Posts Tagged ‘Church of Scotland’

To boldly go…

August 31, 2010 2 comments

Hello blog.

I have not blogged in a LONG time. I have been on holiday from university and took that as an opportunity to take an actual holiday from most things, including social media- well some of it.

Anyway, I appear to be back.

This Friday I am going to the National Youth Assembly 2010- To Boldly Go…
This shall be my 6th (!) Youth Assembly. I am old.

I think I write about it most years, so I shall keep it short.

You can follow all the goings on in the blog world via…this link
Also people will be twittering under the hashtag #nya2010 or the user @cosy_nya

I’m hoping for good debates. I’m hoping that people will speak and share their stories, their views. I’m hoping people will feel included. I’m hoping for fun. I’m hoping people will meet God.

This song speaks these hopes I think…
People have names, people have voices.

walking by faith. still.

May 16, 2010 3 comments

Today I was ordained as an elder.
It feels like it has been such a long journey as the preparation has been consuming a lot of time.
Yet, I am still young. I have so much to learn. But I have been so encouraged by the people around me. I love the church; my family. I want to serve and I have been called to. I am so excited, so nervous about all that is to come. It’s such a responsibility but one that will hopefully be so rewarding.

I got more than one card with this verse on it…

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

1 Timothy 4:12

It’s a verse that is constantly said to young people but it’s never rung more true than at this moment in my life.

“All roads lead to Rome”

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

As I mentioned previously, I was in Rome on the 12th-15th March with the Church of Scotland. Rome is an amazing city and has so much history. A weekend really wasn’t long enough-I definitely want to go back for a longer period of time and learn more. I took a lot of photos. A lot of them were not very good but I shall put a small number of them here. I have had to make them quite a bit smaller so they fit better on here. The thing with taking pictures in Rome is I am not sure any picture can really do it justice. Everything is so big, which is perhaps an odd thing to say, and beautiful. I was going to talk more about the weekend but I have an essay to write about insurance policies which is definitely less exciting but sadly must be done. Ah well.

St Peter’s Square…

Looking up into the dome…

The colosseum (HUGE)…

Squeezing my camera lens through the fencing whilst on our way to the top of the dome…

Reaching the top of the dome 500+ steps later for an amazing view of Roma…

We went on a tour bus. There were people hanging about in togas, presumably with a purpose but it was not clear…

This is what dreams are made of.

March 5, 2010 1 comment

I am going to Rome on Friday with COSY (Church of Scotland Youth) for the weekend. I am so very excited! I am using this as an excuse to watch the Lizzie McGuire Movie whilst attempting to write the essay that is due in the day I come back from Rome. Going to be my earliest hand-in on record! The film is ridiculous but it IS set in Rome and it looks pretty. Excitement level= eeeeeeeeeeyyaaaaah. Yep.

Anyway, I shall write all about it when I come back.

“Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of…”

On another COSY note. The cosyblog is back and there is youth assembly 2010 chat so you should go and have a look! 🙂

we’ve got to carry each other, carry each other.

May 23, 2009 Leave a comment

This week the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meet and the main focus of the media on the event has been on the events that will take place tonight; the case concerning the decision of Aberdeen Presbytery and the Overture. I am not going to write about my opinion on it, because it’s been said by people, in other blogs, much more clearly than I could ever do. I am nevous about the proceedings, I am worried about the conflict. My main hope is that whatever the outcome people will show love, show love to each other. There will be disagreement but I hope no one will condemn anyone for such opposing views. A big learning curve for me, in my church life, is that treating people with love and grace is vitally important, something Jesus continually talked about; “Love your neighbour…”. Sometimes, we fail but we can always learn from this. I hope and pray there is love shown, from both sides, and that the proceedings are peaceful. The protests this morning, showing personal attacks through the signs displayed were hurtful and I really, really hope this is not something that is continued into tonight.

I like U2:

“One life
With each other

One life
But we’re not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other”

The General Assembly, of course, has so many other items of business to attend to and yesterday showed that this business was not being set aside as being of any less importance. I sat in the public gallery which made me realise how amazing it is to be a youth rep at the Assembly and how much I missed it, but it was good to watch proceedings and see lots of people again. Communion from the public gallery was really moving; even though we were not commissioners we were still included in the worship and this demonstrated to me how inclusive the assembly is. The Church and Society council report took up most of the day. I was really impressed with the clear passion displayed regarding climate change, which attracted a lot more debate than I expected. Throughout the report I was moved by many commissioners speeches but one that particularly stuck out was one given by Rev Peter Johnston, regarding the use of torture. It seemed vital for the church to affirm this; something that continues to happen despite the clear opposition to it in law within human rights legislation. It still continues to happen and the church affirming that the use of torture should be deplored demonstrated to me its willingness to enforce and uphold its moral stance.

That is all I shall say for the moment. I miss GA a lot currently but I’m so happy to be able to be a geek and follow it from either the gallery or the web. Finally, for tonight, I hope there is peace and I hope there is love. I also hope there is continued fellowship and friendship; things that have been so evident to me over my time at GA.