Sunday, 28 August 2016
The Stornoway Gazette item on the recent appointment of a Church of Scotland minister to two parishes in the Outer Hebrides indicates how times are changing. Cuithir Church, Barra, (above) and Howmore, South Uist (below) serve Protestant congregations in Catholic heartlands.
The Revd Lindsay Schulter succeeds, after a time caused by vacancies, the Revd Eleanor Muir on Barra and the Revd Jacqueline Petrie on South Uist. So the 21st Century has seen female domination in these posts. Male clergy in the Western Isles have long been the norm - with the Roman Catholic and the Free Church of Scotland traditions.
For those interested in church architecture - the central communion table at Howmore is probably the longest in Scotland.
Scottish Islands Explorer - some island-names have gender associations
Digital Edition: 'speed-dating' for readers in a manner of speaking