The Moderator's diary

October

1 October

The Moderator will preach at the morning service at the Scots Kirk in Paris.

2 October

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

3 October

The Moderator will attend “Reconciling Relationships”, a Place for Hope Partners Seminar in Edinburgh, which will explore the nature of faith-based conflict transformation.

In the evening, Dr Browning will attend a Reception hosted by Roseanna Cunningham MSP at Edinburgh Castle, to mark the award of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Shackleton Medal to Ms Christiana Figueres, in recognition of her contribution to the Paris Agreement.

4 October

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

5 October

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

In the evening, Dr Browning will be a guest at the Seafarers UK Scotland Centenary Celebration Dinner, at The City of Glasgow College. Seafarers UK has been supporting people in the maritime community for 100 years, by providing vital support to seafarers in need and their families, and to those in education or training who are preparing to work or serve at sea.  Each year, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland assumes the role of Vice President of the charity.

6 October

The Moderator will host a Dinner on the subject of climate change. 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 second in a series of dialogues he will host during his year in office. Those attending “The Table of Creation” will consider how they can inspire people and communities to live lives without the need for fossil fuels.

7-16 October

The Moderator and his chaplain, Anne Mulligan DCS, will visit the Presbytery of Glasgow. The ten day programme will include speaking and preaching engagements, time with local students and congregations, as well as visits to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 'The Well' Multi-Cultural Resource Centre, the Lodging House Mission and one of the WEvolution Self-Reliant Group projects.

19 October

The Moderator will host a Religious Leaders' Forum, organised by Interfaith Scotland, at the Church of Scotland Offices in Edinburgh. Attendees will share news from their faith communities, and hear from some of the Muslim and Christian young people recently returned from an interfaith visit to Rwanda.

20 October

The Moderator will preach at Stirling Allan Park South’s 150th Anniversary Thanksgiving Evening Service, before enjoying a buffet supper with the congregation.

22 October

The Moderator will preach at the morning service in Edinburgh: Canongate Kirk.

23 October

The Moderator will meet with BBC Scotland’s Head of Public Policy & Corporate Affairs, the BBC’s Director of Radio & Education, and the BBC’s Radio & Music Multiplatform Controller; at the BBC Scotland Office in Glasgow. The Principal Clerk, as well as the Convener and Secretary of the Church and Society Council will also attend the meeting, which will involve a discussion on the BBC’s Religion, Philosophy & Ethics programming.

24-27 October

The Moderator; his chaplain, Anne Mulligan DCS; the Principal Clerk and the Church of Scotland’s Ecumenical Officer, will visit Rome. The four day programme will include time with: the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the Co-ordinator of the Mediterranean Hope Refugee Programme and the British Ambassador to the Holy See, as well as visits to the Scots College and Rome: St Andrew's congregation.

29 October

The Moderator will preach and present long service certificates at Dunoon: The High Kirk's 200th Anniversary Service.  Dr Browning will then enjoy lunch with the congregation.

30 October – 7 November

The Moderator and the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council Secretary will visit Germany and Sweden. On 31 October, Dr Browning will be a guest at the Reformation Day Service in Wittenberg.