Inspires Online

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

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

Nominations sought for new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway

Diocese Of Glasgow & Galloway
Scottish Charity no. SCO13925

Nominations are sought for prospective candidates for the vacant office of Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway.

We seek a Bishop to lead and serve the Diocese.

Nominations must have the consent of the Nominee, who must be an ordained Priest of the Anglican Communion.

The nomination form and a description of the Diocese may be downloaded here:

Paper copies may be obtained from the Diocesan Office:

Diocesan Centre, 5 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DH email:

On completion it should be sent to

The Primus, The Most Rev Mark Strange
Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway
Diocesan Centre
5 St Vincent Place
G1 2DH


The Electoral process is governed by the Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church (Canon 4). These can be downloaded from the Provincial website:

Election will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure check



Prayers offered for Sri Lanka

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church calls for prayers for Sri Lanka.

“Following the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka and the immediate responses that many of us made both on Social Media and during our Easter sermons and intercessions, I have continued to listen as the death toll has risen and the fear of the local people has been reported.

“The authorities are still not able to say the attacks are over and, as people begin to bury their dead, the fear of simply attending the church is palpable. I ask that as many of our church congregations as possible gather to say prayers for the people of Sri Lanka, for the families around the world affected by this attack and for those attempting to bring peace and security.

“I suggest that where possible people in our churches could gather around our paschal candles, symbols of the resurrection, on Sunday at the end of worship and offer the prayers of all our people for the people of Sri Lanka and for the many others who lost loved ones on Easter Day.”

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.




Vocations Sunday

“They hear my voice”

‘Vocations Sunday’: that’s just about clergy isn’t it? Not at all – we celebrate God’s call to every Christian to follow Christ in witness and service. In congregations and communities across the world, people are listening for God’s voice and responding in faith in all sorts of different ways.

There is a lot to celebrate and pray for in the Scottish Episcopal Church:

  • a wide range of ministries that are opening up to lay and ordained disciples
  • a refreshed process of discernment to encourage and support enquirers
  • dedicated people from all walks of life being formed for ministry

What can I do?

Listen to God, who may be calling you to a particular task in the Church.

Listen to God, who may be calling those around you, even if they do not realise it.

Listen to God, who may be calling your congregation to something that will need many different gifts and skills.

So may God say with joy of us: ‘My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me’ (John 10:27)

Loving Shepherd, you know each one of us and call us to follow you. Help us to listen for your voice, and to respond in obedience and faith to our vocations. Grant wisdom to our bishops as they provide those who will care for the people of God in their dioceses. Give courage to those who offer themselves for public ministry, and humility to accept your guidance. Bless with insight all who discern the ministries of others. Encourage those who are being formed for ministry, and sustain the staff and students of the Scottish Episcopal Institute. So may your Church be light to the world as it shares in your work of making your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

More resources for Vocations Sunday can be found at the Scottish Episcopal Church website here.



New Provincial Church in Society Committee Convener Appointed

The Rev Dr Jenny Wright has been elected by the Mission Board as the new Convener of the Provincial Church in Society Committee. Her appointment will take effect from General Synod this year. Jenny succeeds the Rev Prof David Atkinson and the Mission Board thanks him for his convenership over the last five years.



Anglican Consultative Council


Three members of the Scottish Episcopal Church(SEC) are representing SEC at the 17th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) currently taking place in Hong Kong – Alistair Dinnie (Edinburgh Diocese) is the SEC’s Lay representative on the ACC. He is joined at the meeting by the Rev Dr Jenny Wright (an Assistant Curate in Edinburgh Diocese), who presided at the Eucharist during the meeting when the first use of a new Eucharistic Prayer for the Anglican Communion was being trialed,  and Amie Byers (Youth Officer for the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway).  This year is the first year that youth delegates have been invited to ACC and you can read more from Amie at the Provincial Youth Committee Facebook page here.



General Synod 2019

The meeting of the General Synod 2019 will take place from 6-8 June at St Paul’s and St George’s Church, York Place, Edinburgh.  The proceedings of General Synod will be video livestreamed throughout the meeting.  Non Synod members are welcome to sit in the visitors gallery throughout the meeting.  The livestream link will be available on the morning of the first day of General Synod and the  Agenda and Papers for General Synod will be available on the Scottish Episcopal Church website after 15 May.



Interfaith Scotland Faith Leaders Meeting at Glasgow Central Mosque

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church attended a meeting of the Interfaith Scotland Faith Leaders group at the Glasgow Central Mosque on 1 May.

Bishop Mark says “I felt compelled to attend this meeting, though I had other important items in my diary, compelled by the need to do all we can to end the cycle of hatred that increases every time another terrorist attack lays claim to a faith justification for their actions.

