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  • Rev Canon Hugh Lee RIP

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Rev Canon Hugh Lee. He died on Sunday 21st May after a few weeks of illness.

    In 2014 Hugh was made an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of the Isles, Cumbrae, after serving as Synod Clerk to Argyll and The Isles (2004-2014) and Rector of Cowal and Bute up to his retirement in 2006. Prior to that he served as an incumbent in the dioceses of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld and Dunblane and Glasgow and Galloway. He was ordained priest in 1968 from Edinburgh Theological College.

    Please keep his wife Christiane and his children and their families in your prayers. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.  The funeral will take place at Holy Trinity, Dunoon on Thursday, 1st June at 11.30am.

  • Rev Ken Skipper RIP

    It is with sadness that we announce the death of Rev Ken Skipper who was for some years the Priest at St Columba’s on the Isle of Islay.

    Ken died peacefully on 7th May at home in Lincolnshire with his family.

    The funeral service will take place at 2pm on Saturday, 20th May at St Columba’s, Isle of Islay.

    Please keep Ken’s wife, Christine, and the family in your prayers at this time.

  • Announcement of Licensing

    Announcement of Licensing. The Reverend Amanda Fairclough will be licensed by Bishop Kevin as the Priest in Charge of the West Highland Region Charges and as Lead Evangelist of the Church Army Centre of Mission on Thursday 20th July 2017.  The service is planned to take place in St Mary’s Glencoe in the evening of that day: precise details will be shared in the next few weeks.  Please keep Amanda and the people of the West Highland Region in your prayers as they prepare for the start of this new and exciting ministry.

  • Bishop Kevin’s Easter Message

    Fear is the real issue Jesus addresses at his resurrection. Fear of terrorism, fear of not winning, fear of being found out, fear of not being important. And the greatest human fear, who cares anyway?

    God cares.

    That’s the truth of the resurrection story. Jesus calls me by my name, as he called Mary in the garden, all he said to her was ‘Mary’ and all her fears died, became unimportant. She saw them in a new light, the light of resurrection, of love that is of God. Her great fear that she was not significant enough to be loved by God died, ceased to hold her to ransom.

    The story of Jesus’ trial and death, is the story of failure, disappointment, loneliness, betrayal. The story of daily life for ordinary people who live with this story day by day. When in faith we say, Jesus calls me by my name, we acknowledge that we are made in God’s image, and God cares because God is love. In the story of the resurrection, we see that failure and death in life, never are the last word. Love is always a possibility, it speaks across hurt, failure, division, it speaks to our fears and they die. Even physical death, God who cares gives us memory so that with Jesus we call the beloved by their name.

    The recent pictures of the terrorist attack in London were harrowing, but many were pictures of love which speaks across hurt, failure, division. Paramedics, security police, MPs, passers-by from all nations and faiths, stopped to help the injured, hold the dying in the warmth of human contact. They weren’t asking if the individuals were terrorists, or asylum seekers or immigrants. The Holy Spirit of intuitive love simply responded to the needs of those made in the image of God.

    The very proclamation of resurrection that Love speaks across hurt, failure, division.

    Love calls me by my name and lives

    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

    +Kevin, Argyll and The Isles

  • Live and Work at Bishop’s House on Iona

    Opportunities to live and work at Bishop’s House on Iona, in one of the diocesan retreat houses – for details please click here

  • Clergy on the Move in Argyll & The Isles

    Oban Cathedral

    The Very Reverend Nicki McNelly, Provost of the Cathedral since 2012, is to be the new Rector of St Cuthbert’s, Colinton, in Edinburgh Diocese. Her last Sunday in post as Provost of the Cathedral, and as the Rector of St James’ Ardbrecknish, will be June the 25th. Nicki served in Edinburgh Diocese prior to her appointment as Provost in Oban.

    Nicki, as she announced the move to the Cathedral, said, “These major personal decisions always give rise to mixed feelings – on the one hand I look forward with anticipation to a new challenge, while on the other hand my feelings are tinged with sadness because I’m sincerely grateful for having had the opportunity to work with you here at St John’s.”

    West Highland Region and Church Army Centre of Mission

    The Reverend Amanda Fairclough has been selected to be the Priest in Charge and Lead Evangelist for the West Highland Region, subject to the completion of the usual checks.   Amanda is presently an Assistant Priest in Warrington, in Liverpool Diocese, and is also a member of the Church of England General Synod and the Church Commissioners for the Church of England.

    The West Highland Region includes the Scottish Episcopal charges in Duror, Ballachulish, Onich, Glencoe and Kinlochleven.  The Church Army Centre of Mission is a new partnership project to reach the unchurched in that area.

    Amanda said, “I’m really looking forward to working with the people of the West Highland Region, many of whom I have enjoyed meeting on Sundays during my previous holidays to the region. To be called to live and serve in such a beautiful place is an enormous privilege. I am particularly excited that we will be setting up a new Centre of Mission in partnership with the Church Army, and I’m praying that God will lead us to reach out to people through fresh expressions of church as well as the famous Highland gift of hospitality.”

    Her licensing as the Priest in Charge and Ordained Lead Evangelist is planned for July 2017.  More details will be provided nearer the time.

  • Holy Week and Easter in Argyll and The Isles

    Most of our churches keep Holy Week with special services and times of prayer.  Some details for some churches are on the link below.

    Have a blessed and peaceful end to your Lent and a joyous Easter celebration!

    Holy Week and Easter Services 2017

  • 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

    For more information, contact the diocesan office on

  • 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.


    Scottish Marine Institute
    Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA

    Location – Click to See

  • Christmas Services Around the Diocese

    Advent and Christmas services in 2016

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