PAGE 1 The EDGE News of the Diocese of Edinburgh June 2006 Volume 10 Number 5 Text Version Index Bishop’s Letter Page 2 Gazette Page 3 Fare Well to Mark Page 4 Around the Diocese Pages 4 - 5 Other Diocesan News Page 6 Retirement of Warden of Readers Page 7 Robin Chapel Page 7 Appreciation - Mary Harrison Page 8 - 10 New religious Broadcasting post Page 10 All the ADS Pages 11 - 13 EDGE notices Page 14 PAGE 2 Seeing the Wider Picture Bishop Brian’s Letter As I write this letter I find my mind oscillating between two related issues. This morning’s reading in the lectionary has been of Elijah’s encounter with God. God was not to be found in the wind, nor in the fire but in the “still small voice”. As I type away, I am also aware that tomorrow I will be going to Perth to share in the Ecumenical Gathering “Seeds of Hope”. In talk of both the “still small voice”, and in talk of “seeds” there is present the idea that God is to be discerned in undramatic events and in the little things of life. If we only look for signs of him in the dramatic and large events around us, we can miss what is to be discerned among the littler things. But I also find my mind being moved to the other end of the spectrum. I have just finished reading Richard Koch and Chris Smith’s book “Suicide of the West” - a book which among other things calls on the Church to recover confidence in what the Christian faith contributes to our society. The book offers a positive, but critical evaluation. Koch and Smith argue that much of what we value in our society will begin to wither and die once we begin to lose confidence in the roots we have in the Christian religion. To lose confidence in the Christian faith is to lose confidence in one of the fundamental pillars of our society. Such is not to deny the importance of strong inter-faith living being part of our society, but it is to assert that our particular attitudes here have been shaped within a Christian tradition. And so one oscillates. One oscillates between talk of keeping alert to the fact that our God operates within, and is concerned with the smallest of things, and talk of us needing a major recovery of confidence to see the Christian religion as one of the major pillars of our society, neglect of which may cause us all lasting damage. At the same time I had noticed that a new television series has begun picking up the growing interest in the Scottish influence on the eighteenth century Enlightenment, showing that within the (then) little city of Edinburgh seeds were germinating which would grow to change the world’s perspective in such matters as economics, philosophy, geology, medicine and engineering. Little things can have major consequences. The Annual Report of the Scottish Episcopal Church, given to our General Synod this month, showed that overall communicant numbers and attendance numbers were up on the previous year, both in this Diocese and across the Province as a whole. All this must be built upon, and my belief is that we must, from quite small things, build up our confidence in the faith we have inherited, and from that confidence be open to any growth that God grants to us, and any calling he issues to us. Our calling as individuals and congregations must be to gain a confident understanding of the faith we have inherited, to appreciate the diverse facets within our tradition, and learn the value of the variety of ways we are each called to respond to God within that tradition. Within the Diocese we are seeking to mount various opportunities both for learning and for the exploration of vocation through our Ministries Development Service. Let me commend all that work to you, and encourage participation in it as a new programme of events begins after the summer. +Brian PAGE 3 Gazette Appointments The Revd Andrew John Bain Priest in Charge (part time) St Ninian‟s, Comely Bank, Edinburgh w.e.f. 28 June 2006. Previously Rector, Holy Trinity, Haddington. The Revd Philip Vincent Blackledge Priest in Charge St Peter‟s, Linlithgow and St Columba‟s, Bathgate w.e.f. 21 June 2006. previously Chaplain St Mary‟s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Commissions The Revd Thomas Coupar Part time Chaplain the Robin Chapel, Thistle Foundation w.e.f. 19 April 2006. The Revd Margaret Raven Christ Church, Morningside, Edinburgh w.e.f. 6 February 2006. The Revd Alison C W Wagstaff St Columba‟s-by-the-Castle, Edinburgh w.e.f. 24 May 2006. Warrants The Revd Bruce Harold Clark Gordon w.e.f. 31 May 2006. Formerly Rector Christ Church, Lanark. The Revd Anthea Mary Griggs w.e.f. 19 April 2006. Formerly NSM in the parish of Sunningdale, Diocese of Oxford. The Revd William Lawrence Fraser Mounsey w.e.f. 3 May 2006. Formerly had Permission to Officiate in the Diocese. The Revd Gordon Thomas Carl Tams w.e.f. 19 April 2006. Permission to Officiate The Revd Michael John Parker from 1 June 2006 to 1 June 2009. Retiring from a Commission in the Diocese. Resignations The Revd Jeremy Rodger Auld Assistant Curate St Peter‟s, Lutton Place, Edinburgh w.e.f. 9 August 2006. To be Rector of St James the Great, Dollar, Diocese of St Andrew‟s Dunkeld and Dunblane. The Revd Michael John Fass Priest in Charge, Collegiate Church of St Matthew (Rosslyn Chapel) w.e.f. 30 July 2006. Continuing as Bishop‟s Officer for Ministry. The Revd Canon Mark Alexander Scott Goodman Rector St Mary‟s, Dalkeith and St Leonard‟s, Lasswade, Synod Clerk, Diocese of Edinburgh and Canon of St Mary‟s Cathedral, Edinburgh w.e.f. 31 August 2006. To be Chaplain to Stamford Endowed Schools, Lincolnshire. The Revd Dr Jagat Ranjan Santra Assistant Priest Old St Paul‟s, Edinburgh w.e.f. 25 June 2006. Returning to former post as Senior Lecturer in Theology, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India. The Revd Gareth John McKeith Saunders Assistant Curate St Salvador‟s, Stenhouse and the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield