Guild News Oct 2017

The Director's Thoughts

As we enter in the Autumn season and head towards the new year, the Guild is ramping up for some exciting events in the months ahead. It is a time of gathering in and hunkering down for the winter ahead. As a former climate scientist and weather enthusiast, I love the change in the weather and the storms that lie ahead. They remind us of the beauty and fragility of nature, and our own vulnerability as humans. We need each other, and we need God who walks with us through all the storms.

Denis Duncan Lecture, is on 3rd November in Glasgow. It is going to be an amazing lecture given by The Very Revd. David Lunan who has a heart for healing ministry having served as convenor of the board of health and healing for the Church of Scotland. The venue is St George’s Tron Church, in the heart of Glasgow and led by The Revd Alastair Duncan, nephew of Denis! If you can’t make it on the night, do sign up on the website to watch it live online! This facility will allow anyone with an internet access, anywhere on planet earth to tune it – the Guild is going global.

On a more local level, I am also very excited to be launching a visiting campaign to all the branches with the help of The Revd Neil Bunker. Find out more in the magazine, and get in touch to organise your visit. We really want to find out about what you are doing in your local communities and what the Guild can do to support you.

I hope that you enjoy all the articles in this edition of Guild News, especially the article by our new President JIm McManus. It is wonderful that Jim has agreed to lend us his knowledge, energy and vision for the next three years, and we are excited to see where God is leading our organisation.

Finally, as we head through the storms of autumn into the heart of winter, may God bless you with love and peace as we await the birth of Jesus, the Emmanuel: God is with us.

Contents

Director’s Thoughts

A Presidential Vision

Report on the Mental Wellbeing, Neuroscience and Religion Conference

News in Brief

Expanded Reason Award Winners

The Guild Archive arrives at Lambeth Palace

The Peace Place Festival

Healing and Storytelling in the Hospice

Theos report Christianity and Mental Health

The Raphael Institute

Looking Ahead…

Higher Education Chaplaincy event

Clergy Training

The Denis Duncan Lecture

Poem: Will you promise too?

Out and about

Bread of Life

Why religion is good for your health

En Ecology of Health

A report on the Holy Rood House Summer School

Book Review: Hymns of Hope and Healing