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Walking with a Highland Minister

Lynne McNeil meets the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Susan Brown, minister at Dornoch Cathedral.


IT is perhaps fitting that in the 50th anniversary month of the historic decision to ordain women as parish ministers in the Church of Scotland that a woman parish minister has been nominated as Moderator of this year’s General Assembly.

The Rev Susan Brown, minister of Dornoch Cathedral since 1998, is honoured to have been chosen. As one of the first woman ministers to serve in the Highlands – she was called to Killearnan in 1985 – she was also the first woman minister to serve in the presbyteries of Ross and Sutherland and has served as Moderator in both. She is the first Moderator-Designate from a Highland parish since the Very Rev Dr James Simpson in 1994 – her immediate predecessor at Dornoch.

Susan is the fourth woman to have been nominated as Moderator and the second serving female parish minister. “It is fantastic to have been elected in this 50th anniversary year of the ordination of women to ministry,” she says.

Barely five feet tall in her stocking soles, she is warm, witty and self-deprecating, but brimming with energy, determination and vigour in her drive to serve not only the Church but her local community and the world beyond. It is clear parish ministry is at the heart of all that she does. She is passionate about Dornoch and does not miss an opportunity to promote the Highland town. (Her Moderatorial outfit is being crafted by Betty Murray at Just Sew, a local business.)

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Inside this issue..... 50 YEARS OF WOMEN IN MINISTRY - The Rev Dr Margaret Forrester reflects on the historic decision. The experience of woman ministers. GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018 - Meet the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Susan Brown - Reports preview, timetable and the Assembly Fringe - Heart & Soul 2018