Once again the SEITraining 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 Mark’s East Kilbride, St Mary’s Port Glasgow 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.
We thank those who have kindly donated theological books to SEI for onwards sale to the students. The money thus raised goes to the Brazil Fund to support our sisters and brothers in the Centro de Estudos Anglicanos, Porto Alegre, the seminary with which we are in partnership. However we are currently at saturation point as regards donated books and cannot, alas, accept any more. Neither can we accept any for the SEI Library itself, housed in the General Synod Office, as the shelves are almost at capacity, any vacant space being kept for texts listed in the indicative bibliographies of forthcoming modules.
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 the SEI grove here.
And just to readvertise the fact that applications are invited by the Alastair Haggart Bursary Fund Committee for the 2023 award. The Bursary is awarded annually in memory of Bishop Haggart, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1977-85). It aims to help finance sabbaticals or other similar leave of absence on the part of full-time ministers at a stage in the person’s life when such an experience will significantly enhance his or her development. The outcomes of the project should also be of benefit to the wider Church. Due to the recent generous legacy received from the estate of the late Mrs Mary Haggart, awards totalling up to £2,500 will be made in 2023. The Committee will convene in mid-January 2023 to make the adjudication and the winner/s will be notified by the end of that month. Simply complete the application form found here, and return it to the SEI Administrator by Monday 9 January 2023.
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