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                           The EDGE
                    News of the Diocese of Edinburgh
                                       June 2006
                                  Volume 10 Number 5

                                     Text Version


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

              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.

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.
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.
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
The Revd William Lawrence Fraser Mounsey w.e.f. 3 May 2006. Formerly had Permission to Officiate in the
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.
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
                                                 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.
                              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

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.
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:
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?‟
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
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
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!‟
„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:

„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:

                John V. Howard

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
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
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.

             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
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.
       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
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
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
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

                                           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
Applicants should have an accountancy qualification. Job specification and application form may be obtained
from the Diocesan Centre (Tel:0131-538-7033 Email:
For further details of what the post entails please contact David Palmer, Convener of Finance and Management
Committee Email:
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

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

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
                                          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
- 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
Further advice and discussion of the Jerusalem experience is available from David Christie (SGC Representative
in Scotland) Tel: 01356 623367, Email:
St George's College welcomes pilgrims and visitors for looking for accommodation within Jerusalem (subject to

                          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.
                                                          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

                                               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
Book at Usher Hall Box Office, Lothian road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA, by post, phone (0131 228 1155 or
online at (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
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 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 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

                           COPY DATE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE EDGE
                                and FLIER and SMALL AD DEADLINE
                                          25 August 2006
                                   Publication Early September
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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
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.
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