w.e.f. 30 April 2006. Moving to a post in IT at the University of St Andrews. The Revd Christine Dorothy Sue Watkins w.e.f. 31 March 2006. Held a Warrant and has returned to Australia. Notice of Appointment Warden of Readers Following the retirement of the Revd Peter Brand as Warden of Readers in May 2006, the Revd Jennifer Edie has been appointed to succeed him as Warden of Readers w.e.f. 18 May 2006. Honorary Canon The Revd Duncan McCosh Rector St Peter‟s, Galashiels has been made an Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana w.e.f. 7 April 2006. Deaths The Revd Mary Furley Harrison on 16 April 2006. Aged 85. Appreciation of Mary on Page 8 John McEwan For the past two and a half years anyone telephoning the Diocesan Office in the mornings will have been welcomed by the friendly voice of John McEwan. John has had a post retirement job as office assistant since the beginning of 2004, and the Diocese has very much valued his help during that time. So much so that we have already booked John to be our „temp‟ at pressure points in the annual cycle, such as when Synod papers are due to go out. There will be an opportunity for people to come and say good-bye to John at an open morning in the Diocesan Office from 10am to 12 noon on Friday 30 June (John‟s last day). We all wish John the very best and look forward to seeing him again when he comes back occasionally as office temp. Christine Shepherd PAGE 4 Fare Well to Mark As you will see from the Gazette Mark Goodman has just announced that he has accepted a post as Chaplain to the Stamford Endowed Schools in Lincolnshire. As a consequence of this he will also be giving up the Editorship of The EDGE after this issue. Having edited The EDGE for some ten years Mark said, “I think that The EDGE has grown over the years to become an important element in the life of the Diocese. It has done so firstly because there has been a great team who have put it together. Behind the scenes they have gathered information, compiled, proof read and spent many long hours and nights making sure that the magazine was as good as it could be, as well as having to edit many of the scripts that came to them! Secondly, because so many people from across the diocese (and some beyond) took a great deal of trouble in providing good stories and information. I hope that it goes from strength to strength with a new editor.” As well as the editing The EDGE Mark was Communications Officer for the Diocese. During this time Mark also led the project to develop the IT in the Diocesan Centre. He also represented the Diocese on the Edinburgh and District Churches Council for Local Broadcasting and was a contributor to View From Earth on Forth 2 for a number of years. All the team has enjoyed working with Mark and thank him for his leadership. Our best wishes go with Mark, Gwen and their family. John, Pat and David Around the Diocese with John Howard. THEN AND NOW Archbishop Rowan Williams‟ Why Study the Past? The quest for the historical church (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005, 129 pages paperback, £8.95) is reviewed in Movement (Easter) by Alan Harding. This is a historian‟s assessment, presented in some detail. It includes the nice comment of Eamonn Duffy, writing in the Times Literary Supplement, „In Rowan Williams the See of Canterbury has its best theologian since St Anselm. As it happens, the new Pope, Benedict XVI, [Joseph Ratzinger] is probably the best theologian to hold the See of St Peter since almost as long.‟ The centenary of the death of Josephine Butler is celebrated by Lydia Lambert in Christ Church, Morningside‟s magazine (May). A native of Northumberland, married to an Anglican priest and headmaster in Liverpool, she campaigned in Britain and abroad for higher education and employment for women, and for better conditions for women and children caught up in prostitution. Nick Bowry writes about the Progressive Christianity Network Britain in the April Christ Church magazine. It is a group of Christians who „have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus‟ and „invite all people to participate in our community . . . believers and agnostics, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities . . .‟ Perhaps a report of their 6 May inaugural conference will be available in a future issue. (Web site: www.pcnbritain.org.uk) White Rose magazine (Old St Paul‟s, Winter issue) is called „The way we were‟, and is partly a series of interviews and reminiscences by congregational members who remember the Nineteen-fifties. The many photographs include Fr Douglas Lockhart, Billy Graham, the young Richard Holloway, and trams in Waterloo Place. In his sermon on the feast of the Conversion of St Paul Duncan Forrester asked „Is nostalgia our dominant motive, or is it hope, a grounded hope, secure in the knowledge that God has not abandoned his people but is doing, and will do a new thing among us?‟ ABROAD St Peter’s News & Views (May) has a Newsletter from Nepal by Linda Kilpatrick, who is principal of a school for expatriates in Pokhara. „Last night I was caught in the middle of a riot while shopping and most nights a bomb goes off somewhere…so far without casualties‟. She is working for BMS World Mission:www.bmsworldmission.org. Leaving Innerleithen in May for three months is Jean Anderson (NET – News of Episcopalians in Tweeddale, April). She will be an Ecumenical Accompanier alongside Palestinians and Israelis in their non-violent attempts to bring about an end to the occupation. This programme is in its fourth year. The need for it is pointed up by the account by Clarence Musgrave, Church of Scotland Minister of St Andrew‟s Church, Jerusalem, in the May magazine of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield. He writes about Tuesday 14 March, when Israeli PAGE 5 troops attacked the Palestinian prison in Jericho. He had some American visitors later who had seen in the Holocaust Museum pictures of a Jewish woman running down the street in her underclothes, and then on that day‟s TV Palestinian prison guards forced to strip to their underpants by the Israeli soldiers. One asked „How many Israelis would make a connection between these pictures?