Welcome to The United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles
Argyll and The Isles is one of the seven historic Dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. With Cathedrals in Oban and on the Isle of Cumbrae, the Diocese extends from Iona as far inland as Glencoe and from Lewis and the Western Isles south to Kintyre and Arran. This breathtakingly beautiful region is covered by many Episcopalian churches, each offering a warm welcome with its own unique character.
News Release 18th December 2020
Three candidates short-listed in vacancy for new Bishop of Argyll & The Isles
Three candidates have been short-listed for election to the office of Bishop of Argyll & The Isles, following the translation of the Rt Rev Kevin Pearson to Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway in July 2020, having served the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles as Bishop since 2011.
The three candidates have been selected by a Preparatory Committee consisting of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles and across the wider Scottish Episcopal Church. The next stage in the election process is an online meeting of each of the candidates with an Electoral Synod (representatives of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles only). That meeting will take place on Saturday 23 January 2021 with the election of the new Bishop on 30 January 2021.
The candidates are:
The Very Rev Canon Margaret (Margi) Campbell, Provost of St John’s Cathedral, Oban, Rector of St James, Ardbrecknish, and Canon of the Cathedral of the Isles, Cumbrae, all since 2018, and Dean of the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles since 2020.
The Rev David Railton, Rector of the linked charge of Holy Trinity, Dunoon and St Paul, Rothesay, Diocese of Argyll & The Isles, since 2019.
The Rev Canon Dr Keith Riglin, Vice Dean since 2020 and Chaplain since 2012 of King’s College, London, with Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles since 2012.
Commenting on this stage of the process, the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church said: “I am delighted that the Preparatory Committee has completed its task and can now present these three names to the Electoral Synod of Argyll and The Isles. I want to thank the members of the committee for the work they put in to achieve this short list, and I especially want to thank them as we were working under the very different Covid conditions.
“I ask the church to pray for David, Keith and Margi as they continue on this path of discernment and also for the electors of Argyll and The Isles as they prepare to meet digitally in January 2021.”
Worship in our Churches ~ Emerging from Lockdown
We are delighted that both Cathedrals and some of our churches are now able to offer worship whilst abiding by all the restrictions to ensure that we keep oursleves and those with us as safe as possible. Please contact individual churches to find out their times of worship. The full Provincial guidelines can be found at https://www.scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/
Weekly Worship online
Whilst many can return to communal worship, many of our churches continue to offer online services. Our Province is also maintaining weekly worship from around our churches and Cathedrals across Scotland.
EVERY SUNDAY 11am ~ Provincial Eucharist A recorded service – the video is accessed through https://www.scotland.anglican.org/ and can be seen via YouTube or Facebook. Phone access is also available.
EVERY SUNDAY 7pm ~ #prayerforhope Many light a candle in a window and pray for those affected by Covid-19, for hope and new life.
EVERY THURSDAY 6.30pm ~ Provincial Service of the Word The video for this recorded srevice is accessed through YouTube or Facebook (or by phone) from the link above.
We apologise that some pages are not up to date but we are working on them.
Current Information & Daily Prayers
Daily Prayer from the Scottish Episcopal Church provincial website here
The Argyll and The Isles Diocesan Weekly Prayer Cycle is here
The Scottish Episcopal Institute prayer diary can be downloaded here
|The current Argyll and The Isles Newsletter is available here|