“I was very aware of the possible impact of Christians and Muslims standing together especially if that was also in the company of Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Bahai – the many representatives of Faith throughout Scotland. The impact of this solidarity, following the horror in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and the terror in Christchurch was something we simply needed to do.

So I walked across the Clyde, to the Mosque and was greeted by Imam Habib Rauf. Our meeting took place in the Mosque’s library.  During the opening session the Imam spoke of the horror felt by the Muslim community here and in Sri Lanka, of the rejection of the terrorists by that community.  He offered the prayers and love of his people. I, along with other Christian leaders, responded to his words, thanked him for them and for the way that many of the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka and at home here in Scotland had responded.  The leaders of the other faiths in the room also added their own words of peace, love, and hope.

We were then invited to sit in the Mosque itself while the afternoon prayers were recited and words of faith shared by the Imam, those of us who joined the congregation were aware of the delight of many of the worshippers as they saw us: smiles, thumbs up, words of welcome. I felt privileged to be there and to witness the prayers and fellowship of that Community.

I left with words of prayer and hospitality following me.  I pray that we continue to talk and to share in the concerns of this world while allowing our prayers and companionship to be a sign to the terrorists that none of their terror can ever be in the name of God.



Scottish Public Invited To Stand In Solidarity With Mums Around The World This Christian Aid Week

This Christian Aid Week (12-18 May), Christian Aid is inviting people to stand in solidarity with mothers and to raise funds for better healthcare services in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Christian Aid Week, the charity’s biggest annual fundraiser, unites over 20,000 churches across the UK every year to support global neighbours in need. This year’s campaign focuses on improving maternal health in countries such as Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to give birth: maternal mortality rates there are the highest in the world by a significant margin.

For every 100,000 live births in Sierra Leone, 1,360 mothers die, compared to nine in the UK.

Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland said: “The birth of a child is one of life’s greatest gifts. It should herald a joyful beginning, not hold fear for the future, or an end before life can even start.  Through the generosity and commitment of people across Scotland, we help make a difference for children now and for the adults they will become. Poverty is not an inheritance we will hand on.”

To find out how to get involved or for information on donations, visit



News from the Scottish Episcopal Institute

The April 2019 edition of the Scottish Episcopal Institute (SEI) Newsletter can be downloaded here.

The Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal

The Spring 2019 volume of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal is available online here.

The Rev Dr Michael Hull, Convener of the editorial board of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal says:

“This Spring edition has a number of exciting articles and book reviews that touch on a plethora of aspects of the contemporary Christian life. Prof Elaine Graham speaks to the importance of liberating the laity and the creation of a theology for a learning church, a theology which sees all Christians engaged in ministry and mission. Rev Lynsay Downs notes that the term ‘Christian’ ought not to be colonised by those who may seek to use it in pursuit of ends in disharmony with the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures; she reminds us of our need to pray, to lament, and to make our voices heard in such instances. Both of these articles urge us to carefully pursue mission on a scriptural basis: the very topic of Rev Canon Nicholas Taylor’s article on Scripture and mission. Mission is not peculiar to any group of Christians, and so Mgr Philip Kerr’s take on twenty-first century perspectives on ecumenism from a Roman-Catholic point of view is particularly noteworthy. The Rt Rev Brian Smith prompts us to remember that theological reflection is an ongoing effort by taking special note of the value of the Gifford Lectures; he promises to report on the next Giffords in Edinburgh in the Journal’s Summer edition. Finally, the Spring Edition concludes with five book reviews, covering a range of titles about eschatology, the Book of Revelation, the Pauline literature and the inner life of priests.”




Pastoral Development Assistant, St Cuthbert’s, Colinton

Priest in Charge, St Mary’s Newport on Tay and St Margaret’s Tayport

Rector, Old Saint Paul’s, Edinburgh

Rector, East Perthshire Charges

Rector, Brechin and Montrose with Inverbervie




Very Rev Ian Barcroft will resign as Rector at St Mary the Virgin, Hamilton, St Andrew, Uddingston and as Dean of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway on 31 May 2019. He will be appointed as the Provincial Director of Ordinands on 1 June 2019.

Rev Canon Frederick Hugh Magee died on 24 April 2019 aged 85. He served as Curate at St Mark’s, Bury 1959-62. He then served as Chaplain at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee 1972-7 and Priest-in-Charge at All Souls, Invergowrie 1976-79. He was Rector at St Andrew, St Andrews 1979-83 and then became Rector at St John the Evangelist, Forfar 1983-87. He was the Dean of Wenatchee, Diocese of Spokane, USA 1996-2003. He also served as Regional Missioner and Communications Officer in the Diocese of Spokane. He was an Assistant Priest at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee 2006-16. He held Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Brechin 2007-19. He was installed as Honorary Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee 2008.

The Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney has announced that the Rev Dr Emsley Nimmo is to be made Dean Emeritus of the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney on 16 June.



Across the Dioceses

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

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



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