Walking together: Quakers and Episcopalians in Brora

We are pleased to announce that St. Columba’s in Brora is now entering an exciting and enhancing new phase of its life.

In 2015, Fr. Chris entered into conversations with The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Caithness and Inverness. Initially Fr. Chris felt that the form of silent waiting upon God that characterises Quaker Meeting for Worship would be something that could deepen and enhance the spiritual lives of Episcopalians within East Sutherland and Tain. Within those conversations it became apparent that Quakers in the area were also looking for ways to develop their ministry, witness and worship throughout the Northern Highlands.

Since November, Quakers and Episcopalians have been joining in Meeting for Worship and afterwards sharing hospitality and conversation. The initial three month trial has been a success, providing The Friends with a new space to worship and Episcopalians with an experience of communal worship in silence interspersed with vocal ministry as any feel called upon to offer.

The Meeting for Worship will now become a permanent part of the life of St. Columba’s. Each month there will be two meetings, one midweek (to be advertised) and the other at 2.30pm on the fourth Sunday of the month. Whilst St. Columba’s remains formally an Episcopal building and subject to the Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church, in its life it has moved into being ecumenical in nature.

It is very much hoped that the Meeting for Worship at St. Columba’s will be something that deepens the spiritual life of the whole of East Sutherland and Tain.