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’My life was changed’

Jackie Macadam learns about the life and faith of John Sturrock QC and how he was called to serve through mediation.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians, 2. 3-5)

“ONE of the real privileges of my career has been to work with John Chalmers (Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2014/15) and others in helping the church in South Sudan to learn more about mediation and conflict skills.

“That country has been torn apart by civil war since gaining its independence in 2011 and the church there has an important role to play in trying to find a way forward. We’ve run two training courses in Nairobi, Kenya, for South Sudanese church leaders in recent years and Place for Hope has now taken up that mantle.

“I also had the privilege of working with Ken Ross, when he was Secretary of the Board of World Mission, in Malawi, as we sought to ease the tensions within groups in the CCAP, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, in the mid 2000s.

“I recall the last day of one visit, when we had everyone sitting in a large circle in the plenary room, summarising what we would take away, and the apparently least empathetic participant over the three days expressed the view that love was the most important thing. We didn’t need to say more.”

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IN THIS ISSUE HEALING THE WOUNDS - The role of the Church in healing polarised division ‘MY LIFE WAS CHANGED’ - The life and faith of John Sturrock QC MINISTRY OF FATHERS - The impact of a charity bringing dads and their children together