Welcome to inspires online

Welcome to inspires online, the electronic newsletter from the Scottish Episcopal Church, which is produced every two to three weeks. Inspires online highlights news and events from across the Church and from time to time includes news from organisations related to the Scottish Episcopal Church.

There are some significant changes taking place within the Church at the moment, including the end of our quarterly magazine inspires.  Details of the decision to end inspires and other changes are explained in this newsletter.

Change can of course bring a degreee of uncertainty but it also offers great opportunity; not least an opportunity to look at fresh and creative ways of sharing our stories and inspiring others!

If you have news to share or an event to highlight, or any comments you wish to make on this newsletter, please get in touch with me on

Lorna Finley

Director of Communications


Primus responds to announcement to request second referendum on Scottish independence

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says:

“The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is an event with far-reaching consequences, many of which have not yet become visible. In those parts of the United Kingdom which have devolved administrations, particularly in Scotland, the Brexit debate had a slightly different feel. That difference was most clearly seen when the vote in Scotland was in favour of ‘remain’.

“The Scottish Government has announced that it intends to seek permission for a second Independence Referendum. Such a request is not unexpected. It reflects a continuing weakness in the relationship between the Scottish Government and the British Government. They have found it difficult to give creative consideration to the implications of this new situation together. That difficulty reflects a wider failure to make space for a debate about how the developed nations will relate together in the future, but at this moment, refusal on the part of the British Government to allow a second referendum would inevitably give rise to further ill-feeling in relationships.

“Scotland is already a distinct national entity. It is rich in its history and culture. The Brexit debate has revealed that Scotland is also distinct in its values. The ‘independence question’ is an opportunity for a community to discuss and resolve whether its distinctiveness is such that it justifies separate constitutional arrangements and is therefore a question of national self-determination. Beyond that lie wider questions about Scotland’s relationships in the wider world and its future in challenging economic times.

“Faith communities in general have adopted a position of active neutrality in response to this issue. They should exercise care about adopting positions ‘for or against’ on constitutional issues. But faith communities also care deeply about the quality of the national conversation – about the need for all voices to be heard respectfully. It is also important that the debate attempts to do justice to the depth and the complexity of the issues and does not become over-focused on the single issue of constitutional status.

“People of faith will pray for our political leaders on all sides and will also pray for the future of Scotland and of all the nations of the British Isles.”

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inspires magazine comes to an end

Two years ago when inspires magazine was relaunched, the Church’s Information & Communication (I&C) Board set about producing a publication that exemplified the reflective and inspirational aspects of the Scottish Episcopal Church – a magazine worthy of its name.

The relaunch in 2015 marked the magazine’s 10th anniversary and initiated a two year review period in which to assess the viability of inspires magazine as a print production and communication tool.

Having reached the end of the two year review period, the I&C Board considered a cost/benefit analysis of the magazine. It was with great sadness, but with a sense of realism, that the board agreed that it had, finally, reached the point at which inspires was no longer viable as a print publication.

In making its decision the I&C board considered several options but ultimately agreed that it was a head versus heart decision. The heart is tied to inspires as it exists but the head said it is neither sustainable nor the best use of the Church’s time and money in a missional sense, not least in a church of limited resources.

It should be noted, though, that alongside this sadness things do not stand still. The launch of an inspires-style website where content can be brought together more easily and more democratically will allow the public information flow still to happen but also encourage comment and dialogue. The board also discussed possibilities of a shorter (maximum eight A4 pages), less glossy free printed overview of events and comments upon the life of the church to be disseminated to dioceses and charges perhaps two or three times a year. Other options are also being looked at.

We are all very saddened by this decision but we feel that present reality and changing communications culture has brought us inevitably to this point. We are aware of the deficit to those who have limited or no Internet access. However, we cannot be all things to all people and unless conditions change significantly relating to resourcing we at times have to make the hard decisions.

