Bishop Nigel writes: 'The massacre by Adam Lanza of twenty primary school children and six staff in Connecticut just before Christmas shocked us all, raising many uncomfortable questions about guns and violence, video games and family life which are relevant here in Britain also.'
The Rt Rev Dr Nigel Peyton, Bishop of Brechin, has today announced his appointment of the Rev Dr Francis Bridger as Dean of the Diocese of Brechin, and says 'Dr Bridger brings a long and wide experience of Anglican Church life and ministry development and I look forward to working with him in the Diocese of Brechin.'
An Advent reflection by Bishop Nigel: 'At this time of year, even amidst a recession, Dundee’s winter lights twinkle in the city centre and the commercial aspects of Christmas press in on us through enticing TV advertisements and shop windows. In a scene repeated in households across Courier country, at Bishops House we are gathering this year’s ‘must have’ presents, ready for our grandchildren’s Christmas visit.'
Edward Luscombe and Stuart Donald have between them produced a book under this title, which is subtitled 'Bishops who have held the Office of Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1704 to 2012'.
'It is done! Welcome, Bishop Ellinah!' With these words the Rt Rev Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town and Primate of the Province of Southern Africa, announced the news that the consecration of the Rev Ellinah Wamukoya as Bishop of Swaziland, one of our companion dioceses, had taken place on Saturday 17 November.
October is here, the nights are drawing in and the autumn television schedules are upon us. Another season of The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and all manner of celebrity-led and so-called reality shows beckon us to the sofa.
The Scottish Government has announced its intention to legislate for same sex marriage by 2015. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that she will work with the UK government to amend equality laws to protect churches from having to officiate at those unions unwillingly.
Our Companion Diocese of Swaziland made history in July when it elected Rev Ellinah Wamukoya as Bishop – the first woman bishop in the Anglican Province of Southern Africa. I have written to her to say how delighted I am with the news and to wish her every blessing in her new ministry.