We begin our round-up this month by thanking St Cuthbert’s Colinton (Diocese of Edinburgh) for its immensely generous donation of £13,000, offered annually from August 2020 for five years. The money is given in order to support a full-time student, that is someone doing their academic studies at New College, Edinburgh, alongside their SEI formation, or else one of the Mixed Mode students who work for 20-25 hours in mission and ministry each week in a placement context alongside their SEI studies.
The first recipient was the Revd Rachael Wright (Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane). Rachael was ordained at Michaelmas 2022.
The funding now supports another ordinand from that diocese, Ross Stirling-Young. Like Rachael, second year candidate Ross is on the Mixed Mode pathway, working as part of the Central Fife Centre of Mission (St Luke’s Glenrothes and St Finnian’s Lochgelly). We are hugely grateful to St Cuthbert’s for its generosity and thoughtfulness in supporting these two students through their studies. Perhaps the example of this congregation may encourage your charge to consider supporting a full-time student? If so, please use the Contact page on the web site if you’d like to know more about how to go about doing so.
Once again SEI’sTraining Fund has benefitted 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 month: St Oswald’s Kingspark and St Cuthbert’s Cambuslang (Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway).
Warm thanks are also extended to the congregation of St Columba’s Bathgate and St Peter’s Linlithgow (Diocese of Edinburgh) for the very generous donation received following the institution of the Revd Rosie Addis as Rector of the linked charge on 1 March. The money received in these ways 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.
We are also extremely grateful to the Revd Felicity Shaw (Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane) for the kind donation of clerical vestments which she brought to Perth during our last Residential Weekend. Lay Reader and clergy garb is always eagerly received by the students, it being extremely expensive to purchase new.
Alas we can no longer accept donations of theological books, having reached saturation point both as regards the SEI Library itself and what can be transported to Perth for onwards sale to the student body, with the money going to the Brazil Fund. Linda Harrison, SEI’s Administrator, has researched some methods that can be used by those wishing to pass on theological books. She has compiled a list of online resale sites which have been road-tested by SEI staff and found to operate well, and this she will pass on to anyone wishing to donate books to SEI.
If you’d like a copy of this list, please use the Contact Page. Money made by using these sites can then easily be donated to SEI’s Brazil Fund by BACS if wished.
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