Stipendiary Clergy Conference

A typical priest carrying a box of Stella across a frozen pond
A typical scene from a stipendiary clergy conference: the solemn procession of the Stella Artois.


# We’re all going on a clergy conference,
no more blogging for a day or two.

This afternoon the stipendiary (that is full-time / paid) clergy of the Diocese of Edinburgh will be descending on the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry for a conference entitled “New Church, New Ministry”.

As this will likely be my last stipendiary clergy conference for a while I was keen to attend. It’s a good opportunity to meet with fellow clergy, chat, learn, and make new and deeper friendships. Especially in the bar in the evening.

I seem to recall from last year that there was a particularly competitive Evangelicals vs. Liberals pool competition, with much whisky consumed and hangovers nursed in the morning.

I’d better go pack … now, what does a trendy young priest wear to these gatherings these days?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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