Welcome to Pastoral Conversations in Gordon Presbytery!

As Christians, we know that we are called to grow in our faith together, but the reality of COVID-19 has suspended many of the ways that we are accustomed to doing this. There is no doubt that the current reality of lockdown is a trying time for each of us, and we long for connection and our church communities. In light of our current situation, we hope to bridge some of the gap between us by making more use of technology by recording Pastoral Conversations. Each week, Heather Mikelson will host and post a recording of conversations with various ministers from Gordon Presbytery about topics pertaining to our shared Christian faith. It is our hope that these conversations will be both thought-provoking and spiritually edifying in this challenging time.

If you have ideas on topics that we can address in future recordings or ways we can be of help to you, please contact Heather Mikelson at hmikelson@churchofscotland.org.uk

Our online pastoral conversations in Gordon Presbytery will take a break over the holidays. During this break, we pray that these conversations will continue in our own homes. May we continue to grow together in Christ! 

A Talk for our Time: Racism and our Response, Episode 3

Our third episode concludes our series on “Racism and our Response.” In this final episode, we examine the power of language by discussing topic such as “All lives matter verses black lives matter,” the importance of education, and we also delve into practical ways we can stand against racism in our own lives.

I know that it is tempting to avoid the difficult topic of racism, but the church cannot be silent on this pressing issue. As we make time for rest and relaxation over summer, could we also make time for learning? In this final episode, we will examine the importance of both recognizing our own worldview and also learning about the worldviews of others. Please grab a cuppa and come and learn together!

A Talk for our Time: Racism and our Response, Episode 2

In our second episode of “Racism and our Response,” we begin to answer viewer questions. We tackle difficult questions on colonization, the possible removal of statues, protests in the streets, and what is the Christian response to these topics. Please grab a cuppa and join the conversation. This is a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable topic, and we are all learning together.

We welcome back Rhona Cathcart of Inverurie West Church, Carl Irvine of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Neil Meyer of Kintore Parish Church, and Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. Heather Mikelson continues to be joined by two special guests, Boitumelo Garborone and Aquila Singh. Boitumelo joins us from South Africa where she ministers at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Grahamstown, and Aquila ministers at Fernhill and Cathkin Church in Glasgow.

A Talk for our Time: Racism and our Response, Episode 1

How is racism an issue today? In the news, we see and read about various expressions of protests against racism. How are we to respond as Christians? It is easy to turn off the news and avoid the topic, but is that what God is calling us to do? Will you take a risk and join us we tackle an important but uncomfortable conversation?

For our first episode, we welcome back a few familiar faces: Rhona Cathcart of Inverurie West Church, Carl Irvine of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Neil Meyer of Kintore Parish Church, and Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. Heather Mikelson also welcomes two new friends to the conversation, Boitumelo Garberone and Aquila Singh. Boitumelo joins us from South Africa where she ministers at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Grahamstown, and Aquila ministers at Fernhill and Cathkin Church in Glasgow.

Our panel speaks honestly from their hearts and from their experience, while also examining how the scriptures have challenged them to live differently in our world. Please grab a cuppa and join this needed conversation on racism.

A Cuppa and a Chat with Sheila Craggs

Do ministers go through the same ups and downs as everyone else during lockdown? Come and listen to Rev. Sheila Craggs, Gordon Presbytery’s current moderator, as she reflects on life in lockdown. Sheila and Rev. Heather Mikelson share a cuppa together and discuss life, the lockdown, and lessons the church may be learning during this time. During this chat, Shelia also reflects on her year as moderator and ends her time with us by sharing a brief meditation and blessing. Please grab a cuppa and join the chat. All are welcome!

A Cuppa and a Chat on Death, Grief and Hope-do the words go together?

Every day in the news, we hear or read about the daily death toll due to COVID-19. Death and grief are in the air, and yet as Christians, how do we understand the relationship between death and hope? What is hope? Is death a part of God’s plan? Where is the place for grief? For the next episode of Pastoral Conversations, Rev. Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Alastair Bruce of Ellon Parish Church, Rev. Stella Campbell of Skene Parish Church, and Rev. Carl Irvine of St. Andrew’s Parish Church. Please grab a cuppa and join this conversation on death, grief, and hope. All are welcome!

A Cuppa and a Chat Rights -v- Responsibilities

In the news, we have seen a few Christians around the world demanding their church buildings re-open, declaring it is a right to do so. But how do our rights as Christians relate to our responsibility for the wellbeing of others? For our fourth online Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Sam Cobb of Skene Parish Church, Neil Meyer of Kintore Parish Church, and Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. During the conversation they address questions such as, “What do the scriptures have to say regarding rights vs responsibilities? Is stockpiling okay? As Christians, how are we to live with and honour the government?” Please grab a cuppa and join us for this conversation on responsibilities vs rights. All are welcome!

A Cuppa and a Chat "Sabbath"

Have you felt as though all of your days in lockdown begin to look the same or that you cannot separate work from rest? Perhaps practicing a sabbath day could be the answer. For our third online Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. With coffee and tea in hand, they share stories and experiences on sabbath keeping. During the conversation they address questions such as, “Is keeping a sabbath still relevant today?” Or “How is sabbath different than a day off?” Please grab a cuppa and join us for this conversation on sabbath. All are welcome!

A Cuppa and a Chat on Uncertainty

For our second online Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Rhona Cathcart of Inverurie West Parish Church, Rev. Paul McKeown of Belhelvie Parish Church, and Rev. Joshua Mikelson of Kemnay Parish Church. With coffee and tea in hand, our speakers pull from their training and life experiences to address the impact that uncertainty may have on our lives. During this conversation they address questions such as, “Is it okay to be uncertain?” and “Are there any practices or disciplines that help you deal with uncertainty?” Please grab a cuppa and join us for this conversation on uncertainty. All are welcome!

A Cuppa and a Chat on Prayer

For our first Pastoral Conversation, Heather Mikelson is joined by Rev. Stella Campbell of Skene Parish Church, Rev. Carl Irvine of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, and Rev. Neil Meyer of Kintore Parish Church. With coffee and tea in hand, they have an online conversation on prayer, and how our approach to prayer might be impacted by COVID-19. During the conversation, they address questions such as, “Is there a right or wrong way to pray?” and “Can I pray when I am angry?” Stella, Carl, and Neil pull from their training and personal experiences as they teach and share with us ways and resources which have helped them in their own lives. Please grab a cuppa and join this conversation on prayer!

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