Dugald Cameron

On my nightstand you will find … I have just started reading Norman Bissell’s novel of George Orwell’s time on Jura. It is a blend of fact and fiction. Also re-reading, after several decades, The Gleam in the North which is romanticised load of mince about the Jacobite period; but I loved the trilogy as a child.

A podcast I am listening to is … BBC Sounds The Invention of … and you get a story of how a nation came into being. Also, the wonderful Out of Doors, exploring Scotland’s rural nature and culture.

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is … as a teenager – All Quiet on the Western Front / Sunset Song – both of which tear apart the patriotic spin of war. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson who won the Pulizter Prize for it; the book is full of God’s grace and Reformed theology.

A TV show I binge watch is … Brooklyn Nine Nine, such a truly funny show and any Scandi noir that comes close to The Bridge.

I follow Schwaebischealbtourismus on Instagram because I love that part of Germany, and Hearts on Facebook as I am ever hopeful.

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­… JS Bach cantatas, and the Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis.

One thing I have learned about myself during the last while is… to truly value my wife and daughters, and the stunning beauty of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and its flora and fauna.

Ellen Griffiths Weir

On my nightstand you will find …  A plant, my kindle and some other books, my water bottle, daily vitamins, lavender pillow spray… plus Beechams all-in-one, Vicks, and a big box of tissues! (Thankfully it’s just a cold!)

A podcast I am listening to is … Learning How to See with Brian McLaren

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is … BBC Good Food’s “101…” recipe books. They were the first recipe books I had when I left home and gave me a fantastic starting point for learning how to cook, which I now love.

A TV show I binge watch … is anything that my husband and I can agree that we’ll enjoy watching together! Currently, The Rookie.

I follow Taizé on Facebook and Instagram because their live prayers online totally saved me when they started during lockdown and continue to be a huge source of life for me.

Music that lifts my mood is… my “Happy” playlist on Spotify – a growing collection of the uplifting, energising music I come across and a helpful go-to when I need a mood-boost!

One thing I have learned about myself during the past couple of weeks is… I have a greater capacity for joy than I might have previously realised and am very much enjoying exploring that with God.

Paul Cathcart

On my nightstand you will find …  an alarm clock and a box of hankies (boring but practical!)

A podcast I am listening to is … ‘Sacked in the morning’ on BBC Sounds – reflecting on the fragility of football management.

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is … ‘The Great Emergence’ by Phyllis Tickle

A TV show I binge watch …Have I Got News for You

I follow ‘Croatia Travel’ on Facebook because I’m going there on holiday in September

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­…Runrig

One thing I have learned about myself during the past couple of weeks is…I am less tolerant than I used to be, so going for a walk before answering emails means I have less regrets!

Hanneke Marshall

On my nightstand you will find …    I’m currently reading and nearing the end of Lynda la Plante’s ‘Wrongful Death’.

A podcast I am listening to is …    I tend to catch up on the Radio 4 News Quiz whilst tidying the house.

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is …   Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright helped me piece a lot of theological thoughts and spiritual intuitions together.

A TV show I binge watch …   During the winter lockdown it was Line of Duty. I’m a big fan of the Great British Sewing Bee, but it’s sadly now finished again.

I only follow friends and colleagues on Facebook and Instagram. I don’t like Twitter and don’t need reasons to get more worked up over stuff! I do read the BBC News website along with three other papers online.

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­…   I don’t have ‘go to’ music for mood lifting, but if I’m very stressed or busy in my head, I like to put on Einaudi piano music. I find it soothing and calming.

One thing I have learned about myself during the past couple of weeks is…   I am starting to feel more energised and normal again after a post Easter (and pandemic!) slump. I think I’m a’ good enough’ mum who has been able to encourage and let go during the assessment period for Nat5.

Scott Shackleton

On my nightstand you will find …  two books, ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ & ‘Olive, Mabel & Me’.

A podcast I am listening to is … ‘The Bible Project’ & ‘Exploring My Strange Bible’

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is ‘Letters & Papers from Prison’ by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A TV show I binge watch ‘Vikings’

I follow golf on Sky TV because I love golf!

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ John Barrie’s ‘Dances with Wolves’ theme and his other compositions as well as Biffy Clyro

One thing I have learned about myself during the past couple of weeks is being in the Royal Navy for nearly 30 years has institutionalised me. Being in the Church of Scotland since birth has institutionalised me 😊 and that is ok!

Jo Love

On my nightstand you will find …

A mugful of pens, my journal, and Robin Jenkins’ “The Changeling”.

A podcast I am listening to is

Pádraig Ó Tuama “Poetry Unbound”.

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is

Oh so many books change my life little by little, maybe some more dramatically feel that way at time of first reading, but here are two very significant ones for me in recent reading: Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic: creative living beyond fear”, a stunning and unconventional take on the creative process; and Frank Ostaseski’s “The Five Invitations: discovering what death can teach us about living fully”, a deeply helpful companion in a time of grieving.

A TV show I binge watch

Truly, none. I don’t have a tv and seldom do much tv viewing on laptop. Nearest thing to binges would be TED Talks.

I follow — on—

I follow nobody on anything because I am joyfully holding out on my Instagram-free, Twitter-free, app-free existence. And I have the delight of an art room in my home…

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Tracy Chapman.

One thing I have learned about myself over the last few weeks is

With much more virtual activity on the go, I need all the more to keep my bodysoul alive with a deliberate focus on physicality – rain, mud, muscle exertion, hands-on art, breathing…

David Clarkson

On my nightstand you will find …

A watch charger, a phone charger and an alarm clock.

A podcast I am listening to is

I haven’t got into podcasts yet but it’s on my to do list.

A book that has changed my life (other than the Bible) is

Whatever I’m reading at the time! Currently working through ‘Growing Young’ (Griffen, Mulder and Powell) because we’re working through the process and learning how to encourage, involve and empower young people in the congregation.

A TV show I binge watch

Long way up, the Blacklist, Bosch.

I follow — on—

I follow “the Far Side” on Facebook because I love the slightly weird, sometimes dark, humour.

Music that lifts my mood is­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Modern worship music, Dire Straits, Queen or Rend Collective.

One thing I have learned about myself over the last few weeks is

That I love to trim and pull out branches of overgrown bushes in the garden – it’s much more satisfying than weeding!   So far I’ve found quarter of a patio, 5 footballs, 13 tennis balls and a golf club.

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