The funeral of Margaret Douglas took place on Monday 6th December 2010 in Kilmarnock.
Margaret's husband Rev Peter Douglas, our Diocesan Chaplain, led the service with
great dignity saying it was the last thing he could do for his dear wife.
The service, a celebration of Margaret's life, contained many moments of humour as
Peter related Margaret's penchant for bread making, entertaining and knitting.
A friend of Margaret's spoke of Margaret's talent of letter writing extending to
writing some pertaining to be from the cat! Margaret's last advice to her friend
was 'give God a chance'.
We pray that Margaret rests in peace and rises in glory.
We pray for Peter as he grieves the loss of his dear wife.
Interfaith Exhibition on Domestic Abuse
Shoes signifying life journeys form the exhibition held at Paisley Abbey in early
December 2010. It was is based on an earlier YWCA project where 104 pairs of shoes
represented the two women who die each week from domestic abuse in the UK .
Mothers’ Union Diocesan President, Glasgow & Galloway,
Diocesan Office, 5 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2DH
The Revd Anne Tomlinson has written about “a fabulous early afternoon service” organised
by the Mothers’ Union on 25th November 2010 in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. She
said, “Entitled 'Service to Lay the Issue of Domestic Violence before God', it did
exactly that - through scripture, drama, silence, song, prayer and enacted intercession.
The photograph shows the weaving together of our shared prayer, each petition/thanksgiving
symbolised by a strip of cloth, laid down silently by each person present.”
The members of Mother's Union, Scotland, whose vision is of a world where God's love
is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships are supporting
bills due to be debated at the Scottish parliament, in the autumn. The aim of the
proposed legislation will be to reduce violence in the family. More....
A New Chaplain for Mother's Union
The Rev Peter Douglas was commissioned by +Gregor as the chaplain to Mother's Union,
Glasgow & Galloway Diocese at the Dedication Service in Holy Trinity, Kilmarnock
on Sunday 8th August.
The photograph above shows +Gregor, Peter, wearing his Mother's Union stole, Peter's
wife Margaret, seated at the front, Susan Groves who was commissioned as Faith &
Policy coordinator, Ann Glenesk the Diocesan President and most of the members in
attendance who travelled from various parts including Helensburgh, Ardrossan, Ayr
Mother's Union extends a warm welcome to Peter with the hope that as we journey together
we will all grow spiritually through the love of God.
Holy Trinity, Ayr, 15th May 2010
The members and friends of the Ayr branch of the Mothers' Union did Glasgow and Galloway
proud on Saturday, 15th May. The Festival service was greatly appreciated by everyone
thanks in no small part to the welcome, cooperation, hospitality and spirituality
extended to us all by the people of Ayr. Thank you one and all!
Heart for the City is a Christian Charity, with a vision of restoring and transforming
cities, for the Glory of God. The Glasgow International Christian Church is the local
church arm of Heart for the City, largely composed of relatively recent immigrants
from various parts of Africa and India. There are many families, and Mothers’ Union
Hearing that Mothers’ Union offers parenting groups, the members asked if a facilitator
could come and help them explore their parenting and discuss their problems. I was
lucky enough to be chosen; lucky because this was a group of enthusiastic mums, who
approached the meetings eager to explore ideas and techniques, ready to share their
experiences and advice. We discussed when to allow children to go to the park on
their own, how to ensure that the rules your family sets are adhered to and how to
persuade boys to eat vegetables, (answer: develop great acting skills, lick your
fingers and shriek with delight as you prepare a salad!) I was helped on a couple
of occasions by Enid Scobie and Hilary Moran.
We met for seven Tuesday mornings, the presence of several small children—without
exception gorgeous—only adding to the positive atmosphere. There was a final session
with the dads (always more nerve-wracking than all the previous sessions put together!)
where Hilary and I were met with great courtesy and rapt attention, and some very
perspicacious questions. Since most parenting groups are attended by only one parent,
a session for partners, briefly covering the main topics discussed, is invaluable,
as one of the recurrent themes of all parenting advice is consistency. Overall,
it was a very positive experience for me, and I received not only sincere thanks,
but also the promise of another group to meet with after Easter.
Ann Cook is one of four trained parenting facilitators in and around the Glasgow
area. If you are interested to join such a group and share parenting experiences
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for more from Heart for the City Branch.
Campaign for Body Confidence
A member of the Adrossan branch has alerted us to this campaign organised by Jo Swinson
MP and Lynne Featherstone MP.
The campaign pledges to ‘influence the fashion, beauty, diet, and media industries
– and the government to:
- ensure honesty and transparency in advertising,
- promote diversity of body shapes and sizes used in magazines, advertising,
broadcast and catwalk
- introduce media literacy and body confidence education in school
- give children positive examples of using their bodies by promoting active
lifestyles and less sexualised imagery
We believe that the pressure to conform to impossible stereotypes is damaging our
sense of well-being and leading to increasing unhappiness, anxiety, low self-esteem,
depression and eating disorders in women, particularly amongst young people and children
- and men’
Information and forms can be found at www.realwomen.org.uk. Please take the time
to support this campaign.
The campaign will feature in the May edition of the Mother’s Union Faith & Policy
By all working together we can make a difference.
Commissioning of Provincial President and Diocesan Trustees
Following the commissioning of Hilary Moran as our new Provincial President at the
festival service on 13 February 2010 in St Mary’s Cathedral, the Rev’d Scott Robertson,
MU Chaplain for Glasgow and Galloway commissioned the trustees of the Diocesan Mothers’
Union. With all the local members and visitors and friends from far and wide, it
was a joyful occasion. Full report of the event is available by clicking here...