Graham A Duncan

Following a statement of the theology of worship, the author explores the priestly tradition and the synagogue tradition, one favouring vestments the other less so. He surveys practice since the Scottish Reformation and notes the lack of uniformity. He looks in more detail at specific items of dress: cassock, girdle, preaching gown, shirt/collar/bands, academic hood, preaching scarf, stole, cap. The symbolism of clerical dress is explored and the paper concludes with a discussion of the issues raised in modern times and whether there is an ultimate requirement around which agreement might be reached.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p25
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Various contributors

The Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition, reviewed by Neil Gardner

Religion: Vol. 12 of Scottish Life and Societyreviewed by Gilleasbuig Macmillan

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p49
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No author specified

AGM 2007. The combining of the Study Day 2007 with the Symposium arranged by the Working Group on Worship and Doctrine of the Mission and Discipleship Council on 'Holy Communion and the Renewal of the Church'. The proposed website. The 100th birthday of the Very Revd. Roy Sanderson, and the subsequent death of Dr Sanderson. The death of the Very Revd. Professor Thomas F Torrance. The 50th anniversary of the ordination of Dr Henry Sefton. The induction of the Society's Treasurer, the Revd. Jennifer Macrae, to Haddington St Mary's. Best wishes on retirement to the Society's Vice President and former Secretary, the Revd Rachel Dobie.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p55
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J C Stewart

Notes the launch of the new magazine on church music, Different Voices, edited by the Society's President. Reference to the journal Ecclesiology Today and a note of items of Scottish interest. Notes an article in a parish magazine intimating a variety of ways simultaneously for receiving Communion, refers to the symposium on Holy Communion (see Secretarial Notes above) and suggests that these developments and discussions would benefit from a recovered awareness of roots.

Reference: Volume 43 2007-8 p57
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Tom Davidson Kelly

 - published in Record no. 42 (Tom Davidson Kelly). This page to be removed and inserted in that issue of the journal.                                                                                                                                      

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p59

The Editor

Introductory comment on the contents of the current volume in relation to the purposes of the Society.

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7, p1

No author specified

Reference to articles of Scottish or Reformed interest in recent issues of Ecclesiology Today.

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7, p2
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Tom Davidson Kelly

Tom Davidson Kelly claims priority for the use of ‘ecclesiology’ in reference to buildings used for worship andrepels charges of aestheticism and antiquarianism brought against its practitioners but asserts the importance of awe and mystery, beauty and the beauty of holiness in the building and furnishing of places of worship. He calls for a reassertion of ecclesiological principles in the present day. The article is backed by two appendices, the first listing members of the Society associated with the Ecclesiological Societies and the second listing ecclesiologists associated with the Royal Scottish Academy. An extensive list of footnotes provides much additional information and indicates the importance of The Annual of the Society as a source.

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7, p3
PDF icon The Manna of Ecclesiology12.54 MB

William Johnstone

William Johnstone, stating that he writes primarily as a student of the Hebrew Bible, examines the place of Moses in the typology which undergirds the pictorial summa theologica provided by medieval stained glass. Eleven of the author’s photographs (three in colour) illustrate examples which he cites from windows in Sens, Cologne, and St Denis, and in the enamels, now the Verduner altar, which provide a particularly full account of the typological scheme. Much information and many references are provided in forty-four footnotes.

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7, p33
PDF icon Moses in Medieval Stained Glass9.33 MB

Henry R Sefton

Henry Sefton provides the text used by him at such a service, with brief introductory notes.

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7, p57

Tom Davidson Kelly

Scotland’s Best Churches (2005) by John R Hume. Tom Davidson Kelly carefully assesses and welcomes a finely illustrated volume which ‘skilfully includes 184 places of Christian worship from across the mainland and islands of Scotland, each significant building period, and a range of denominations’.

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7, p62
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No author specified

No summary currently available

Reference: Volume 42 Winter 2006/7
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The Editor

No summary currently available

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p1

Stewart Todd

In an updated version of a 1988 lecture to the Society for Liturgical Study Stewart Todd draws attention to the minimal place accorded to creation themes in the Eucharistic services authorised in the Church of Scotland, paralleled in the Church of England, and, noting the larger place accorded to them in much early liturgy, suggests that we owe it to contemporary ‘prophet ecologists’ to fill out doxologically their understanding of nature in the purposes of God.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p3

Johnston R McKay

Reflecting critically, in the light of widespread alienation from the church, on a recent Songs of Praisebroadcast following a natural disaster, Johnston R McKay, in his 2005 Lee Lecture, asks how public ‘public’ worship should be. He refers to much modern theological talk of the vulnerable God as unduly prescriptive and failing to connect with many contemporaries, and suggests that music provides space and atmosphere to develop their own spiritual convictions.

Reference: Volume 41 Winter 2005/6, p12