The plan is to produce one final inspires this year, and use this as an introduction to the future online facility. It is hoped that this will be published in early May. We will be contacting current subscribers to the magazine regarding all of this.

The Rev Chris Mayo, Convener, Information & Communication Board 

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Bishop of Brechin announces his retirement

The Right Rev Dr Nigel Peyton has announced that he will retire as Bishop of Brechin on 31 July 2017.

Bishop Nigel was consecrated Bishop of Brechin in St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee in 2011, returning to the Diocese and city where his ministry began in 1976.

In announcing his retirement, Bishop Nigel said, “I shall always be proud and grateful that the Diocese of Brechin has provided the bookends of my 41 years’ ministry. My time here has been a privilege, challenging and rewarding in equal measure. In our city and region, local things matter, and I have enjoyed working with so many good and interesting people”.

Partnering with Church Army, Bishop Nigel pioneered the Dundee Centre of Mission, encouraging outreach initiatives across the diocese under the strategic leadership of a new Diocesan Council. Clergy and lay training have been a priority and he recently inaugurated a new Diocesan Centre at St John the Baptist in Stobswell, Dundee.

As well as exercising oversight and pastoral care of the diocese, Bishop Nigel has engaged in the public affairs of the city and contributed regular articles for the Courier newspaper. He has cleaned the shoes of Dundonians on Maundy Thursday and is Chair of the Trustees of St Margaret’s Home for the Elderly and a Governor of Abertay University. Last December he presented the ‘Time for Reflection’ in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.

In addition to his Diocesan role Bishop Nigel has been actively involved in the work provincial Boards and Committees, including the Personnel Committee. He is a member of the Faith & Order Board, represents the College of Bishops on the Information & Communication Board, and chaired the steering group that designed the Cascade Process for discussions across the Church on same sex relationships and marriage. Bishop Nigel also represented the College of Bishops on the Board of Mission to Seafarers Scotland.

Bishop Nigel was ordained in Dundee in 1976, serving as Chaplain of St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee and Priest in Charge of Invergowrie, leading successful youth clubs at each church. He was also a Chaplain at Ninewells and Liff Hospitals.

In 1985 he moved south with his young family, serving in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, firstly as Vicar of All Saints Nottingham, a tough inner city parish, then as Diocesan Development Ministry Adviser and from 1999 as Archdeacon of Newark and Canon of Southwell Minster. He was a member of General Synod of the Church of England 1995-2010 and a director of Ecclesiastical Insurance 2005-2012.

In 2013, together with Professor Caroline Gatrell, he published Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy reporting his research interviews with English parish clergy.

Bishop Nigel and Anne are looking forward to retirement near Lincoln, closer to children and grandchildren, and enabling him to, “once again become a season ticket holder at my beloved and infuriating Nottingham Forest Football Club”.

Farewells to Bishop Nigel will take place over the last weekend in June. The process to elect a new Bishop of Brechin begins with the preparation of a description of the Diocese and its aspirations. Once a bishop retires or resigns, the Bishopric (or See) becomes vacant. The process for finding and electing a new bishop normally takes about six months. It involves initially the preparation of a short-list of candidates and then an election by representatives of the Diocese in question. The process begins within 21 days of the vacancy arising, by the Primus issuing a Mandate for an election. Details of the vacancy process can be read here

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College of Bishops

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says:

“We have had a period of remarkable continuity in the membership of the College of Bishops. I believe that we have used that period well. Our strong collegiality has helped our church to address some challenging issues – the development of the Whole Church Mission and Ministry Policy and the establishment of the Scottish Episcopal Institute as our training resource for clergy and Lay Readers. We have also responded to the Anglican Covenant and moved forward in consideration of possible changes to our Canon on Marriage while working hard to sustain the unity of our church.

“But inevitably the end of that period of continuity brings us into a new phase of leadership change. New leadership will refresh the life of our church, recognising the next set of challenges and bringing fresh insights.

