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Date set for enthronement of new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway

The Right Reverend Kevin Pearson will be enthroned as the new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway at 12 noon on Saturday 4 July, at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow.
Bishop Kevin, who was elected at a meeting of the Episcopal Synod in January, is currently the Bishop of Argyll and The Isles and his election to Glasgow and Galloway represents a historic ‘translation’ of a Bishop from one See to another. The See of Glasgow and Galloway became vacant in 2018 following the retirement of the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan who had served the diocese as Bishop for eight years.

Bishop Kevin has served as Bishop of Argyll and The Isles since February 2011 and before that was Rector of St Michael & All Saints Church in Edinburgh, Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh and the Provincial Director of Ordiads (responsible for the discernment and selection process for candidates for ministry). He is also currently the Convener of the Council of the Scottish Episcopal Institute (responsible for the training of those entering authorised ministry) and serves on the provincial Standing Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Bishop Kevin was elected to Glasgow & Galloway by the Episcopal Synod, a body comprising the Diocesan Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In accordance with the Church’s canonical process, the right of election had passed to the Episcopal Synod, following previous processes of vocational discernment within the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway.

Following the election at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, Chair of the Episcopal Synod, the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church said:-

“I warmly welcome the unanimous election by the Episcopal Synod of Bishop Kevin as Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway. The election follows a period of vacancy and since the right of election passed to the Episcopal Synod during the summer of 2019, the Bishops have continued to listen carefully to the views of the Diocese and to engage in a process of ongoing prayer and discernment throughout theautumn.

“Bishop Kevin will bring his wealth of experience as a Bishop to his new role in Glasgow & Galloway as well as his deep love, knowledge and understanding of the Episcopal Church. As he prepares for this new ministry, we hold him and his wife Elspeth in our prayers.

“The Bishops are aware that, in electing Bishop Kevin, this will in due course create a new episcopal vacancy in Argyll & The Isles and we will look forward to supporting that Diocese as it seeks a new Bishop.”

Bishop Kevin said:-

“I am delighted, excited and humbled to be elected as the new Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway. I am looking forward enormously to entering this new phase of ministry and serving the people of Glasgow & Galloway. My wife Elspeth and I already know many in the Diocese but are also looking forward to living there and getting to know the people and the area better. We shall be very sad to be leaving the people of Argyll & The Isles which we have grown to love deeply over nine years of ministry there.”

Bishop Kevin is married to Dr Elspeth Atkinson who is Chief Operating Officer for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Prior to that Elspeth was Director of MacMillan Cancer Support in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and for most of her career held senior roles in Economic Development in Scotland.



West meets East

Our rector's son, Nathan Hazlett, reflects on cultural differences and common grounds between young people in China and the UK. Nathan spent seven months in 2013 teaching English in the Hunan Province of the People's Republic of China. Now, in July 2018, he prepares to return to teach young people who will likely define the coming Chinese Century.

An abridged version of this article appeared in the August-September 2018 issue of the magazine.

West meets East by Nathan Hazlett

The History of the Prayer Kneelers

Posted: 1st July 2018

The church has an array of beautifully-crafted prayer kneelers which you can't help noticing when you sit down in a pew. In this article you can read about the genesis and creation of the Millenium kneelers, as they are known, which was one of those spontaneous projects that grew out of a chance remark and involved a group of church people who gradually became friends through their joint project ....

The History of the Millenium Prayer Kneelers

People Like Us

On the eve of Refugee Week on 19-25 June 2017, Roland Parker reflects on the meaning of being a migrant.

Published in the June-July 2017 issue of the LINK magazine.

People Like Us

Why Christian Unity Matters

Gordon Mursell summarises the talk given by the Rev'd Dr John McPake in February 2017 at the 'Church & the Academy' series of lectures held at St Peter's RC church, Dalbeattie. If you would like to find out more about this ecumenical event, please contact Bishop Gordon Mursell, Father William McFadden or the Rev'd Sally Russell.

Published in the April-May 2017 issue of the LINK Magazine.

Why Christian Unity Matters