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Jackie Macadam meets the Church of Scotland member behind a Europe-wide celebration of the Reformation.

AS the countdown begins towards the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, one member of the Church of Scotland congregation in Geneva is playing a key role in a major part of the celebrations.

Arthur Askew, came to Geneva to work with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in 1970 and then spent seven years in Australia before returning to Geneva in 1977 where he’s lived ever since.

“Geneva’s own history, and hence its very identity, is very much bound up with the Reformation,” he explained.

“The Reformation, and historical references to it are used in many contexts on a daily basis.

“Above all, the Reformation is an ever-present fact for us in the Church of Scotland here.

“The building in which we worship is a place of pilgrimage for those of the Presbyterian tradition and for protestants in general. We have the great privilege to be able to use the Auditoire de Calvin, a small and beautiful 12th century church right next to the Cathedral, in the heart of the old town. The building is the property of the ‘Eglise Protestante de Geneve’ – the Protestant Church of Geneva.”

Arthur was born in Bristol, read civil engineering at Birmingham University and then went overseas for his postgraduate studies, being awarded a PhD in water engineering in Sydney.

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