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‘From Jeely Piece to Jane Haining’

Jackie Macadam meets social worker turned author Mary Miller.

“IT’S about community. It’s always about community.”

Mary Miller, mother, minister’s wife, professional and now author of a new book about the life of Jane Haining, lives what she believes. Born into a well-to-do Edinburgh family, Mary spent most of her adult life living in housing schemes in some of the poorest parts of Scotland with husband, the Very Rev Dr John Miller and family.

“I was born and brought up in central Edinburgh where my father was an advocate”, she told me.

“We didn’t have strong church connections, to be honest. We had something of a ‘hatches, matches and dispatches’ sort of relationship with the church.

“I went to Oxford University to study modern languages and a postgraduate degree in medical social work at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities thereafter.

“Round about that time my sister was engaged and wanted to marry at the Canongate Church. Of course some attendance was required, so she asked me to come along with her to the services so that she wouldn’t feel so out of place.

“The first time we went I met a student assistant minister who I fell in love with at first sight.

“I was 18 and he was 23. Luckily he liked me as well and we quickly began going out together. And that was how I met John. “Being a student minister obviously the church was very important to him, and so it became important to me to find out about it and I did some serious cramming about the Church of Scotland!

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IN THIS ISSUE BRINGING CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION Toilet Twinning and AquAid 'FROM JEELY PIECE TO JANE HAINING' Mary Miller and her new book 'COME TO CHURCH' The Weekend of Invitation BAKING BREAD The work of CrossReach project, Threshold and much more ......