Members across the Diocese are supporting this campaign, which runs from 25th November
– International Day Against Violence Against Women – to 10th December – International
Human Rights Day.
St Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Largs was the venue for a very moving ecumenical
service held on the first day of activism in 2014. The resources for the service
were provided by the Mothers’ Union 16 days pack (click here for more details).
The short service raised awareness of domestic abuse and what we can do to support
those in abusive situations and campaign for tighter laws. There are some startling
statistics. It is estimated that between 23 – 37% of women across the different regions
of the world suffer violence from an intimate partner; and that 38% of all women
murdered across the world are killed by their partner. Sexual violence is endemic
across the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 48 women are raped every hour
and in Lesotho, 61% of women report having suffered sexual violence at some point
in their lifetime.
In the UK 127 women have been killed so far this year at the hand of their partner.
At the end of the service we tied up 127 white balloons to represent these women
and some men, that are also killed.
Hilary Moran, a Mothers’ Union member who attends the church, introduced the service.
She said she thought the drama (above) was particularly moving and she felt well
supported by her church.
There was a collection for Scottish Women’s Aid at the end of the service. On just
one day of 2013 in Scotland, 341 women and 257 children and young people were living
in a Women’s Aid refuge, 809 women and 319 children and young people were supported
by a Women’s Aid group, 82 women and 12 children and young people contacted Women’s
Aid for the very first time, 37 women and 22 children and young people asked for
refuge accommodation, but Women’s Aid groups were unable to find suitable spaces
for 19 women and 5 children and young people.
If you are affected by domestic violence and need immediate help, contact Women's
Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.
You can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234 (also provides help
The drama along with other resources is available for download from our Resources
Autumn Council 2014
Members of St Ninian’s Pollokshields provided a warm welcome and generous hospitality
for our Autumn Council on Saturday 18th October 2014.
It was a special day for members as they had the joy of welcoming two new office
bearers – Rev Lucy Ireland (above left) is our new Diocesan Chaplain and Elaine McAlpine
(above right) is our new Diocesan Secretary.
Rev Lucy who is a member of the East End Ministry Team in Glasgow spoke of the importance
of members being part of a community whose success and smooth running is dependent
on God being at the centre of all our thoughts, deeds and actions.
Elaine’s talent and enthusiasm is a welcome addition to the Trustee Board.
The main business of the meeting were two Power Point Presentations – Mission during
Commonwealth Games, which can be downloaded by clicking here (13MB), and Visit to
Sweden, which will be available to download from this page soon.
Grateful thanks go to Rev Paul Romano and the people of St Ninian’s for giving MU
members across the diocese the joy of worshipping God at St Ninian’s.
Special thanks to Lesley, Aileen, Val and all who helped with the hospitality. The
soup and cakes were a delight!!
In Tune with Glasgow 2014
On the second evening of the Commonwealth Games, Thursday 24th July, the Diocese
held an evening of light music and traditional tunes at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow
to celebrate the work of the Mothers’ Union across the commonwealth.
With the Glasgow Senior Citizen Orchestra and the Clyde Coast Strathspay and Reel
Society with Scottish Country Dancers, we had a very enjoyable evening of music and
dancing while raising money for the MU Overseas Fund. There was also a special appearance
by members of the Ugandan games delegation.
To see more pictures from this event, please click here.
MU Chaplain – Thank You
On Saturday June 14th, MU members met at Rev Peter Douglas’ home for a final time
as Peter relinquished his role as MU Chaplain, prior to retiring from his ministry
at Holy Trinity, Kilmarnock, in July.
This was no sad time, but a joyous occasion as all present, including Beth the dog
enjoyed worship, a wide ranging and delicious BBQ and fantastic company
Peter’s chaplaincy has inspired members through his worship, spirituality hospitality
and joyful exuberance. Ministry in Africa with MU gave Peter insight into what is
possible when a Christian organisation focuses on being God’s witnesses. In G&G
we try to follow that ethos.
Members would not be surprised if an MU branch opens up soon in Malaga!
Members from across the diocese travelled to St John’s Church, Dumfries on Saturday
10th May to join with members from the Galloway region as they celebrated the 65th
anniversary of being a part of the Worldwide Mother’s Union.
The service presided over by +Idris and Revd Canon Robin Paisley took the theme of
‘Sowing The Future Together’. Lynne Tembey Worldwide President gave the address
and readings were done by Jean McPherson Richardson (Provincial President) and Ann
Glenesk (Diocesan President). In addition the many Glasgow and Galloway members who
were present along with all the banners from their branches we welcomed Olu Akitoye
from Lagos, Nigeria and Angela Klabou from Chester – two of our linked dioceses.
After a most joyful service we headed out into the church grounds where, dodging
the rain showers, Lynne Tembey planted a commemorative tree (Cornus controversa variegate
– The wedding Cake Tree). Elsie Murray one of our trustees had written a blessing
that we all sang to the tune of ‘Ye Banks and Braes’ (most appropriate given the
Burns connection to Dumfries.
Lunch then followed in the church hall, all provided by MU members from the region,
and truly delicious.
After lunch, entertainment had been laid on. Two very talented young men from St
Jon’s congregation along with their pianist sang a selection of arias and ditties.
This brought to a close a full and most enjoyable day. Click here to see more pictures
from the day.
The Diocese has introduced a Newsletter to keep everyone informed in between issues
of Newslink. Please click here to download the latest edition. There are lots of
events over the next few months so please take a look. Some are publicised on the
Spring Council 2014
A total of 46 people worshipped God and enjoyed fellowship at our Spring Council
at St Ninian’s, Prestwick.
Members received a lovely warm welcome from Rev Jane Ross and members of the congregation.
The church is a delight and members responded with joyous singing led by Peter our
Chaplain and Elsie our organist.
At Spring Council members shared their stories of reaching out to others – each a
source of inspiration.
The slides for my report to Council can be seen by clicking hereand more photos
from the day can be seen by clickinghere.
Members look forward to being together again at the Festival Service on May 10th
at St John’s Dumfries. Each Festival service offers thanks to God and this year
we will give thanks for the members and mission which has taken place in the South
Galloway Region over the last 65 years. Lynne Tembey the Worldwide President will
be with us and will be giving the address. Jean Richardson the Provincial President
and many of our links will also be in attendance. All are most welcome to attend
– the trustees look forward to seeing you there.
With love and my prayers
SOWING THE FUTURE TOGETHER
- THE MU theme for 2014
A New Year Message from the Diocesan President
A Happy New Year to you and to all those with whom you engage!
Mothers’ Union delights for 2014 include:
Lady Day Service at St Ninian’s Prestwick 22nd March,
Provincial Retreat 25th -27th March,
Make a Mothers’ Day – 30th March,
Festival Service and the 65th anniversary of the Dumfries Branch with Worldwide and
Provincial Presidents attending – 10th May,
The General Meeting Belfast 20/21st June
Plus ALL LOCAL BRANCH EVENTS
I write to extend an invitation to attend a meeting of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender (LGBT) group – the Provost of the Cathedral the Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth,
who suggested this meeting will be present at St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday 20th
January at 7:30pm.
The purpose of the meeting is to exchange views between members of LGBT group who
wish equality in marriage and members of Mothers’ Union.
Can anyone who has a particular interest in this issue and/or who will attend meeting
please let me know by email (click here to email Ann).
Papers will be sent to those attending a week prior to meeting.
Let us hope and pray that as a Diocese we sow the future together by seeing the world
through the eyes of Christ, speaking to those we meet with the words of Christ and
taking with us on our journeys the peace of Christ!