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Man with a mission

Jackie Macadam meets pioneer minister and author, the Rev Dr Liam Fraser.

“MY first encounter with ‘something more’ was through nature. My Dad and I would look at the night sky together, and I became amazed by the beauty and wonder of the world. That sense of wonder and awe continued to grow, as did my desire to learn more about the one I felt was behind it all.

“Later, my family and I would visit churches when on holiday abroad. In the quiet, dark, and empty space of the church sanctuary, I felt the same sense of awe, and knew that – in spite of the unpopularity of faith – I would rather be wrong with God than right with the world.”

The Rev Dr Liam Fraser is remembering the first time he was aware of a presence, a ‘something bigger’ than himself. Liam, an academic, an author and a pioneer minister, remembers that sense of wonder he felt as a child. He is married to Samantha, and the couple have two boys named Theo (4) and Sebastian (2). Samantha and Liam met at New College, where both studied divinity. They were married in 2012 at Greyfriars Kirk, and now live in the west of Edinburgh. Liam is keen that his ministry reaches those outside the traditional church model.

“I was raised in the Church of Scotland at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church in Edinburgh, under the ministry of the much-loved Very Rev Dr Bill McDonald. While I remember Bill as a kindly figure, and was not unhappy in Church, I have no memory of ever feeling spiritual while I was there.

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