‟ „Sadly, not many‟ said my Israeli Jewish friend. Dr Mike Jones in „Take up your cross…‟ writes about martyrs for the faith, Archbishop Janani Luwum in Uganda and Jim Elliot in Ecuador, and the continuing call for Christians to take the message to those who have not heard it. Nor must we confuse taking the Christian message with taking ideas and customs of Western culture. „Christian Mission at its best allows Christ to be born anew in each culture . . .‟ (St Leonard‟s, Lasswade, magazine, April) On a lighter note, Margaret McNairn tells (in St Cuthbert‟s, Hawick, magazine, April) of travelling by “dolmus” in Turkey. These are the local minibuses which wait till there are enough passengers, then drop them off wherever they want, and are (in Istanbul at any rate) usually stuffed (which is what the word means) full, and are very cheap. She says this „is the best way to meet Turkish people and appreciate their natural hospitality. On journeys we have been given cherries, peaches, nuts, etc, as well as receiving several invitations to homes and boats. The best tourist information as to where best to eat, swim or explore has usually been acquired on a dolmus journey.‟ „Maybe FirstBus should buy a fleet of dolmuses for the Borders instead of the proposed double-deck buses!‟ PRAYER AND DAILY LIFE „Spiritual practices for children‟ by Carol Wehrheim is a serious four-page article in NET (May). She covers prayers of thanksgiving; music of the faith; stories of the faith; prayers of supplication; breath prayers; meditation; hospitality in the home and outside. „Children are spiritual; we do not give them spirituality. Our task is to accept and nurture that spirituality from the earliest age. As we do that, our spiritual lives will grow and be renewed as well‟. In NET (April) there is also an appeal for contributions to the View from the Borders, the Radio Borders religious broadcasting slot. “Use it or lose it” is the slogan. (phone 01289 302392 or e-mail: email@example.com). „Retreat in Daily Life‟ is organised by the Epiphany Group of the Edinburgh City Churches from Easter to Pentecost each year. Three Penicuik people write about the 2005 six week course and recommend it to others. There is a commitment to pray daily, to have a weekly meeting with a guide, and to join a gathering of all the participants at the beginning and the end. Outreach 128 (St James the Less, Penicuik, April). Sunday trading. Tintab (St Mary and All Souls, Coldstream, April) reports the efforts of campaigners to persuade a Parliamentary Panel to act to prevent further relaxation of the law, to preserve some freedom for workers to opt out of Sunday working and disruption of family life. This in fact is more of a problem South of the Tweed, as the 1994 Act applies only to England and Wales. Sunday trading was not previously regulated in Scotland, and the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003 leaves discretion to local authorities. (Web site: www.keepsundayspecial.net) John V. Howard PAGE 6 Other Diocesan News No Problems Remembering Anniversary Dates in this Family!! On 22 April Nicola Graham (daughter of Elaine and David Graham and granddaughter of Audrey and George Philip) married James Gilchrist at St Ninian‟s, Comely Bank. Nicola was Baptised, went to Sunday School, was Confirmed and later taught the Sunday School children, all at St Ninian‟s. It was a triple celebration and George and Audrey are cutting an Anniversary cake as all three couples have been married on the same date, George and Audrey in 1953 and Elaine and David in 1978 (also at St Ninian‟s). Cathedral First for St Mary’s St Mary‟s Cathedral in Edinburgh has recently witnessed a British-cathedral first. In early May Judy Brown became a full time member of the choir and as such the first woman to sing in any cathedral choir in Britain with a daily choral tradition. In 1978 St Mary‟s cathedral was the also first in Britain to employ girls on the treble line as well as boys. Whilst many cathedrals followed suit ten or more years later, girls have often formed a separate choir, rather than singing with the boys as they do in Edinburgh. Judy Brown is a music undergraduate at Edinburgh University. As a child she was a treble at St Mary‟s Cathedral but more recently sang for three years as a member of the choir of Old St Paul‟s, an experience she describes as „invaluable‟. Judy writes: „It's a real privilege to have been the first woman to sing with St Mary's. Having sung there as a child it has been wonderful to return and sing with such excellent musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the cathedral. It's a controversial decision, but St Mary's began training girl choristers 25 years ago, and there are now plenty of women with the same ability and experience as men. It is not, by any means, a feminist issue, merely the natural progression for a choir like St Mary's. The choir and congregation have all been welcoming and encouraging, and it is a real pleasure to sing here.‟ St Mary‟s cathedral choir sing services most days during term time. Details of services and music can be found at the website http://www.cathedral.net/ Anna Howard Community Award for Sylvia Morrison The East Lothian News reported recently on the award of a new Community Award to Sylvia Morrison, a member of St. Baldred‟s, North Berwick for her dedicated community service. The Community Award is sponsored by the North Berwick and District Association of Churches. Sylvia was the first recipient of this award. The paper reported that Sylvia Morrison founded „Busy Bees‟, a „hive of women who, for the past two decades, have been knitting and crocheting their way through miles of donated wool to create beautiful clothes and patchwork blankets for hospitals, homes, the elderly and needy mothers. The group has been a lifeline to many people over the years, bringing not only purpose but also friendship and community to its members.