The Moderator's diary

October

22 September – 1 October

The Moderator and her chaplain, the Revd Jim Stewart, will visit the Presbytery of Annandale and Eskdale. The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time in local schools and industries, as well as visits to community initiatives.

2 October

The Moderator will attend “Tackling Hate Speech in a Parish Setting”, a training course being organised in Glasgow for Church of Scotland ministers.

In the evening, the Moderator will attend an Age Scotland Reception at the Scottish Parliament, to celebrate 75 years of national and local older people’s groups and organisations in Scotland.

4 October

The Moderator will chair ‘Faith Formation in a Secular Age’ a Mission and Discipleship Council conference being held in Glasgow for Church Leaders.

5 October

The Moderator will visit Penicuik St Mungo's Foodbank; meeting volunteers and learning more about this initiative during Challenge Poverty Week 2018.

In the evening, the Moderator will speak about the Church of Scotland HIV Programme at a fundraising Concert led by the Heart & Soul Swing Band, in Edinburgh: St Serfs.

7 - 8 October

The Moderator will attend a Charity Golf Event.

9 October

The Moderator will host the first of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.

10 October

The Moderator will host the second of a series of buffet lunches for Church of Scotland office staff.

11 October

The Moderator will attend a meeting of the Religious Leaders' Forum at the Ba’hai Centre in Edinburgh.

In the evening, the Moderator will host a Dinner as part of her support for Grasping the Nettle (a movement formed by church leaders in Scotland to promote dialogue within the church and society at large about belief in God, especially in relation to science). Those attending will consider the development of a Media strategy for the movement.

12 October

The Moderator will meet with Ben and Jessie Fubara-Manuel, members of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria who are visiting Scotland. Jessie is a PhD student in receipt of a scholarship from the World Mission Council, while Ben is a minister and President of the Christian Council of Nigeria.

13-26 October

The Moderator, her husband and the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council Secretary will visit Uruguay, South America.

27 October

In the morning, the Moderator will speak at the Church of Scotland Ecumenical Relations and Action of Churches Together Autumn Conference in Edinburgh.

27 October – 5 November

The Moderator and her chaplain, the Revd Mary Stobo, will visit the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy.  The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time in local schools and industries, as well as visits to a local Prospects Group, Fife Migrants Forum and a Prayer Shawl Ministry Gathering.