Island minister to address MSPs

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On Tuesday (2 June) Rev Donnie G MacDonald will become the tenth Free Church of Scotland minister to speak at the weekly ‘Time for Reflection’ slot at the Scottish Parliament.

The Portree Free Church minister will give a four-minute address to MSPs gathered for business in the main chamber at Holyrood.

It will be broadcast live on the Scottish Parliament website.

Rev Donnie G MacDonald said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be asked to lead the Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament, I am sure it will be a great experience.

“There isn’t much you can say in four minutes but to have the opportunity to present a Christian message for our MSPs to reflect on is something for which I am thankful.”

The Skye minister’s slot has been arranged by Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

Mr Thompson added: “Time for Reflection in the Parliament is a great chance for those of religion and those of none to reflect spiritually on the world around us, with those involved going away afterwards feeling enriched by the experience.

“I am grateful to welcome the Rev Donnie G, the Free Church minister from Portree, to Time for Reflection, where I am sure he will make an invaluable contribution and I look forward to catching up over lunch.

“This follows an excellent Time for Reflection session recently led by another of my constituents, the Rev Joe Barnard, the minister of Kiltarlity Free Church.”

Time for Reflection is a brief slot where external speakers from religious and other belief groups have the opportunity to share a message with assembled politicians.

Since devolution, the Free Church representatives to have delivered Time for Reflection are: Professor Donald Macleod, Rev John Maclean, Rev Dr Fergus Macdonald (speaking on behalf of the National Prayer Breakfast), Rev Duncan Macleod, Rev Dr Iain D Campbell, Donald Matheson, Rev Douglas MacKeddie, Rev Dr Donald MacDonald (speaking on behalf of the Scottish Churches’ Disability Agenda Group) and Rev Joe Barnard.