News from around the Scottish Episcopal Church – March 2015

United Lent Appeal

The College of Bishops has launched a Lent Appeal to raise funds for the Scottish Episcopal Institute, the new body that is the successor to the troubled Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Lent Appeal is to raise funds to enable full-time training for younger ordinands.

The following prayer has been published by the bishops to go along with the appeal:

Almighty God, giver of all good things,
you showed your love for us by giving us your only Son:
help us to show our love for you.
Grant us this Lent
the vision to see where you are at work in the world,
the courage to join in that mission
and the desire to give
in support of those seeking to train
within the Scottish Episcopal Institute.
In the power of the Spirit
we make our prayer
through Jesus Christ
our Lord.

There are no details yet as to how full-time ordinands will be funded for in subsequent years if this appeal is successful.

Visit of the Bishop of Zanzibar


The Bishop of Zanzibar, the Rt Rev Michael Hafisd has been visiting the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles. Details of his visit are available on the diocesan website. There are more detailed reports and pictures in the Diocesan Newsletter.

New Diocesan Council in Brechin

The Diocese of Brechin is to consider proposals to establish a new Diocesan Council which would replace their current Administration Board and Mission and Ministry Board. Full details are available in their Diocesan Synod Papers.

Lectured by the Rev Anne Dyer – forward notice

The Rev Anne Dyer is giving four lectures looking at the use of the female form to depict and carry ideals of virtue and vice in the Christian tradition. Dates – 28 May, 4 June, 18 June, 25 June. Time – 2 – 4 pm. Location – Royal Overseas League, Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Scottish Episcopal Church Provincial Youth Week

The Glenalmond week this year will be 2 August 2015 to 8 August 2015

Details here:

The Buzz

Earth Hour

This year’s Earth Hour where people are asked to dim lights and use less power to highlight climate change issues takes place on 28 March 2015. Details of how churches can get involved are available from the Eco Congregation Website.


  • The Rev Canon John Lindsay retires as Rector of St Adrian’s Gullane and St Baldred’s, North Berwick on 1 March 2015
  • The Rev Chucks Iwuagu has moved from St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow to take up a post in Haslemere near Guildford. (Farewell sermon here)







Silence is Golden

Forum on Silence from St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow on Vimeo.

Somehow I managed to forget to publish this video on the blog but it is worth taking a look. It came from a forum conversation that I had with the Vice Provost, Cedric Blakey the other week.

The point of this was to have a public chat about the way Cedric prays. One of the odd things about church is that individuals very rarely talk about their own personal spirituality and I was grateful to Cedric for being so open to having this discussion.

We talk about this and also about:

  • whether God dictates answers to us
  • how breathing is integral to prayer
  • how to teach someone to pray
  • if you fall asleep whilst doing breathing exercises is that a sign of it working?
  • do single people need to spend time in silence?
  • how silence is golden.

The video is a fairly short forum conversation – just 20 minutes.