“The sequence of events will probably look like this:

“As my own retirement takes effect, a new Primus will be elected by the members of the College of Bishops from among their own number at the end of June.

“Meanwhile the Episcopal Election for the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney is proceeding. The Preparatory Committee will shortly re-advertise for nominations and the exacting timetable set out under Canon 4 leads us to expect the election of a new bishop by midsummer.

“Bishop Gregor is recovering well from his recent illness and hopes to be able to return to work during the next few months.

“Episcopal Elections in the Diocese of St Andrews and the Diocese of Brechin will begin in late summer and should be complete in early 2018.

“This will of course be a demanding period but those with longer memories will know that it is not exceptional. The dioceses which for a period are without a bishop will be cared for in each case by their Dean working with an interim Bishop provided by the College of Bishops. The new Primus will preside over the Episcopal Elections but Canon 4 does make provision for another member of the College to preside if that becomes necessary.

“Above all it is a time for prayer for our church. The discernment of new leadership is a spiritual trust and we should pray for all who are involved. It is also an opportunity, through the discernment of new leadership, to explore the calling of our dioceses and of the Scottish Episcopal Church.”

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Scottish Episcopal Institute launches new Journal

The new Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal is an outreach of the Scottish Episcopal Institute. The Journal highlights the thinking of clergy and laity on living lives of holiness and service as Episcopalians in Scotland in the twenty-first century. The Scottish Episcopal Church has a breadth and depth of theological acumen, liturgical expression, pastoral life and ministerial experience. The Journal hopes to share these riches in its new quarterly, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal. Please see its first issue here.

The Journal – electronic and free to all – welcomes previously unpublished contributions from those who write to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Scottish Episcopal Institute hopes the Journal will be a catalyst for prayer, thought and reflection at the heart of the Scottish Episcopal Church. For details on submitting an article or book review, please look here. For more information, please contact the Rev Dr Michael Hull by email or call 0131 225 6357.

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Christian Aid Diamond Awards

This year, Christian Aid will mark 60 years of Christian Aid Week, the annual fundraising week that wouldn’t be possible without the incredible dedication of its supporters.

Every May supporters take the streets – for door-to-door collections, bake sales, sponsored walks, abseils, among many other events – to raise money to support people around the world living in poverty.

Without this continuous support year on year, that unites over 20,000 churches UK-wide, Christian Aid would not be able to provide security and comfort for refugees around the world, advocating for policies that protect them and helping them find a safe place to call home.

As Christian Aid celebrates the annual fundraising week’s Diamond celebration, they are also celebrating the amazing people who make it happen.

They are inviting people to nominate a Diamond this Christian Aid Week. Do you know someone who never fails to post those red envelopes through every letterbox in your village every May? Or someone who has raised a staggering amount to help people in need? Is your local school dedicated to sharing the message of Christian Aid? Or maybe your Christian Aid group never fails to fundraise for an emergency appeal?

Let Christian Aid know those supporters who you think deserve special recognition. You can nominate people in categories including Long-term Supporters, Super Organisers, Working Together and Schools. Nominations close on 17 March. Visit for more information.

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Emmaus House Retreats Programme

Emmaus House in Edinburgh are offering a range of retreats throughout 2017 . Details: Emmaus Retreats poster 2017 or contact the Rev Andrew Bain at

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The Rev Reginald Ames died on 4 February 2017. 1927. Curate at St Alphege, Edmonton from 1954 to 1957 and then at John Keble, Mill Hill from 1957 to 1961, he served initially as Priest-in-Charge at St Edmund the King, Northwood Hills in the Diocese of London from 1961 to 1964 and then as Vicar from 1964 to 1992. Following his retirement, he served as Honorary Priest at St John the Evangelist, Moffat from 1992-2001 and held a Warrant in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway from 1992 to 2017. He was 89. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.

The Rev Roy Anetts was appointed as Rector of St James the Great, Cupar and St Mary, Ladybank on 24 February 2017.

