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, 52 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 at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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