Donors in December-January

Sales of second-hand theological books have garnered a great deal of money for SEI’s Brazil Fund in the past two months. The Fund supports the work of our sisters and brothers in the Centro de Estudos Anglicanos, Porto Alegre, the seminary with which SEI is in partnership.

The Revd Beki Cansdale kindly brought a large consignment of theological books to Perth in December, whilst in January Mrs Ruth Harris donated a similarly extensive collection from the library of her late husband, the Revd Fergus Harris, formerly Rector of St John’s Perth. From these two generous donations £165 was raised – to the benefit of our Brazilian friends and the extension of the students’ libraries!

Once again SEI’s Training Fund has benefited from receiving deputising fees which would otherwise have been paid to the Revd Sally Gorton, Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. We thank Sally and the charges she has served in the past two months: St Augustine’s Dumbarton and St Cuthbert’s Cambuslang. Such money goes directly to supporting students training full-time via New College or the Mixed Mode pathway. Currently there are three candidates on these pathways. Donations to this Fund are always gratefully received; please use the contact page on the web site if you’d like to know more about how to go about doing so.

Similarly the Training Fund has benefited from receiving pastoral supervision fees that would otherwise have been paid to the Revd Canon Robin Paisley, Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. This month we thank the Revd Lindsey Sanderson, Minister of the East Kilbride and Hamilton Joint Pastorate of the URC in the National Synod of Scotland, for her kind donation, and of course Canon Paisley himself.

The SEI Grove planted by Trees for Life at Dundreggan in Glenmoriston continues to grow steadily. Staff and students donate to this site every time they travel by car to a residential weekend or similar SEI-related event rather than by public transport. It is a way of supporting wildlife and biodiversity in Scotland’s mountains. The trees, planted in a protected hillside estate near Loch Ness in which are grown pinewoods, birch and juniper woodlands, wetlands and wildflower meadows, will store carbon throughout their natural lifespan as mitigation for the carbon dioxide emitted during travel. If you are interested in adding to the grove, please visit here.

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