‟ Sylvia also founded the East Lothian Friends of St. Columba‟s Hospice and a group in East Linton. She is always devising new schemes for fund raising which, so far, has raised more that £100,000. PAGE 7 Retirement of Peter Brand - Warden of Readers Clephane Hume reports On the evening of 6 May, members of the Ministry Team at St John‟s Princes Street met to share a meal to mark Peter Brand‟s retirement. In acknowledgement of Peter‟s 23 years as Warden of Readers in the Diocese, Bishop Brian presented him with a Diocesan quaich (and something to put in it!) remarking that it was significant that the occasion should coincide with the anniversary of the issue of the Penny Black. Postage is about communication, a major part of the Warden‟s job and Peter is a keen philatelist! In his sermon on Sunday morning, (also our Dedication Festival) the Rector, John Armes pointed out that Peter has been in ministry as Lay Reader and Non-Stipendiary Priest at St John‟s for 45 years, the same length of time the great Dean Ramsey served as curate and then Rector. During this time Peter has worked with four Rectors. Whether in the church or the workplace, Peter has always served graciously and modestly when asked, recognising that ministry is always bigger than Peter Brand or, for that matter, the latest Rector. Many people have valued his constancy, his friendship and his willingness to take trouble over things. Peter, and his clipboard, are a familiar sight, as he prowls around the hall at coffee time, gathering in readers, intercessors, communion assistants. In this way he has brought many people into a deeper discipleship. He has also been Chaplain to the choir – ever-present at choir practice, puzzling his way through music he is incapable of singing. (He claims to be tone deaf!) This is one role he will continue. The Rector went on to say to thank Sheelagh, Peter‟s wife, for all she has given, noting, thankfully, that she has not indicated any plan to retire. Over the years Sheelagh and Peter fostered dozens of babies, each one for a time sharing our church life. Through our crèche, Sheelagh has accompanied many others during the first steps of their Christian journey. Countless church events have been made possible through her gift of catering and hospitality. Peter is a highly qualified palaeontologist. He is appropriately named, therefore, Peter the Rock. Indeed, Peter and Sheelagh are part of the geology of St John‟s, part of its foundations – living stones, and precious stones. We give thanks for God‟s blessings to us through Peter and Sheelagh. „Without people like them where would the church be?‟ Revd Clephane Hume is NSM at St John’s, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The Robin Chapel The Revd. Thomas Coupar was appointed Chaplain (part-time) to the ecumenical chapel within the Thistle Foundation in Craigmillar, Edinburgh on 1 February 2006. Tom commented that he was delighted to be Chaplain at a time of great change at The Robin as it explores how the chapel can best serve the needs of the Thistle Foundation and the wider community as well as open up the chapel to groups who wish to use it throughout the week. Currently work is developing to streamline Wedding and Blessing ceremonies with the conference and restaurant facilities available in the Thistle Foundation itself. The Chapel was built at the same time as the Thistle Foundation was set up to cater for war wounded after the Second World War. Sir Frances and Lady Tudsbery of Mountfleurie gifted the land to make a peaceful garden village in the city, with housing which was specially adapted to meet the needs of disabled service personnel at the time. With the tragic death of their only son Robin in the closing stages of the war, the chapel was dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of Robin. Every Sunday since, a sung evening service is held there at 4.30pm, with a Communion service on the first Sunday of the month. Visiting preachers from the different branches of the Christian church come and contribute greatly to the services. All are welcome to attend and the small congregation enjoy the atmosphere of this unique setting. The stained glass windows designed by Sadie McLellan and are based on the works of John Bunyan‟s “Pilgrims Progress” and the wood carvings are fine features in the chapel. The robed choir, which is made up of professional singers and musicians from other congregations throughout the city, is under the direction of Sheila Robertson and have a wide and extensive repertoire which is used in the chapel and elsewhere. Visitors are welcome and tours can be arranged linking also to the work of the wider Thistle Foundation. Please contact Tom on 0131 665 1780. PAGE 8 Mary Furley Harrison 10 February 1921 - 16 April 2006 An Appreciation compiled by Pat Treherne Mary Harrison was born in Edinburgh in 1921 to a family of wool merchants and textile manufacturers. She read French at Westfield College, London University, which transferred to Oxford during World War II, and did teacher-training at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh. Mary taught in Yorkshire for two years, and in 1948 she was sent by the CMS to teach at their school in Amman, which was the first school in Jordan to give secondary education to girls. In 1963 she was awarded an MBE, and in 1976 King Hussein presented her with the Jordan Medal of Independence for her dedication and services to Jordan. Mary was ordained Deacon in the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1986, to become one of the first group of ordained