September Update

Thursday 27th August, 2015

The Revd Willie Shaw has been our chaplain for 3 years, and his curacy comes to an end at the end of the month. From October Willie will be looking after the congregations at Grangemouth and Bo’ness. His wife Sarah will be ordained priest this month and will be continuing her curacy at St Cuthbert’s, Colinton, where they will be living. Willie has served the Cathedral with compassion, and I know many have valued his pastoral care. He has made a significant contribution in the care of all the pupils at St Mary’s Music School, and the Men’s Group and the Junior Youth Group will especially miss him. Watch the weekly leaflet for details of our farewell to Willie.

Kenneth Fleming will be joining the Cathedral clergy team in October. Kenneth will be made deacon on Sunday 27th September at 3.30pm in the Cathedral. He knows the Episcopal Church well: he was one of the staff of the Church’s Theological College and is highly respected. I am delighted that he will be joining us. Kenneth writes:

“I am looking forward to becoming the new curate at the Cathedral. For the past year, I have been working as Bishop’s mission officer in the diocese. Prior to this, I lived in Germany, where I worked at Heidelberg University. My wife, Ute, is German and a minister in the Lutheran-Reformed tradition. We have two teenage children, Aidan and Tamsin, in their last years at school. We also have a border collie, Jamie.

I am Scottish, a theologian, and associate member of the Iona Community. I have lived for significant periods in Asia. A long time ago, I was a Buddhist monk in a Japanese order. Later, my wife and I worked for the national church in Thailand, as pastors of poor rural congregations. My theological interests lie in Christian-Buddhist studies and in inter-religious dialogue. Other interests touch on prayer and discernment, conflict resolution, justice, cross-cultural issues and ecumenical concerns. The interface between faith and daily life fascinates and challenges me the most. Other interests of a ‘religious nature’ for me include football and badminton! I have come to curacy in a roundabout sort of way. I even spent six years (2000-2006) working for the old Theological Institute, where I trained those going forward for ordination in the Episcopal Church. In the last few years, an insight from the Jewish psychologist, Victor Frankl, who survived the concentration camps of WWII, has accompanied me. He said that what is most important is not the abstract question regarding the meaning of life, rather it is our response to the questions that life itself sets before us. With that in mind, I look forward to sharing the next three years of life together, to meeting the congregation, to conversing and praying together with many, and sharing in common worship.”

This summer has been tinged with sadness with the deaths of two long serving and faithful members. David Lowther will be remembered with great affection, as will John Nuttall. Both in their own ways have touched the lives of many in so many different ways and will be greatly missed in and around the Cathedral and further afield. David was unmarried but had many friends in Edinburgh. John and Sadie were a beautiful couple, always at each other’s side: to Sadie and their daughters we extend our deepest sympathy. May John and David know that peace of God which passes all understanding. RIP.