The Rev Kate Gibson was licensed as Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew, Brechin on 25 February 2017.

The Rev Sister Clare Lockhart installed as Honorary Canon in St John’s Cathedral, Oban
During the Argyll & The Isles Diocesan Synod Eucharist, the Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Argyll & The Isles installed the Rev Sister Clare Lockhart as an Honorary Canon in St John’s Cathedral, Oban. Bishop Kevin spoke about the significant impact Sister Clare has had on the spiritual life of the Diocese and the wider Church, not just in her role of leading retreats and spiritual refreshment at the Carmel Community near Stornoway but in her involvement with congregations across the diocese and in Curacy training.

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Thy Kingdom Come

Many people will be aware that last year the Archbishops of Canterbury and York encouraged a specific prayer initiative Between Ascension and Pentecost.

This year the Archbishop of Canterbury has invited all provinces of the Anglican Communion to join together in the initiative.

The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church has responded positively to the invitation and encourages our congregations across Scotland to become involved in whatever way seems appropriate.

A dedicated website has been created, which contains a variety of ideas on how to participate, whether as churches or as individuals, as well as the opportunity specifically to confirm involvement in this initiative.

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Mothers Union in Scotland

The spring edition of the Mothers Union (MU) bi-annual Scottish E News is now available . Scottish E News March 2017. This edition focuses on working in Partnership in Scotland and highlights Domestic Abuse, Glasgow and Galloway support families with premature babies, the elderly and the homeless, Study guide launch on domestic abuse. If anyone wants to be added to the mailing list, please contact

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse

The Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse launched their new website on 8 March to recognise International Women’s Day.



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My Ark for Nature

My Ark for Nature is an exhibition of Scottish wildlife art by Jonathan Sainsbury, a collaboration between artist and St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Jonathan, a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, built the Ark as a wooden display space for the inaugural BBC Countryfile Live Event, to make the point that wildlife art, in celebrating Nature, is an aspect of conservation. This understanding of the wonder of Nature and human responsibility towards it, brings Jonathan and the Cathedral together. The Ark will be installed in the Lady Chapel at the Cathedral  and open to the public from 2-7 June.

The Ark shows originals, prints and cards for sale, with a percentage going to Cathedral funds. Jonathan offers a glimpse behind the scenes into a wildlife art studio where visitors can watch him drawing and painting, ask him questions, share their own stories about Nature and take away free materials from conservation charities.

Groups are welcome and there is ramped access into the exhibition space.
For enquiries, please contact organiser Kate Sainsbury on 01764 67901 or 07515 709179 or email

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Rector, St James the Less, Bishopbriggs

We are an open, welcoming and inclusive church, located in the town of Bishopbriggs. We have created a sense of family within the congregation and are looking for a full time Rector who will help us reach out to the wider community and our ecumenical links.

We are seeking a Rector with good leadership and pastoral skills and who is prepared to work collaboratively with us. Someone who can nurture and release the talents and abilities within our congregation to enable us to maintain our witness and encourage us to take our faith into the community.

We are offering standard stipend and housing.

The appointment will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Scotland.
Closing date for applications is 31 March 2017.
Interviews are anticipated to be in the week beginning 8 May 2017.

Further information including the Congregational Profile and Application form can be obtained from the Vestry Secretary – Mrs W Petrie –  email
Scottish Charity Number SC023292



Cafe Supervisor , St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness

An opportunity for someone with experience of working in a cafe and looking for a supervisory job, the post will include supervising volunteers, working with a high quality menu of local produce (where possible) and offering a high level of customer service. The post holder must hold health and hygiene qualifications and be prepared to take responsibility for this and health and safety and be able to do stock control and pricing, ordering, basic account keeping and any other appropriate task.

The post holder should be sympathetic to the ethos of the Cathedral.

