September 18, 2019

These are hard times for Ministry in the Gaelic language.  In honesty I have to say that my first love, linguistically speaking, is the Doric of my native north-east Scotland.  As my friends know, I have been collaborating in the production of a Doric translation of th...

April 2, 2019

At a meeting of the congregation on Sunday 31st March, the congregation resolved, unanimously, to adopt the Church of Scotland's Unitary Constitution.  This will mean that the Kirk Session becomes responsible for all matters of governance, including finance and fabric,...

November 15, 2018

“Some of them have left behind a name, so that others declare their praise. But of others there is no memory; they have perished as though they had never existed; they have become as though they had never been born…but these also were godly people, whose righteous deed...

June 18, 2018

Many people were horrified when they heard of Mackintosh’s School of Art being destroyed by fire for a second time.  With it went the ABC, in its own way a significant Glasgow building where the people of Glasgow saw their first silent films in the earliest days of cin...

June 1, 2018

It has been a privilege to serve St Columba's as Interim Moderator during the past year.  The term Interim Moderator when applied to a congregation in the Guardianship of a Presbytery is a clear misnomer. Whilst I have the powers, and largely the duties of an Interim M...

April 14, 2018

 I often feel inadequate, as a non Gaelic speaker, to be Interim Moderator of St Columba's Church.  So it excites me greatly to find even the most tenuous link with Gaeldom.  In fact, although I don't speak Gaelic, my wife who comes from Skye, regards it as her first l...

December 14, 2017

Christmas draws ever closer.  It is a time of joy, as we decorate our homes, exchange gifts, and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Yet anyone with sensitivity cannot be joyful at Christmastime without thinking a little more of people whose circ...

October 28, 2017

I have been studying the history of St. Columba Gaelic Church. It is recorded that when Dr. Norman MacLeod accepted the call to the then newly built St. Columba's Church in Hope Street in 1835 (the predecessor of the present church), the Managers wrote to him enclosing...