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Climbing the Stairs

In the second part of a series considering people on the move, the Rev Richard Baxter reflects on the story of Jacob.

IF you want to cross the country, you have to climb the stairs.

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At Banavie, near Fort William, there is a place known as Neptune’s Staircase. It is a series of eight canal locks, the longest staircase lock in the United Kingdom. Through these locks boats, ships and barges can pass, climbing one step at a time, to get from sea level up into the Caledonian Canal, twenty metres higher. Once into the canal, vessels can cross the country from Loch Linnhe on the west coast to Inverness on the Moray Firth. But to cross the country, they first have to climb the stairs.

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About Life and Work

The month of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will be almost upon us as this issue reaches our readers. Reports will be debated and pronouncements made on a wide range of issues. One thing will be evident: the wind of change will begin to blow over the shape of the Church. After a series of roadshows over the length and breadth of the land from London to Lerwick the feedback on the future of the Church is being carefully analysed and considered.