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  • Canon 31 discussion and vote: Proposed amendment to allow same-sex marriage

    The diocesan synod considered, among many other items of business, a proposed amendment to Canon 31, the marriage canon, that, if passed in the General Synod in June 2017, would allow same-sex marriage to become part of the life of the SEC.

    This is complex and divisive issue, and a very careful and respectful session considered the matter.  The amendment had been passed as a first reading at the General Synod in June 2016, and so comes out to the dioceses to supply opinions and information to the general synod.

    After careful and respectful discussion, summarised in the attached document, the results of the vote were:

    House of Bishops 1 in favour
    House of Clergy 5 in favour 2 against
    House of Laity 12 in favour 7 against
    Totals 18 in favour 9 against
    (67%) (33%)

    The attachment below has all the feedback provided by the table facilitators in the discussion session before the vote was held.

    Argyll and The Isles Canon 31 Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) discussion and vote 8 March 2017

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  • Diocesan conference and synod 2017

    The diocesan conference and synod will take place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th March 2017.

    The conference, held at SAMS Dunnstaffnage (see below) begins at 9.30am with coffee.

    The synod will start with the Synod Eucharist at 5.45pm in St John’s Cathedral, Oban, followed by the Synod dinner at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls.

    Business on the 8th March, again at SAMS Dunstaffnage, starts at 9am with coffee.


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  • Christmas Services Around the Diocese

    Advent and Christmas services in 2016

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  • OIKOCREDIT: Investing in People, Planet, Prosperity and Partners

    In 2015, social investing pioneer and co-operative, Oikocredit, celebrated its 40th Anniversary and initiation by the World Council of Churches.  Significantly, churches have always played an important role in Oikocredit, with the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church of Scotland being founder members of the co-operative alongside many others.

    Today, Oikocredit remains guided by the principle of empowering people in low-income countries –   believing that the most effective and sustainable means of assisting those in need is to provide them with an opportunity to create their own paths out of poverty through the instrument of investment.  Since 1975, Oikocredit has therefore placed over €2 billion of its investors’ capital in 1,670 social enterprise partners (such as Divine Chocolate, Cafédirect and their producers) to reach disadvantaged groups with vital finance and technical support.

    Investors’ capital is focused on small-scale agriculture, renewable energy, infrastructure and inclusive finance projects. In 2015, the latter ensured that 46 million people (particularly women and rural communities) received vital access to finance as well as educational programmes, training and other services.

    Today, Oikocredit is a unique, worldwide network of more than 51,000 investors. Investment is open to all institutions and eligible individuals via non-listed depository receipts in the Oikocredit International Share Foundation. The minimum investment is £150 (or €200).

    For more information, visit and email our Scottish Colleague, David Cousland at

    Written by: Monica Middleton, National Director Oikocredit UK and Ireland.

  • Very Rev Norman MacCallum RIP

  • Queen’s Birthday Honour for Millport Lay Chaplain


    All in the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Argyll and The Isles offer congratulations to Alastair Chisholm on being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last week. The official citation reads: “Alastair John Chisholm: Organist and Lay Chaplain, The Cathedral of the Isles, Millport. For services to Music and Culture on The Isle of Cumbrae”.

    This is recognition for the huge role Alastair has played over many years (1969-74 and since 1987) in encouraging the musical and spiritual life of the Cathedral of The Isles where he is both the Lay Chaplain (acting for the Provost, Bishop Kevin Pearson of Argyll and The Isles) and the Director of Music.  He has led this church community, fundraised for major renovation projects and been a constant support and encouragement to all in the life of the Millport cathedral.

    He is widely renowned not just for his music lectures and Sunday concert series, but also for the beneficial influence he had on hundreds (maybe thousands) of Largs Academy pupils as Head of Music there from 1975 to 1997.

  • Think-Pray-Vote: church resource for EU Referendum

  • Vacancy for West Highland Centre of Mission

    Exciting opportunity to lead a partnership between the diocese and Church Army:

  • Dr Geoff Headden RIP

    It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Dr Geoff Headden, lay reader in Kinlochleven in the West Highland Region.  He died suddenly on Saturday 23rd April.  Please keep his wife Ella and all the family in your prayers at this difficult time.  The details for the funeral, planned to be held in Kinlochleven, will be announced once they have been confirmed.

  • Conference and Synod gather: 8th March

    Representatives from charges all over the diocese are gathering at Dunstaffnage near Oban for two days of celebrating the mission of Argyll and The Isles.  The conference, “Mission Milestones” will be led by Isobel McNaughton, who led the original “Building the Vision” project in 2011, along with  Alison Clark, the congregational development officer for the diocese who had co-ordinated the five years of mission planning in the charges.  Bishop Kevin will start the synod with a eucharist in St John’s Cathedral in Oban on Tuesday evening, and the business of the synod will continue on Wednesday 9th March. Please keep all involved in your prayers, as we seek to discern what God wishes for this church in this place.

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