The Moderator's diary

December

15 December

The Moderator will attend the New College Carol Service for students and staff, and provide a seasonal reflection.

17 December

The Moderator will preach at the morning service at Queen’s Park Govanhill in Glasgow as they celebrate the 150th anniversary year of the opening of the church building.

20 December

The Moderator will meet with the Scottish Government's Head of Connected Communities Division, Mr Robert Marshall.

25 December

The Moderator will volunteer with the charity Crisis at the Southside Community Centre in Edinburgh as they provide immediate support to people experiencing homelessness.

26 December to 8 January

The Moderator will enjoy a period of holiday time.

January

11 January

The Moderator will host a Dinner on the topic of development in Scotland. 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 eighth in a series of dialogues he will host during his year in office. Those attending “The Table of Respectful Dialogue” will consider the most significant recent developments in Scotland and how to achieve further change in the country.

12 January

The Moderator will host a Dinner on the topic of ecumenical relations. This will be the ninth in a series of dialogues he will host during his year in office. Those attending “The Table of Ecumenism” will consider how Christian denominations should work and share together whilst retaining their distinctive traditions.

16 to 29 January

The Moderator; his chaplain, the Revd John McMahon; World Mission’s Council Secretary and Middle East Secretary, plus the Moderator of the National Youth Assembly, will visit Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine. The two week programme aims to strengthen bonds of friendship and highlight work being done, and will include time with Palestinian leaders as well as visits to the Jordan baptismal site, a Syrian refugee camp and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

30 January

The Moderator will visit the University of Glasgow; meeting academic staff and students, as well as preaching and celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the University Memorial Chapel.

31 January

The Moderator and the Church of Scotland’s Interfaith Programme Officer, Ms Mirella Yandoli, will visit the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s administrative office and mosque in Glasgow and meet with key individuals.

In the evening, Dr Browning and Ms Yandoli will attend a service at the Gurdwara in Glasgow, followed by a shared meal with the Sikh community.