The Saint Andrew Declaration is a new agreement between the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church. It states that each church formally recognises one another as part of the one church of Jesus Christ and it lays a firm foundation, through a series of Acknowledgements and Commitments for our two churches to work together in response to our common calling to minister to the whole people of Scotland. It was adopted overwhelmingly by both the General Assembly and the General Synod earlier in 2021.
At a service to celebrate the Declaration, the Most Rev Mark Strange, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and Lord Wallace, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, officially signed the Saint Andrew Declaration on behalf of the two churches. The service was held in St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh on November 30th and was live streamed.
From Life and Work, November 2021
In April 1816, Hugh Pritchard, a blind wandering minstrel, his wife and their five young children were journeying from Stranraer to Dumfries. The minstrel is described as “Seemingly upwards of 50 years of age, of very diminutive stature, the small part of his countenance that appeared above his bushy beard was of sallow complexion, very much pitted by the smallpox and no wise improved by his large sightless eyeballs, which seemed to roll instinctively as he moved his hand across the strings of the harp. His habiliments seemed to be just whatever chance had thrown his way”(more…)