It is hoped that the post holder will be enthusiastic, hard working and will embrace this opportunity. It is anticipated that other posts will be available through the Community Job Scotland Scheme and therefore a PVG will be a requirement of the post holder.

This post is for 30 hours per week, will be seasonal in the first instance from March/ April to end of October 2017. Overtime may be available as required by the job and in consultation with the Line Manager.

Salary: £1,125.00/month

Further details and to how to apply are available here 




Digital Communications Co-ordinator (part-time)

The Scottish Episcopal Church seeks to appoint a part-time Digital Communications Co-ordinator (15 hours per week) initially for one year. The role involves working with the Director of Communications in the co-ordination, development and delivery of all digital communication and to assess and identify social media opportunities.

The normal place of work will be the post-holder’s home but attendance at meetings at the General Synod Office will be required from time to time as will attendance at the annual meeting of the General Synod.

Candidates applying for the post will have:

• Experience in the use of information and communications technology and commonly used IT applications, including WordPress and Mailchimp and experience of using a range of social media channels within a professional environment
• An ability to take initiative and work independently within agreed parameters.
• Good self-management, decision making, and organisational skills
• A logical, systematic and innovative approach to challenges and opportunities

Application pack available from:

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 31 March 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 25 April 2017, in Edinburgh



Rector, St Paul and St John the Evangelist, Monklands

Based in Airdrie, the single church of St Paul and St John the Evangelist serves the spiritual needs of two towns and the surrounding villages. This post-industrial community faces unique social challenges, and we require an exceptional preacher to give them sustenance and hope.

Initially joining us for five years, you will enjoy use of a comfortable four bedroom rectory in the heart of Monklands, close to rail routes and the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Our Episcopalian community has existed since 1840 and has delivered support and pastoral care to local residents through periods of profound change. Your faith, vision and charity will take us into the future, ensuring that everyone enjoys the right to share in the word of God.
If you believe that you can lead the way in spiritual regeneration and develop ecumenical links with Christians of all denominations, please get in touch for an informal discussion or application form. Please note that you will need to be a car driver and will require a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Scotland.
Please contact the Vestry Secretary, Mr Geoff Sage, 2 Greystones, Easter Moffat, Plains, Airdrie ML6 8NP.
Tel: 01236 843219. Email:

Closing date: Monday, 10th April 2017.
Interview date to be confirmed.

Registered Scottish Charity SCO 06732



West Highland Centre of Mission – Church Army & Diocese of Argyll and The Isles

Church Army & Diocese of Argyll and The Isles are seeking to recruit a leader for the West Highland Centre of Mission.

Come and lead this exciting partnership between the Scottish Episcopal Church and Church Army. In one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, you will confidently lead and develop the existing church community to establish the Church Army Centre of Mission.

With the existing ministry teams and the help of a Pioneer Evangelist you will grow and resource the inherited church community to meet the needs of those who do not currently attend church, creating new mission and evangelism opportunities, throughout the region, including ‘Fresh Expressions’.

The work will be enabled by the Diocesan ‘Vision for Mission’ process and Church Army’s DARE strategy:
◦Doing evangelism ◦Advocating evangelism ◦Resourcing evangelism ◦Enabling evangelism.

You will be an ordained Anglican priest (or ordained in a church in full communion with the SEC) with a proven track record in team building and evangelism. You will be enthusiastic and energetic with a passion to see people find faith in Christ.

Fully supported by the Diocese and Church Army, you will help the church in the West Highlands work towards a sustainable vision for mission and church growth.

Closing date: 13th March 2017
Interviews provisionally: 28th/29th March 2017
Full profile and application pack on



Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

The Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rt Rev Dr John Armes, is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified clergy who wish to be considered for the post of Provost of the Cathedral. At this stage informal conversations only are taking place. A more formal process will begin in March.

Please contact the Bishop of Edinburgh in confidence:;  phone 0131 538 7044; or write to the bishop at 21a Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 5EL.



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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