The Moderator's diary
The Moderator will meet with Mr Sabir Zazai, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Refugee Council, at their office in Glasgow.
27 February to 1 March
The Moderator will visit the Scottish Parliament. During his three day programme, Dr Browning will host an evening Reception on the theme of ‘Young People and Faith - Building Bridges, Making a Difference’, meet with the Presiding Officer and lead Time for Reflection.
The Moderator will host a buffet dinner and be the Guest Speaker at an event in Edinburgh for Alumni of St Mary's College, the University of St Andrews.
The Moderator will preach at both morning services at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh.
The Moderator will lead Morning Devotions at Charis House in Edinburgh, then meet informally with CrossReach staff who work there.
Later that morning, the Moderator will speak at the Church of Scotland World Mission Council's Israel Palestine Review Group, about his recent international experiences.
The Moderator will host a Lunch on the topic of community needs. As one of Dr Browning’s moderatorial themes is hospitality: 'it is better to build a longer table than a higher fence', this will be the thirteenth in a series of dialogues he will host during his year in office. Those attending “The Table of Community” will consider what all integrated and forward-looking communities should contain, in order for the people who live there to flourish.
The Moderator will attend 'Reform and Unity: An Exploration of Semper Reformanda'; a conference being held in Edinburgh to explore the historical perspective of the impact of the Lutheran Reformation in Scotland, and to consider how the theme of Semper Reformanda informs the life of the Church today.
In the evening, the Moderator will attend the opening of a Faith in Gender Justice exhibition organised by Christian Aid and Side by Side Scotland at the Scottish Parliament, to mark International Women's Day.
The Moderator will visit Kagu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Dumfries. His time at Samye Ling will include a meeting with the abbot, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.
10 to 19 March
The Moderator and his chaplain, the Rev John McMahon, will visit the Presbytery of Dumfries and Kirkcudbright. The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time with local students and Groups, as well as visits to HMP Dumfries, the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and the Scottish office of the Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation.
In the evening on 19 March, the Moderator will host a farewell buffet dinner for a group of leaders from the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, who have been visiting Scotland to receive in-depth training in mediation and trauma healing, organised by the Church of Scotland's Africa-Caribbean Committee.
The Moderator will attend the Annual Meeting of Scottish Church Leaders with the First Minister, at the Scottish Parliament.
In the evening, the Moderator will host a Dinner on the topic of reimagining the present in order to create the future. This will be the fourteenth in a series of dialogues he will host during his year in office. Those attending “The Table of Today” will consider what we need to start doing now to make our communities and world better, sustainable and more inclusive.
The Moderator will lead a Focus Group with some people working at a local level in the Church of Scotland to tackle social isolation. The reflections gathered will be coordinated and contributed to the current Scottish Government consultation, “A Connected Scotland: Tacking social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections”.
The Moderator will visit a selection of Church of Scotland Go For It projects based in Edinburgh, to see the Grant funded work in action and meet some of the people involved.
The Moderator will be part of the panel of Speakers discussing best practices in victims' identification and support, at the UN House Scotland Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Scotland Conference being held at the Scottish Parliament.
The Moderator will preach at the Palm Sunday Morning Service at Ness Bank Parish Church in Inverness.
The Moderator will lead a Holy Week Communion Service for Church of Scotland office staff in the 121 George Street Chapel.
The Moderator will preach at the Good Friday Evening Service at Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh.