Inspires Online

Welcome to inspires online - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Inspires online highlights news and events from across the Church and also includes news from organisations related to the Church.

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Three candidates short-listed in vacancy for new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway

Three candidates have been short-listed for election to the office of Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, following the retirement of the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan in October 2018, having served the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway as Bishop since 2010.

The three candidates have been selected by a Preparatory Committee consisting of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway and across the wider Scottish Episcopal Church. The next stage in the election process is a meeting of each of the candidates with an Electoral Synod (representatives of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway only). That meeting will take place on Saturday 9 March with the election of the new Bishop on Saturday 16 March

The candidates are:

The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow.

The Rev Dr Michael Paterson, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice, consultant in spiritual care for NHS Education for Scotland and assisting priest at St Margaret's, Rosyth.

The Rev Canon Dr Scott Robertson, Rector of St Margaret of Scotland Church, Newlands, Glasgow.

Commenting on this stage of the process, Acting Bishop during the episcopal vacancy the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I thank members of the Preparatory Committee for the work they have done and am delighted that three candidates are being nominated to the Electoral Synod. We hope that the discernment in the Electoral Synod will enable them to elect a new bishop who will lead the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway in its future ministry and mission, and ask that we hold each of the candidates and the Diocese in our prayers during this process.”
Investment Consultation

The Investment Committee is responsible for the administration of the SEC Unit Trust Pool (‘UTP’). This includes setting the investment strategy and liaising with professional fund managers regarding its implementation. In order to provide greater flexibility and cost efficiencies, the Committee wishes to make changes to the strategy which would have implications for the SEC’s Ethical Investment Policy. The Committee is aware that that there will be a range of views throughout the SEC in relation to the proposed change and recognises that the issue should be discussed by General Synod later this year. To help inform both the Committee’s thinking on the issue and General Synod’s discussion of it the Committee is seeking views on its proposals. It has circulated information to vestries and others within the SEC providing more information about the proposed change and inviting comment on it. The Committee is grateful to those who have responded so far and would welcome contributions from any members of the SEC. More information regarding the proposed change and a link to the online survey can be found on the SEC website at

Responses should be submitted using the online survey by 15 February 2019.
A statement by the Primus for Holocaust Memorial Day

Every year the events of the Holocaust are marked on 27th January. The year the Primus, the Most Rev Mark Strange, offers the following statement:

"Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. With it falling on a Sunday this year I hope that across the world those who will be in Church will find a moment to reflect upon both the horrors of the Holocaust and also the causes of a racism that to the murder of over six million Jewish people across Europe.

"Such evil happens when we stop seeing the whole of the people of Gods’ good earth as equal, and all as God’s children; when we allow others to tell us that one race, one colour, one faith is better and purer than another; when we listen and begin to exclude; when we build walls and refuse to help those in need.

"It is then that such horror can begin to grow. Jewish communities often refer to the Holocaust as ‘The Shoah’, an ancient Hebrew word meaning ‘utter destruction’. From the seeds of racist thinking, the utter destruction of a people was systematically and industrially brought to fruition.

"We must work to ensure those seeds are not watered and fed by those with agendas that do not serve the well-being of all God’s children.

"My faith tells me that it is good to care for others, to turn my cheek and to walk with those in distress. I also believe that we are called to challenge anti-Semitism, and all forms of racism, whenever and wherever it is found, for we cannot remain silent ever again."
Glenalmond Provincial Youth Camp 2019

The Youth Week happens each year when young people and leaders from all over Scotland gather together for a week of fellowship, worship, activities, sports and evening events. It’s a fun-filled holiday week with a difference – there’s plenty of time to relax, make good friends and generally have a great week!

The Youth Week is open to anyone in secondary education up to, and including July 2019; also, those under 18 years old who have left full-time education. You must be sponsored by your local Scottish Episcopal Church congregation.

More information and the consent forms can be found on the website here.
Christian and Muslim NGOs call for prayer for world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ in Yemen

Christian Aid asks us to join in prayer for Yemen:

A prayer for Yemen

Giver of Life,  
Who hears the cries from Yemen;
of mothers choosing between medicine or food,
of parents grieving children lost to starvation,
of those who have given up everything in hunger.
Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace

In your mercy,
Break political deadlocks, 
Soften hardened hearts, 
Change closed minds, 
Open unhearing ears.
Let people come before power 
Let life be holy again 
Let your justice and peace  
Shape the nation of Yemen 
And the lives of all people


Further information is available here.
Hope in the Rural Church

A one-Day Conference is being organised by the ACTS Scottish Churches Rural Group (SCRG) and to be held on 1 May 2019 at St Matthew’s Church of Scotland Church, Tay Street, Perth PH1 5LQ.

