In an article from the Press and Journal, today 3rd February, Bishop Mark speaks out against the ban on refugees by President Trump and his administration.
I have waited for a few days before commenting on the travel ban imposed by President Trump. I have waited in hope that the pressure of international political outrage and the protests in the USA itself would have encouraged the president to reconsider. That hope seems to be in vain. I was brought up to consider USA as a nation that welcomed the outcasts of the nations, the Scots and Irish, Eastern Europeans and refugees from the war-torn communities of the world. I often wished we had a Statue of Liberty reminding us all of the lead given by the USA in providing an example of welcome to the world. That makes what is happening all the harder to bear. At a moment in history when the pain and horror we see on the faces of Syrian refugees, the fear on the streets of the Yemen, when whole communities face destruction as we saw with the Yazidis in Northern Iraq, this is the time when the world needs the bright light of lady liberty at the entrance to New York. What we have is a policy that forces the people of the USA to turn their back on people from these communities because they are of the same faith as those who have been persecuting them. This is not the response I would expect from a Christian, it is not what Jesus would have us do. I pray that this decision will be overturned and that the land of liberty may take the lead in welcoming the most needy again.
The Bishops New Year Message for 2017
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All Congregations share Tea, Coffee and Fellowship after the Eucharist Service
St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool
25 Market Street
Eucharist Every Sunday 10 am
Wednesday Mid week Eucharists 11 a.m
St Mary by the Cross, Tongue
(Fir Chlis House of Prayer)
Old Kyle Road
12 noon on 1st Friday of the Month
Next Service on
Friday 3rd February
(Coigach Community Hall)
Monthly Service times;
2.30pm on 1st Sunday of the Month
Assynt Center, Kirk Rd,
2.30pm on 4th Sunday of the month
Next Service :
Sunday 22nd January,
then 26th February
The Ceilidh House
Overlooking the Harbour
April to September
6pm on 4th Sunday of the Month
October to March
12 noon Saturday on 4th weekend of month
Saturday 21st January at 12 noon
Saturday 25th February at 12 noon.
Looking for Host Families for International students,Dear Church Minister,I wonder if you might be so kind as to circulate an item – in your newsletter, online, or in another publication - for volunteers interested in welcoming international students to their homes for an occasional day, weekend, or for Christmas. I have included two pieces – one short, one very short - below, and would be happy to send you a longer piece, or a photo and logo, if appropriate.HOST is a charity, founded 29 years ago by the British Council, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Victoria League, which encourages international friendship and understanding by arranging for adult international students at universities in the UK to spend 1 – 4 days in a British home. Hosting is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from around the world and introduce them to our customs. HOST’s work is even more important at the moment with the recent increase of racist and xenophobic abuse across the UK.More information can be found on our website, www.hostuk.org, and I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the scheme.Thank you for your time.Best wishes,Kimberley Brough, HOST
Foodbank & Refugees
If you have any items for the foodbank (dried and tinned food items, disposable nappies, toiletries), please just bring them along to Church, and I will get them to where they need to be for collection. The request now is for summer clothing for refugees. Thank you for the way you have responded so far.
24th Day Prayers for Israel & Palestine
The Scottish Episcopal Church has been invited to be part of the Scottish ecumenical initiative, promoted by Christian Aid, in praying for Israel/Palestine on the 24th day of every month. This initiative was supported by a motion at General Synod which called for the recognition and support of the Pope’s recent recognition of the State of Palestine and his call for reconciliation. You may want to add this important work of prayer to your prayer diary for the 24th each month.