Category Archives: history

The successful heretic

I remember so distinctly all those years ago as a student hearing one of my tutors claiming that St Francis was a successful heretic.  It seemed so deliciously iconoclastic in those days, and it makes a lot of sense.  The saint, … Continue reading

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In Dundee

We decided to have an afternoon out in Dundee – well, don’t forget that some think its name means ‘Gift of God’ (donum Dei).  First we went to the McManus Gallery to see some drawings by Leonardo da Vinci on special … Continue reading

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Past the shieling …

A great congregational outing to Cashel Forest by Loch Lomond yesterday.  It’s run by the Royal Scottish Forestry Society, and aims to create a space dedicated to native trees and plants.  There’s even an apple orchard with Scottish varieties.  You … Continue reading

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Spiritual umbrellas

I was talking about St Ninian at the All Age service today (yes, I know his feast is 16 September, but we are looking at saints of Scotland with the young people, and preparing for a Ninian-fest-display at the Doors … Continue reading

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Jubilee and the Clearances

We held the second of our ‘Sandwich Sessions’ after church yesterday – people getting together for lunch and discussion.  So we tackled ‘Jubilee’ – which, curiously, stimulated very very few memories.  I was not living in Scotland for the Queen’s … Continue reading

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The radiant face

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the testmony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.”  (Exodus 34:29) This passage, set for today … Continue reading

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Silence and history

I went to one of the Gifford Lectures yesterday, given by Diarmaid McCulloch on ‘The silences of fear and shame’. If you’ve missed them so far, you can see videos of them posted on the site.  What McCulloch was talking … Continue reading

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