The conference will be based around the three major themes of the 2018 Report, “Hopes for Growth”, “Fresh Expressions” and “Church in Community”. The conference will open with a scene setting plenary lecture followed by questions to the speaker. The following two sessions will be built around the format of a series of shorter presentations followed by round table and plenary discussion with a panel made up of the speakers.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit this page: or email the Rev Prof David Atkinson on

Pisky.Scot is the online magazine of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It was launched in June 2017 when the printed inspires magazine came to an end.

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Facebook page for The Primus news and statements from the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church please see this Facebook page which will post regular updates of Bishop Mark’s activities in Scotland and throughout the Anglican Communion.

You can follow Bishop Mark's Facebook page here.
News from the Scottish Episcopal Institute

The February edition of the Scottish Episcopal Institute (SEI) Newsletter can be downloaded here.

The Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal

The Winter 2018/19 volume of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal is now available online here.

The Winter issue’s focus is the episcopacy. The Rev Canon David Jasper, Convener of the Doctrine Committee of the Faith and Order Board and Professor Emeritus of Theology and Literature (University of Glasgow) has co-ordinated it.
Faith in Older People

For the latest news and articles from Faith in Older People see their website here.


Rev Simon Cake will be appointed Lead Evangelist at St Cuthbert, Hawick, St John the Evangelist, Selkirk and St Peter, Galashiels on 23 March 2018

Rev Canon Dr Bertie Harold Guy Collie died on 20 January 2019 aged 90. He was an Honorary Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity, Ayr with St Oswald's, Maybole 1977-84 and Honorary Assistant Priest, St John's, Girvan with St Oswald's, Maybole 1984-2004. He was Diocesan Supernumerary 1991-99 and was installed as Canon in the Diocese Glasgow & Galloway 1996. He held a warrant in the Dioceses of Glasgow & Galloway 1999-2018. He was Provincial Director, Cursillo 2003-05

Rev David de Verny will resign as Priest-in-Charge at Church of The Holy Rood, Carnoustie on 3 March 2019

Rev Giles Dove will resign as Chaplain at Chapel of The Holy Trinity, Glenalmond College on 17 February 2019

Rev Michael Last was installed as Canon at St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness on 3 February 2019

Rev Dr Iain Macritchie was installed as Canon at St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness on 3 February 2019

Rev Elizabeth O'Ryan will resign as Associate Priest at St Augustine, Dumbarton and St Mungo, Alexandria on 24 February 2019. She will be appointed Rector at Holy Trinity, Haddington on 12 March 2019

Rev David Railton will be appointed Rector at Holy Trinity, Dunoon and St Paul, Isle of Bute on 27 April 2019

Rev David Warnes retired as Team Priest at St Martin of Tours, Edinburgh on 31 January 2019


Provincial Director of Ordinands

Chaplain, Glenalmond College, Perthshire

Rector, Holy Trinity & St Barnabas, Paisley; Church of the Good Shepherd, Hillington
2019 Christian Aid Gatherings

A series of Christian Aid (CA) Gatherings is being arranged where Christian Aid supporters can come together to learn more about the themes that Christian Aid work on, and also get small practical examples of how people can give, act and pray year round with them. The keynote speaker at all venues will be Jeanne Kamara, the head of the Christian Aid team in Sierra Leone, who will talk about the diverse nature of CA’s work in that area, and will explain how the team there dealt with Ebola.

The Gatherings are open to all and will take place at the following venues (10am - 1pm):
  • Tuesday 26 February: St. John's Episcopal Church, Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ
  • Wednesday 27 February: Holburn West Church, 9 Ashley Park Drive, Aberdeen, AB10 6RY
  • Thursday 28 February: Inshes Church of Scotland, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness, IV2 3TW
  • Friday 1 March: Wheatley House, 25 Cochrane Street, Glasgow, G1 1HL

Across the Dioceses

For news of activities and events across the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, check out the diocesan websites:

Aberdeen & Orkney
Argyll & The Isles
Glasgow & Galloway
Moray, Ross & Caithness
St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane
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