female deacons, serving for many years at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, where Mary had been baptised and confirmed. In the May issue of the parish magazine the Rector of Holy Cross, the Revd Douglas Kornahrens, has written a personal tribute to Mary, whom he has valued highly as a great friend and colleague over the last 20 years. He recalls the independent spirit of her forebears, which is a mirrored in Mary‟s own life. Mary‟s maternal grandfather was the first Anglican bishop in Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and is still well remembered there. Her great-aunt (maternal grandmother‟s sister), also a missionary, was the first white woman in Uganda and walked far up the Zambezi River. Her paternal great-grandfather was Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Mary‟s funeral was held at Holy Cross on 22 April, in a church full to overflowing with family, friends and colleagues. The service was conducted by Father Douglas and Bishop Brian led the Prayers of Commendation. We sang All things Bright and Beautiful in praise of the natural world which brought Mary such joy. A sizeable portion of Mary‟s life, 23 years in all, was given to her work in Jordan, and two of the tributes reflected this. Suzanne Zu‟mut Black, now living with her family in Scotland, was a former pupil of the Ahliyyah School for Girls where Mary taught, and spoke of Mary‟s inspiration and wise support over the years, and of her enthusiasm for promoting educational excellence, especially for girls. Mary taught English language and literature, art and religious studies. She introduced and directed Shakespearean drama and boldly started up a Girl Guide movement. Her devotion to Jordan continued into retirement as she dedicated the proceeds of her book Jordan Wild Flowers to the Scholarship Fund of the school. Her influence on the women she taught was reflected in the many significant posts now held by former pupils in Jordan. This was a theme taken up by the Honorary Consul of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Lt Col William Macnair, representing King Abdullah, who conveyed his appreciation for Mary‟s long years of commitment to the people of Jordan. Mary returned to Scotland in 1971 to look after her elderly mother after her father had died, and was soon fully involved in home, church and community life. Her commitments broadened again after her mother‟s death: first Deaconess, then Deacon at Holy Cross. Mary led house groups within the church and also for a number of years a very successful ecumenical group known as Focus. She had a long association with the Scottish World Day of Prayer, first as a representative of the Scottish Episcopal Church on the Committee, and later as Vice-Convener. She was one of a group of volunteers who helped out at the Cornerstone Bookshop in its „shoe-string‟ days. For many years Mary provided a homely lunch space, and hot soup, in the church hall for pupils of the Royal High School. She was a good cook, but not many people would have tackled (several times) a New Year meal for our family of five hungry youngsters - the children loved it. Her hospitality was warm and legendary - as was her energy! For many years she organised the Church Fete, and had a „stall‟ at which she sold her own hand-painted floral cards and book-marks. Mary‟s family was very important to her. The family home was shared with her niece and nephew-in-law, and their children, Astrid and Alexander, of whom she was so proud. At the funeral Astrid read the speech her Aunt Mary had made to family and friends at her 80th Birthday Party (reproduced as an article on next page) to which she added some thoughts of her own: “Later in the year that Aunt Mary wrote this 80th birthday speech she published her wonderful book of Jordan Wild Flowers in which were reproduced nearly 300 watercolours which she painted during her time in Jordan. The house is such a different place without Aunt Mary. We shall miss her unstinting affection, her encouragement and her incredible knowledge and memory, and all her many stories. I personally will miss arriving home to find the house full of a collection of international oddballs with the venerable institution Aunt Mary right at the centre of it all, holding court in her favourite jumper. I shall also miss hearing about the latest major incident in the garden. Aunt Mary was a supporter of human rights and animal PAGE 9 rights. She was also a vociferous supporter of plants rights, which as I am sure many of you know makes gardening in the conventional sense rather tricky. She did however give her consent for us to mow the lawn. Last year Aunt Mary made a wonderful album about the house and garden, and it will not surprise you all that in the frontispiece are the words of Gerard Manley Hopkins, "O let them be left, wildness and wet; long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.".” Pat Treherne Mary Harrison Reflected on her 80th Birthday [This is the text read by Astrid at Mary’s funeral, much of which, as Astrid explained, has been rescued from the backs of envelopes. Even on the backs of envelopes Mary was meticulous in all that she did. The Editorial team felt that these words provide an insight into an aspect of life in the 20th Century and merited a wider audience] Susan [Mary‟s niece] said would I make a speech and I said certainly NOT. But then I thought it was rather a historic occasion. I won't get a chance to say anything about my life at my funeral, so I thought at 80 years I would just take the opportunity to say something now. I was born in the house next door to the one I live in now, which was built by my grandfather. When I was five we moved down the road to a house built by my parents, where we had most of our childhood. There were four other families of children in Bamton Avenue and we had a gang called the Secret Band of Brave Outlaws. It