The Moderator's diary


2 August

The Moderator and the Principal Clerk will meet with the Chief Executive of the Royal Caledonian Education Trust, to hear about future developments at Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity.

In the evening, the Moderator will be a guest at the Assembly Festival Opening Gala Night, an event launching the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

4 August

The Moderator will be a Dinner Guest of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, in the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

5 August

The Moderator will attend an evening concert at Edinburgh: Greyfriars Kirk, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. It will be led by the Reformation Festival Chorus, who are on tour from the USA. During the evening, Dr Browning will speak about the relationship between the Church of Scotland and the Presbyterian Church of the USA.

6 August

In the morning, the Moderator will preach at St Michael's and All Saints Episcopal Church in Edinburgh.

In the evening, Dr Browning will be a dinner guest of the Rt Revd Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Bishop of the Evangelical-Luther Church in Bavaria, and Moderator of the Council of the Evangelical Church of Germany, who is visiting Edinburgh.

8 August

The Moderator, his chaplains and guests will attend a Dinner and performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, by invitation of the Governor of Edinburgh Castle. During the Tattoo, Dr Browning will perform the role of Salute Taker.

13 August

The Moderator will preach at the Choral Eucharist Patronal Festival Service, at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

16 August

The Moderator will attend “Faith in Ageing”, a Faith in Older People Conversation provided in collaboration with the JUST Festival, at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh. The conversation will provide an opportunity to consider ageing from different cultural and faith perspectives; to consider different theologies and supportive responses.

17 August

The Moderator will attend the induction service of the Revd James Aitken, as minister of Edinburgh: Corstorphine St Ninian's.

20 August

The Moderator will preach at Blantyre: Old’s 450th Anniversary Service, then attend a celebratory lunch with the congregation.

In the evening, the Moderator will speak on the topic “Ongoing Reformation as a Challenge and Opportunity”, at St John’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh. The evening is part of “St John’s Festival Pulpit”, a series of Evensong and Discussions marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, being held each Sunday during August.

22 August

The Moderator will speak at a Conference for Church of Scotland ministry candidates, being held at the University of St Andrew’s.

23 August

The Moderator will visit The Oasis, a CrossReach service in Garelochead, Argyll and Bute, for older people who require rehabilitation services and dementia day-care.

26 August

The Moderator will speak at the Community of Faith Conference in Dunfermline, organised by the Mission and Discipleship Council, where the Learn: Children and Young People publication will be launched.

27 August

The Moderator will preach at a service marking the bicentenary of Clackmannan Parish Church, and present a Long Service Certificate to an Elder who has completed 50 years’ service.

30 August

The Moderator will attend a meeting in Edinburgh organised by the Church and Society Council for church leaders from across Scotland, to support the launch of a campaign organised by the Child Poverty Action Group to increase Child Benefit by £5 per week, in an attempt to make a significant reduction in child poverty.