Off to have lunch today with someone that I got to know a few years back when I was involved in the management of the Scottish Churches Open College degree programme. It was one of the most innovative and interesting theological training programmes I’ve ever known about. The loss of that institution still rankles with me a bit. The collapse of the institution indicated that a number of the Scottish denominations were really not interested in doing business with one another at all. It all made me discover that ecumenism is worth what you invest in it.

The college itself should have been the embodiment of the Lima principle – that the churches will do nothing alone that they could not do better together. However, it was not to be. 

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