was such a feeble title that the members were sworn never to divulge it. We had a song to the tune of Bonnie Dundee and we met in a cave, now blocked up, in the grounds of what is now the Royal High School. We once planned to run away, and hid a box of provisions under our beds, but when it came to the point nobody really wanted to go out into the dark. We went to a private school in Edinburgh, now in fact the Episcopal Church Provincial offices, and enjoyed our lessons. We went to church every Sunday morning and to a girls' Bible Class in the afternoons. Apart from sticking pretty pictures into books I don't remember anything about Bible Class except the anger I felt when I had to go to Bible Class instead of staying at home on the one afternoon of snow we had that winter. We went for walks on the Pentlands and my grandmother's companion took us on interesting trips. We had lovely family holidays in a house belonging to my great aunts in Fife. It was paradise, with a farm, a glen, a moor, a waterfall, big farm horses to ride and cows to milk. When I was 13 I went off to St Leonard's Girls’ School, in St Andrew’s. It was rather frightening, but a great adventure on the whole. Most of the lessons were very exhilarating and the outside activities in societies, or art and drama, as well as games, were a great delight. Religion was pretty dull to start with but by the Sixth Form scripture lessons were really interesting and we were allowed to go to different churches such as the University Chapel, and that was very inspiring. At home going to Matins at Holy Cross was pretty dull too. But we started a Youth Club which was great, and then Barrie Flint came to be our Rector for a very short time, and he woke us up. When I was 18 I won an entrance scholarship to Westfield College, London University. Then the war broke out and our college was evacuated to Oxford. There I spent three blissful years. The academic work was very interesting, and the beauty of the city and the extra-mural activities were a wonderful stimulus. I found the discussions in the Student Christian Movement and the sermons at the University church a revelation. I am still in touch with four friends of College days. After I graduated I spent a year training to be a teacher at Moray House in Edinburgh. Then I had two years in a job in Bradford. Yorkshire was quite a foreign country but I made some good friends. I also started a Guide company at my church and learned how to take them to camp - mostly in pouring rain! The background to all these years was the war. Neither in Edinburgh, nor Oxford, nor Bradford did we have many bombs. There was no TV to show us horrific pictures, and radio bulletins were strictly censored. Of course, we were anxious about friends and relations in the forces. Rationing was very strict - one lamb chop a week for the meat ration, two ounces of butter and half a pound of sugar, and go on your knees to the butcher for a bit of offal off the ration. The blackout was difficult to live with, and walking home at night up a pitch black Barnton PAGE 10 Avenue quite scary. But petrol rationing meant that the roads were nice to bicycle on. Other shortages have meant that all my life I couldn't bear waste. In 1946 I left Bradford for the CMS Training Centre in Kent, a somewhat shattering experience, but inspiring, especially in meeting such wonderful Christian leaders. In January 1948 I sailed from Liverpool for Palestine and Jordan. The Arab/Jewish wars were just beginning and the British Mandate came to an end in May 1948. Over in Jordan we were flooded with refugees, and we had lots of intermittent wars and crises over the years, but we survived. I had 23 years in Jordan, with very happy teaching experience and a great opportunity to get to know another culture with all its customs and language. I made wonderful friends there. It is a beautiful country and the people are so warm and lively. I could keep you here all night talking about Jordan. I was so lucky to have that contact with Palestine when the country was not so taken over by the Israelis. It was a tremendous experience to be involved in building up something as creative as our school. I came home in 1971 to look after my mother because my father had died. After my mother's death I taught for six years in a comprehensive school in Bathgate. It was difficult, but again an interesting new experience. I also had student lodgers some of whom are still in contact. Then my Rector, Bob Halliday, now retired Bishop of Brechin, suggested I should join the Training for Ministry course and that was a great experience. I am very grateful to be part of the ministry at Holy Cross. It is a lovely congregation and I feel very much blessed to be a member. We come now to the thanks. First of all, grateful thanks to God the creator and provider of all good things. Thanks to my parents, the co-providers of all the good basics. Thanks to my teachers at school and university. Thanks to my sisters for marrying such fine men and providing me with such lovely nieces and nephews. Thanks to them for marrying such nice people and giving me lovely great-nieces and nephews, especially to Susan and Alan. Thanks to Douglas and Arabella and all who have made Holy Cross such a warm and faithful congregation, and to all my friends far and near. Thanks to my dear dogs and cats in Jordan and here for all their affection. Thanks to the Zoo Catering for giving us this nice meal. And thanks to all of you for coming. Reproduced with permission. New Religious Broadcasting Post Edinburgh and District Churches‟ Council for Local Broadcasting (EDCCLB) is appointing a Gillian McKinnon as a part-time development officer. EDCCLB is an ecumenical body with representation and funding from the main denominations (including the Diocese of Edinburgh) in the Lothians and Fife. For some while the Council has felt the need to develop its work in promoting and supporting Christian broadcasting in this area. Gillian McKinnon is to take up the six month at beginning of August. Gillian is vastly experienced broadcaster having worked with the BBC and as the development officer for the award winning GRF (Gospel Radio Fellowship), based in Glasgow. The aim of the task is to provide clear focus for EDCCLB and to strengthen the Council and its support base. Gillian will oversee developing relations with existing and new radio stations in relation to Christian broadcasting and also inform local churches about religious broadcasting in this area. Mark Goodman PAGE 11 ALL THE ADS Scottish Episcopal Church Diocese of Edinburgh Diocesan Treasurer Honorarium £3,455 pa The Diocese invites applications for the post of Diocesan Treasurer. The person appointed will have an overview of the Diocesan Finances and advise the Bishop, Dean and Finance & Management Committee on all financial matters. Applicants should have an accountancy qualification. Job specification and application form may be obtained from the Diocesan Centre (Tel:0131-538-7033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). For further details of what the post entails please contact David Palmer, Convener of Finance and Management Committee Email: email@example.com Closing date for completed applications is Friday 30 June 2006. The partner congregations of St Andrew, Kelso & St Mary and All Souls, Coldstream are seeking to appoint a Priest Colleague to work with the Rector and a ministry team of 4 retired colleagues and Reader. In return for a house, with rent and council tax paid and expenses, this would be a part time ministry to two friendly and outgoing congregations that have recently agreed to work together in partnership. The Scottish Borders is an idyllic part of the country in which to live and work. There are many historical, literary and other societies and organisations in the two towns which are 8 miles apart. Coldstream is twelve miles from the main-line station of Berwick-upon-Tweed, fifty miles from Edinburgh and sixty miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Borders provides excellent walking, fishing, golf and many other recreational activities. The post would be for 3 days per week, including Sunday. This appointment is subject to the approval of the Bishop. Enhanced disclosure applies. For further details please write enclosing a brief CV to The Revd Fr. Malcolm Lockey, Rector & Priest-in-Charge, Church Office, The Rectory, 6 Forestfield, KELSO TD5 7BX An organist is required by St. Ninians Episcopal Church, Comely Bank, Edinburgh, to play on Sunday mornings (10.30am) and major festivals and other dates by prior arrangement. Remuneration according to Scottish Federation of Organists scale. We have a Copeman Hart digital organ and use the New English Hymnal but have no choir. Anyone interested should write to The Secretary, St Ninians Episcopal Church, 39 Comely Bank, Edinburgh EH4 1AF. The Church of the Good Shepherd Murrayfield Avenue, Edinburgh We are continuing our series of Organ Recitals on our Church Open Days, with the addition this year of a Coffee morning and Fair Trade Stall from 10am to 12 noon. The Organ Recitals commenced with Dr John Kitchen, City Organist on 3rd June and continue on SATURDAYS: 8th July with Chris Dyter of Pilrig St Paul's - 2003 RNCM Prize-winner 5th August with Ruaraidh Sutherland, Organ Scholar of St. Mary's Cathedral 2nd September with Martyn Strachan, Freelance Concert Organist. The theme this year is the A-Z of Composers. The recitals are free with a small charge for refreshments PAGE 12 St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh receives many visitors during the festival and summer months. Among their displays for visitors this year they are hoping to have a board featuring events taking place in other Episcopal churches in the Edinburgh Diocese. They have requested that churches send in information that can be included in this display. If you would like to send information for inclusion in the display please contact Anna Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 5387044 in the first instance St George's College Jerusalem, has been a continuing education centre for the Anglican Communion since 1962. Clergy and Laity from 92 countries and 96 faith traditions have attended courses where participants will: - Study the Bible in the context of its own geography - Visit places holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims - Reflect and worship as a pilgrim community - Listen to living voices and contemporary issues St. George's College stands in the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral in East Jerusalem and is ten minutes' walk from the Old City of Jerusalem. The Cathedral complex is a safe and peaceful sanctuary in the heart of the City. Courses available in 2006/7 within the Holy Land include: Palestine of Jesus/the Bible and the Holy Land/ Abraham, Yesterday and Today/Christmas in Bethlehem/Holy Fire. Courses available in 2006/7 with, elements outside the Holy Land include: St Paul in Greece (entire course in Greece); St Paul and the Early Church (entire course in Turkey); Ways in the Wilderness (including Sinai, the monasteries of Egypt, and Petra). More Information including costs and availability can be found at www.sgcjerusalem.org Further advice and discussion of the Jerusalem experience is available from David Christie (SGC Representative in Scotland) Tel: 01356 623367, Email: email@example.com St George's College welcomes pilgrims and visitors for looking for accommodation within Jerusalem (subject to availability). THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS SCOTLAND 150TH ANNIVERSARY Sea Sunday - 9 July 90% of our daily needs including fuel and food come to us by ship. A Message from the Secretary General: 2006 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Mission