As we move into the summer there are two
areas of Church life that are to the fore. Firstly, we celebrate the 50th
Anniversary of the ordination of women in the Church of Scotland. We started
2018 by highlighting the overlooked achievements and talent of the author Susan
Ferrier who is buried in the Church Yard. By bringing her back to prominence we
prepared ourselves well for welcoming the mesmeric art installation 'Three
Women' 2008 by world renowned artist Bill Viola. These women have created a
sacred feminine space between the Font and the Anam Chara Chapel to challenge
us and to engage with us as we reflect upon their presence.
Secondly in this the Scottish Government sponsored 'Year of the Young
Person' I am delighted that our mentoring outreach programme has really taken
off. After delivering it to the Young Leaders at the Fet Lor Youth Club, Ben
Williams is now taking it forward with volunteer students at Edinburgh
University before taking it into the schools in the Autumn. Both of these are
really exciting areas for St Cuthbert's to be involved in and help us to
develop our shared ministry and outreach within the Parish and beyond.