Photo Credit: Scottish Episcopal Church
There will be an international feel to the consecration of the new bishop of Brechin in Scotland tomorrow (Saturday). The Bishops of Iowa and Swaziland will be taking part the consecration of the Very Revd Andrew Swift as new Bishop of Brechin, of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The service will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee and will be presided over by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Mark Strange.
The Dioceses of Iowa, Swaziland, and Brechin have been a three way companion link for the past 30 years. Particularly in the last 11 years, there have been regular exchange visits between all three dioceses. This link is celebrated by the bishops’ presence at the upcoming service. Bishop Alan Scarfe of Iowa and Bishop Ellinah Wamukoya of Swaziland will participate in the consecration itself, in the act act of laying on of hands in prayer for the new bishop. According to the Scottish Episcopal Church, “the role of Bishops Alan and Ellinah in the consecration is important in recognising the Diocese’s role within the world-wide Anglican Communion.”
Andrew Swift is looking forward to his new role in the Scottish Episcopal Church. “This is an exciting time to be the Scottish Episcopal Church in Dundee, the Carse of Gowrie and Angus and the Mearns,” he said. “Our church has an important part to play in the life of Scotland, and I am confident that, trusting in God, we can play that part here, in this place.
“While all churches face challenges, I am very encouraged by the optimism I have found in the Diocese of Brechin. I am looking forward to meeting with and listening to the people of the charges and helping them to develop as part of the 21st century Scottish Episcopal Church.”
The service will be live streamed and available to watch using the following link: