The Moderator's diary
During their year in office, the Moderator visits four Church of Scotland Presbyteries; travels to partner churches overseas; represents the Church of Scotland on historic and national occasions; supports the work of Councils, Committees, congregations, and organisations; and meets with interfaith and ecumenical bodies.
Below are details of the engagements in the moderatorial diary this month.
- 4 September 2021
The Moderator will share a Reflection at the Guild Annual Gathering, which this year is being held at the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh.
- 5 September 2021
- The Moderator will read the Bible passage Colossians 1:15-20, at the ecumenical Climate Sunday Service being held in Glasgow Cathedral.
- 7 September 2021
In the morning, the Moderator and Principal Clerk will meet with Mr Shabir Beg OBE, Chair of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. In the afternoon, the Moderator will attend an online meeting of the Scottish Church Leaders’ Forum. This month, the regular attendees will be joined by Mr Robert Marshall (Head/Deputy Director, Connected Communities, Scottish Government) and Ms Lara Cook (Head of the newly established Scottish Government Faiths Unit).
- 8 September 2021
The Moderator will attend an online meeting of the Assembly Business Committee.
- 12 September 2021
The Moderator will preach at a commemorative service in Edinburgh: St Giles’, which will sadly mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
- 16 September 2021
In the morning, the Moderator will meet online with the Church of Scotland’s Chief Officer, Mr Dave Kendall. In the afternoon, the Moderator and the Church of Scotland’s Head of Communications will meet online with the Senior Team responsible for Religious Broadcasting on BBC TV and radio.
- 19 September 2021
The Moderator will remotely share his favourite hymn and reasons for choosing, at Buckhaven and Wemyss Parish Church’s Annual Songs of Praise service.
- 20 September 2021 - 21 September 2021
The Moderator will attend the Presbyterian Church of Wales Assembly, which this year is being held online.
- 22 September 2021
In the morning, the Moderator, Principal Clerk and Ecumenical Officer will meet online with Her Majesty’s British Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr Chris Trott, to discuss plans for COP26. In the afternoon, the Moderator will meet with Church of Scotland Chaplaincy Adviser, Rev Dr Sheena Orr, to discuss issues of mutual concern regarding the Criminal Justice system (high rates of imprisonment, mental health of individuals in prison, how the Church of Scotland can respond) as well as the Moderator’s online participation in the annual Prisoners’ Week Service.
- 24 September 2021
The Moderator and his wife, Lady Rosie Wallace, will attend the Friends of Kalimpong’s 121st Birthday Lunch in honour of Dr Graham’s Homes, India, which were founded by the Church of Scotland Mission Partner in 1900.
- 26 September 2021
The Moderator will preach and lead a prayer of re-dedication for the recently refurbished sanctuary at Dundee: Lochee, during a service on the occasion of the church's 150th Anniversary, before Lord Wallace and his wife join the congregation for lunch.
- 28 September 2021
The Moderator will attend an online Christian Aid COP26 Breakfast Briefing. Later in the morning, the Moderator and Principal Clerk will participate in a Walk organised by the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, welcoming those involved as they reach the Assembly Hall. The Walk is an annual event which involves the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society stopping at a variety of Edinburgh locations, to recognise the rich diversity of organisations with which they work. Just before lunch, the Moderator and Principal Clerk will meet representatives of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Scotland for a discussion on ‘peace’.
- 29 September 2021
The Moderator and Chief Exec of CrossReach will meet online with Mr Humza Yousaf MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care) and Mr Kevin Stewart MSP (Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care) to discuss Social Care Reform.
- 30 September 2021
In the morning, the Moderator will attend an online meeting of the Church of Scotland’s Communications Strategy Board. In the afternoon, the Moderator will preach and rededicate: the sanctuary, congregation and Carillon system, at Dunfermline Abbey’s Bicentenary Service.