Bill, was a gentle soul who will be much missed, he always had a twinkle in his eye, his wife on his arm and a story to tell. Below is what his son had to say about his life.
Bearsden Festival of Stars leading up to Christmas is now underway. Last evening 100’s came along for the lighting of the community Christmas tree, the local primary schools sang, more stars were made, hot chocolate was drunk and the community gathered in joy and peace.
Before news of what is still to come here are some pictures from last night.
This afternoon the first of the family Christmas films took place – another one on 9th and 16th.
Keep an eye on facebook for news of all the activities and competitions. Including in the final week before Christmas a follow the star story trail, but for now some stars from All Saints.
Over the coming weeks the stars in and around the Church will grow in number as we await the appearing of the biggest star of all heralding the birth of Christ.
As we approach year b in the Lectionary, there will be three interactive discussions about the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s Gospel will be the main source of the Gospel readings over the coming year.
This isn’t a Bible study on Mark’s Gospel, rather it is an overview to help us get the most out the Gospel as we experience its unfolding, scene by scene as the year progresses.
Mark is the shortest and earliest of the Gospels. If can easily be read in a couple of hours. It would be beneficial if you can read it in one sitting before coming along.
Each week is independant, but you will get the most out of this short course, and indeed the coming year, if you can attend them all.
Thursday 19th October, Thursday 9th November and Thursday 23rd November.
All will begin in the Choir Vestry at 7.30pm.
Bring along your sense of humour and your open heart and mind. Coffee from 7:15pm.
Primus addresses the Anglican Communion Primates’ Meeting on Scottish Episcopal Church’s decision to change its Canon on Marriage
At the Primates’ Meeting today the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church was asked to explain the process undertaken by the Scottish Episcopal Church in its move towards an adjustment of its Canon on Marriage to enable those who felt called to offer marriage to same gender couples the ability to do so.
He explained that the process had included much prayer, theological debate, open and, at times, very personal testimony and that opportunity had been provided for groups throughout the Church to discuss this matter and to pray about it; this included the voice of the youth in the Church, the sharing of powerful words and stories from elderly members and hearing representation from those who hold a traditional understanding of marriage, those who see marriage as including same gender couples and those who have encountered exclusion in declaring their love.
The Primus also explained that the nature of decision reached by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, is such as to allow those of different views to continue to “walk together”. It recognises that there are different understandings of marriage and that no member of clergy is compelled to conduct any marriage against their conscience. Only those clergy who wish to solemnise marriages of same gender couples will be nominated to the civil authorities for authorisation to do so.
The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “In June the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to change its Canon on Marriage. This decision was ours to take as a self-governing province of the Anglican Communion.
“However, I recognise that this decision is one that has caused some hurt and anger in parts of the Anglican Communion and that the decision taken at the last Primates’ Meeting, which was to exclude our brothers and sisters in The Episcopal Church from debate on Doctrine and from Chairing Anglican Communion Committees, is a decision that now also pertains to us. We will continue to play our part in the Anglican Communion we helped to establish, and I will do all I can to rebuild relationships, but that will be done from the position our Church has now reached in accordance with its synodical processes and in the belief that Love means Love.”
Today was Harvest Thanksgiving at All Saints and we discovered that there is far more to a Tin of Baked Beans than first might meet the eye.
From farmers in Ethiopia growing, harvesting and drying the haricot beans before they make the long journey to the UK to meet up with the tomatoes, herbs, spices, corn, sugar beat, grown elsewhere, plus salt.
To the harvest of trees that made the labels, the harvest of minerals that made the can.
To the vast quantities of water used throughout the production process, not to mention the watering of the crops, and the energy needed at just about every stage.
At an average of 436 beans in a tin, there is almost as many process involved in getting those beans from soil to plate and a countless number of people from subsistence farmers, seasonal farm pickers, those on zero hours contracts in supermarkets and sailors away from hours for months at a time; to lorry drivers, factory workers, lumberjacks and buyers; to graphic designers, chemists, quality controllers and energy workers.
All to produce a seemingly simple everyday, tin of baked beans.
Today we gave thanks not only for God’s bounty, but we also remembered all those people from soil to plate who labour to give us the variety of food choices we enjoy. Including those who need our help to ensure they get a fair deal in producing the food we take for granted.
On Sunday 17th September as part of our September is for Stewardship and MAPping the congregation had the opportunity to take a Kenotic Bowl and fill it with God’s blessings to then take and share with others during the week.
The book ‘The Chinese Christology of T C Chao’ by Yongtao Chen, tells how Christianity in China had been influenced by Western ideas and ideals brought by Western missionaries; no surprise really once you think about it.
As early as 1582 when the Jesuit Matteo Ricci tried to convert the emperor and the upper classes, with the hopes that they in turn would win over the common people, by presenting Christianity through traditional Chinese learning. While Ricci was unsuccessful, the Chinese were more interested in the clocks than they were God, this approach was to return as the 20th century arrived and all western ideas and culture was frowned upon. T C Chao was one of the leading Christian theologians of the early 20th century and during the Anti-Christian movement of the 1920’s he urged Christians in China to de-westernise Christianity. Chao wasn’t alone, Jingxiong, another theologian of the period argued that, a Western view of Christianity could not meet the needs of Chinese people. China, they said needed to look at Christ through Chinese thought and culture and so Dao Christology, a Chinese theology, came into being. Yongtao Chen writes:
The purpose of a Chinese Dao Christology is not innovation, but the development of a relevant understanding of Jesus Christ in the Chinese context. Therefore, the task of constructing a Dao Christology is a matter not on innovation, but of interpretation, a process of hermeneutics that really matters.
The Chinese Christology of TC Chao by Yongtao Chen p332
One of the three metaphors that Yongtao Chen goes on to advocate in his book is that of an empty bowl linking Christ’s incarnation to the Chinese concept of Dao.
Dao, sometimes referred to as the Way, is understood in Toasim as a philosophy for living in harmony with the world. Dao has no beginning and no end, it can be empty, it can also contain all things. It is open to the outside and so can become a vessel for anything be it humble or grand, the same vessel is used. The nature of Dao is humility giving to all and containing all, being more like a servant than a lord. Lao Tze, said to be the founder of Taoism, wrote of Dao:
Which in being used can never be filled up.
Fathomless, it seems to be the origins of all things.
it blunts all sharp edges,
it unites all tangles,
it harmonizes all lights,
it unites the world into one whole.
So the congregation each got a bowl, and then were invited to fill their empty bowl with doves representing God’s blessings.
Further bowls over flowing with God’s blessings were placed around the church for members to take from and fill their own bowls, each represented a different aspect of worship.