to Seafarers. I do hope that you will feel able to celebrate Sea Sunday either on July 9 or some other convenient date. We would especially appreciate your prayers and support this year as we give thanks for 150 years of ministry to seafarers. When we were founded conditions for crews were exceedingly harsh and lonely. The shipping industry may have changed considerably since then but life at sea is still beset by dangers and difficulties, and our care for seafarers is needed as much as ever. With many thanks for your prayers and support which enable us to continue our mission around the world. The Revd Canon Bill Christianson Secretary General Scotland address: for both donations to support their work and for information packs, resources etc: Mission to Seafarers Scotland, Containerbase, Gartsherrie Road, Coatbridge ML5 2DS. PAGE 13 Loch Long House Retreat and Study Centre Set on the edge of Loch Long, in Argyll, with stunning uninterrupted views north to the Arrochar Alps, eastwards up the River Clyde to Dumbarton Rock, and south past Arran to Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea, Loch Long House is extremely close to and yet a million miles in spirit from the hassle and bustle of the Central Belt of Scotland. It is a haven from the stresses and strains of twenty-first century life easily reached by public transport or private car. Lovingly restored to provide a restful venue for retreat or study, prayer, contemplation or artistic, healing or spiritual activities, Loch Long House caters for up to six residents at a time but has access to several friendly neighbours who can take its “overspill” if necessary. Daily, weekend or weekly seminars or structured retreats can be provided covering a wide variety of subjects and fairly large groups (up to 20) can be catered for on a daily basis. We also welcome and encourage single individuals or small private groups on personal retreats and offer respite for carers and professional persons. Visiting pastors or lecturers may use our facilities to provide their own services or courses and several institutions do so. Continental buffet breakfast is provided, although soup and sandwich lunches may be arranged, as required. There is an excellent range of dining facilities and visitor attractions in the surrounding district and our guests are encouraged to enjoy them. We are less than ten miles from Dunoon. Loch Long House is a place in which to pray, or study, or just admire the beauties of this part of God‟s Kingdom. As Mark Twain once said “sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits.” Come – and be our guests! Loch Long House Ecumenical Retreat and Study Centre, Blairmore, Argyll, PA23 8TE Tel: 01369 840696 www.lochlonghouse.org.uk Prom Praise Scotland 2006 Noel Tredinnick and the All Souls Orchestra with Marjory Watson (soprano) and guest speaker Fiona Castle As part of their Scotland tour they will be at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh Saturday 29 July 2006 Leaflets with booking form from 0131 333 1744 or firstname.lastname@example.org Book at Usher Hall Box Office, Lothian road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, by post, phone (0131 228 1155 or online at www.usherhall.co.uk (cheques payable to City of Edinburgh Council) Harvest Help Registered Charity No. 298830 Free Harvest Resource Sows the Seeds of Hope Our 2006 free Harvest Pack – Seeds of Hope - is now available and can be downloaded from www.harvesthelp.org/church.html. Seeds of Hope is based on readings from Genesis and Mark's Gospel and contains sermon notes, service and music ideas as well as details of our work, fundraising and children's activities. We have also produced Our Common Ground study pack for churches jointly with the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF). Whilst particularly useful for Lent, the pack can be used at any time of the year. Download as above. For more information about Seeds of Hope and Harvest Hope visit our website or contact Kevin Lawrence on 01952 260699 or email email@example.com giving your name, address and the name of your church. Harvest Help works with farmers to help them increase their food production and reduce the risks of a poor harvest. Harvest Help enables families to meet their basic needs for clothing, medicine and schooling by helping them find ways to generate an income. Harvest Help works with rural communities to improve the provision of safe and clean drinking water and develop better sanitation and hygiene. Sowing the seeds of self-reliance in rural Africa PAGE 14 COPY DATE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE EDGE and FLIER and SMALL AD DEADLINE 25 August 2006 Publication Early September Articles,which may be edited, can be submitted in a variety of formats, preferably by email, typewritten or on disc in Rich Text Format (RTF). Most other types can be read (PC compatible). Files can also be sent as email attachments (RTF format preferred). PLEASE DO NOT EMBED HYPERLINKS IN TEXT as they are of no use for the printed version. Articles should normally be a maximum of 650 words in length. Photographs are welcomed and the contributor holds the copyright unless otherwise stated. The views expressed in articles are the views of the authors and are not necessarily the views of the Scottish Episcopal Church or of the Diocese. Advertising copy and material is accepted subject to the availability of space. The EDGE is available in colour online as a PDF file from the Publications page on the Diocesan website www.dioceseofedinburgh.org A special text only version is also available in Rich Text Format (RTF) on the website. Back issues of both versions can also be downloaded. The Bishop’s weekly Newsletters (which are sent to all incumbents) and all Media Releases are available from the News and Media page on the website.
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