology and Training for Rural Ministry

The Rural Church Working in Partnership Conference will take place on Saturday 13th March in the Acorn Centre, Inverurie 10.30am-4pm. The subjects to be covered are: Climate change, Housing, Poverty and health issues, Business, Community activity and Pilgrimage.

Full details from Rev Professor David Atkinson – atkinson390@btinternet.com or 01224 791163

Quicklinks – Around the Dioceses

Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney challenges makers of Buckfast

The Rt Rev Dr Bob Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney, contributed to the BBC One programme BBC Scotland Investigates: The Buckfast Code and has received wide-spread media coverage in his challenge to the monks of Buckfast Abbey to consider the  social consequences of the seriously damaging effects of  Buckfast Tonic Wine, saying “it has got a very high caffeine content. That means when too much is drunk the effect can cause a high level of over-excited anger. The combination of alcohol with caffeine stimulant is a powerful cocktail and in the case of Buckfast Tonic Wine is a major factor behind many a violent scene in Scotland’s towns and cities.

“It saddens me that a Christian organisation is supporting a product that contributes to the misery to our nation. I very much doubt if St Benedict, the founder of the monastic rule of life to which the monks of Buckfast Abbey are committed, would approve.”

New Year Honour

Lady Caroline Douglas Home (Vestry Secretary and Treasurer at St Mary and All Souls Coldstream and Trustee of the Scottish Episcopal Church was awarded  an MBE for voluntary service to British Red Cross & Macmillan Cancer Support in the Scottish Borders.

New Mothers’ Union Provincial President

The new Provincial President of the Mothers’ Union, Hilary Moran will be commissioned along with other MU leaders at a special service in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow on 13 February 2010 at 11 am.

Solas Festival Announced

A new festival has been announced to take place at Wiston, near Biggar from 25-27 June 2010.

From the Solas Website:

Solas is an independent festival, made in Scotland, with the support and co-operation of partner organisations Greenbelt and Christian Aid Scotland.

Solas – an all-age weekend to light up the Scottish festival landscape with a vivid mix of music, debate, theatre, comedy, film and visual art – a unique location to celebrate and question our commitments to art, faith and justice within Scotland’s cultural life.

Provincial Youth Network Weekend

There is a Provincial Youth Network gathering in Pitlochry for the weekend beginning 5 February 2010 advertised on the Aberdeen and Orkney diocesan website.

Inspires Questionnaire and Feedback

The last printed edition of Inspires included a questionnaire which has generated a large amount of feedback which the I and C board is yet to consider. One point which was raised was that it would have been helpful to have been able to fill this questionnaire in online. This is now possible at the following page: http://inspires.org.uk/inspires-questionnaire/

Feedback relating to this publication may be submitted by going to this form. Alternatively, comments, discussion and constructive criticism can be left on this post on the inspires online website. All comments are moderated and commenters are requested to use their real names when commenting.

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