I am delighted with the news that the Revd Sheilagh Kesting is to be Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland next year. She has worked very hard at forming and improving links with other churches as well as other faiths, and has many personal gifts to bring to her new role as from May 2007. In actual fact, I have no doubt that the round of publicity and preparation begins as from now. She was licensed in the Presbytery of Stornoway in the late 1970s if memory serves me correctly. She was cordially welcomed into the church national at her home church of St Columba’s, Stornoway, where I was a member. Quite an event, as Stornoway then, as now, had no female ministers in the area. Her graciousness struck me then, and has done on many difficult occasions since.
God will no doubt enjoy the journey as much as I Hope Sheilagh does!