News from prison

How strange(ways)! I’ve just received an SMS text message supposedly from HMP Saughton Edinburgh.

I’ve not been in prison since Christmas 2005.

I was there for a carol service in the chapel. And before that I was in for about a year (1997-1998), as a … well, my badge read “Student Chaplain”.

But there weren’t many students there, just prison officers, convicts and (mostly young) men on remand,  so I just had to be a chaplaincy student. That was during my ordination training.

I really enjoyed that experience.

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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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