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.

It is good to hear from our readers so please do get in touch with either Lorna Finley, Director of Communications  at or Aidan Strange, Digital Communications Co-ordinator at

New Year's Message from The Primus

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church gives his Christmastide and New Year reflection on light shining in the darkness.

See the video here.
Festive family fall out? Time to cherish all your relatives, even the ones who ruined Christmas

The Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney writes in the Press & Journal about the days that follow Christmas.

Read the article here.
Episcopal Election - Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway

The Preparatory Committee preparing for the Episcopal Election in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway will meet on Saturday 12 January. Please continue to hold them in prayer. The Committee hopes to complete its work by 4 February. The result of that work will be announced on 5 February when it is expected that there will be a list of names of short-listed candidates that will then be presented to the electors of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway at a preliminary meeting on 9 March, with the election of the new Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway on 16 March.
Recognition of Service

Maureen O'Neill, Director of Faith in Older People in the Diocese of Edinburgh, was awarded an OBE for services to older people and to voluntary organisations in the New Year Honours List for 2019.
Investment Consultation

The Investment Committee is responsible for the administration of the Scottish Episcopal Church (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 will shortly be contacting vestries and others within the SEC providing more information about the proposed change and inviting comment on it. The Committee would welcome contributions from any members of the SEC. The information, including a link to the online survey, will shortly be made available on the SEC website here.
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 January 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 Journal is a vehicle for debate on current issues in the Anglican Communion and beyond. It invites dialogue on what it means to think as an Episcopalian in Scotland in the twenty-first century.

The Scottish Episcopal Institute hopes the Journal to be a catalyst for prayer and theological reflection at the heart of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

The Journal – peer-reviewed, electronic and free-of-cost – welcomes previously unpublished contributions. Each issue of the Journal is in two sections: Articles of 2,000 to 5,000 words (including citations) that offer a focused contribution to the life of the church on any level (allowing for articles beyond 5,000 words to appear in parts); and Book Reviews of 500 to 1,500 words that appraise and discuss contemporary theological, liturgical, pastoral and ministerial works.

For further information please contact the Rev Dr Michael Hull, Director of Studies for the Scottish Episcopal Institute, at


Rev Samantha Ferguson resigned as Rector at St John the Evangelist, Pittenweem and St Michael and All Angels, Elie on 31 December 2018 and has taken up the post as Chaplain at St Andrews University, St Andrews.

Rev Ruth Green will resign as Rector at St David of Scotland, Edinburgh on 16 January 2019 and will be appointed Priest-in-Charge at St James, Aberdeen on 17 January 2019.

Rev Eliska Fiona Jo Mulliner will be appointed Rector at St Saviour, Bridge of Allan on 16 February 2019.


Rev Canon Peter Allen died on 25 December 2018 aged 84. He served as Curate at St Mary Magdalene & Holy Cross, Coventry 1962-65. He was Curate at Church of the Advent and Episcopal Chaplain at North East University, Boston 1965-66, and then Chaplain and Tutor at Jesus College, Cambridge 1966-72. He served as Chaplain at King's School, Canterbury and as Minor Canon at Canterbury Cathedral 1972-87. He was Senior Chaplain at Sedbergh School, Cumbria 1987-93 and Priest-in-Charge at St Ninian's, Edinburgh 1993-2006. He was installed Canon at the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Edinburgh 1994-2010. He was Tutor at Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church 1994-2001 and Chaplain at Edinburgh Academy 1999-2007. He served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Fettes College 2002-12. He retired in 2006. He was installed as Honorary Canon at the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Edinburgh 2010 and held a commission in the Diocese of Edinburgh 2006-17 and warrant 2017-18.

Prebendary Jonathan Eades died on 28 December 2018 aged 67. He served as Chaplain at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee 1977-88 and at Dundee University 1979-88. He was Team Vicar for Leek and Meerbrook 1988-96 and Rural Dean for Leek 1993-96. He served as Vicar for Wolstanton 1996-2008 and then served as Priest-in-Charge for Ashley and Mucklestone and as Curate for Broughton with Croxton & Cotes Heath with Standon 2008-09. He was Rector for Ashley and Mucklestone and Broughtoin and Croxton 2009-16 and was Prebendary at Lichfield Cathedral 2008-16. He retired in 2016.

Rev Ronald Thorpe Fleming died on 15 December 2018 aged 89. He served in Barbados 1956-61. He was Assistant Curate at Delaval 1961-64 and Vicar for Cambois 1964-69. He served as Vicar for Scremerston 1969-81 and Vicar for Longhirst 1981-84. He was Chaplain for North Tyneside Health Authority 1984-94. He retired in 1994. During his retirement he served as Honorary Assistant Curate at St John the Evangelist, Forres 2004-08 and held a warrant in the Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness 2006-18.

Professor John Starr died on 8 December 2018 aged 58. He served as Lay Reader at St Columba, Bathgate in the Diocese of Edinburgh.


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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Provincial Youth Committee Enabler

Rector, St James the Great, Dollar
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
The Church in Medieval Scotland

Dr John Davies, convener of the Liturgy Committee will deliver a talk on The Church in Medieval Scotland at St Aidan's, Clarkston on Mondays 4, 11, 18 and 25 February at 7pm.

Dr Davies is a fellow of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow.

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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