No author specified

2008 AGM, Presidential address from David Mill, 'Giving the customers what they want'. Intimation is given of the 2009 AGM and Study Day.

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p59
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The Editor

Reference: Volume 44 2008/9, p60
PDF icon Jottings373.37 KB

The Editor

Citing an incident involving nineteenth century minister of South Leith, John Logan, when the Kirk Session and Precentor resisted his untimely introduction of the Paraphrases, the editor reflects on innovation, a theme present in more than one paper in the issue.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p1

Marion Dodd

The President, from her background as a professional singer and as one well versed in music, explores the issues relating to communicating in words, against a biblical and theological backcloth. The subject is treated in a Trinitarian format. The address had been accompanied by a multi-media presentation involving visual representation of the Hebrew, Greek and English versions of John 1:1 coupled with a musical setting composed and performed by the President.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p3

John R Hume

The former Chief Inspector of Buildings, Historic Scotland, former Convener of the Church of Scotland's Committee on Art and Architecture, and current Chair of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, reviews each technological innovation regarding buildings and worship over the centuries, including building techniques, light and sound, audio-visual systems, disabled access, the organ, the use of other instruments, together with some of the practices made possible, and asks for discernment in the use of each new advance.

Reference: Volume 43 2007/8, p15
PDF icon New Technologies, New Ways3.91 MB

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
PDF icon Ministerial Dress (South Africa)9.09 MB

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
PDF icon Book Reviews2.17 MB

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
PDF icon Secretarial Notes2.17 MB

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
PDF icon Noted Elsewhere368.02 KB

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