Tiberias Link

Rev. Kate McDonald, Associate Minister, Scots Kirk, Tiberias

Monifieth Parish Church is one of a number of congregations in the Church of Scotland (in Dundee and Dunfermline Presbyteries) which has formed a link with Kate McDonald, the idea behind this being to offer support to Kate through prayer and friendship and also to learn something of the situation of those (not only the Christians) living in the Holy Land.

You can follow Kate's blog on which she posts regularly.

Kate's latest Partner Plan letter (August 2018) is written jointly with Rev. John McCulloch, minister of the Scots Kirk, Jerusalem and focuses on the situation in Gaza.  You can read it here: Partner Plan

Here is what Kate writes to introduce herself.

I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of South-Western Virginia and moved to Scotland to study Scottish Ethnology (with a focus on folk tales) in 2002.  A cradle American Episcopalian, I became involved with the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC).

After a few years in the Borders, during which I worked with adults with learning difficulties and also obtained my Bachelor of Divinity degree, I returned to Old St Paul's in Edinburgh where I was ordained Deacon in the SEC in 2012 and priested in 2013.  I then served at OSP as Assistant Curate for 3 years.

My hobbies are poetry, photography, walks (preferably with a dog), good country and bluegrass music, and trying to learn to play the banjo.  I have a lamentable weakness for fashion magazines, crime novels and Nordic noir.

In 2014 I served as the SEC representative on an ecumenical partnership visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories organised by the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland and, while there, felt a strong sense that God was calling me to serve in that region amongst all who are suffering under the occupation.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Kate joined us for the service on 11th June and spoke movingly about her work in Israel/Palestine, especially about the situation of the diminishing number of Christians (around 2% of the population).  She is pictured here with one of the elders before worship began.

After the service Kate was warmly greeted at the church door.

And after coffee in the Gerard Hall, Kate joined a few members of the congregation, including the Youth Group, at Café Byzantium in Monikie Country Park. 

Now that we have met Kate and heard directly from her about the various partner organisations with which she works, we hope to increase our contact with her and explore ways to support the Arab Christians in Israel/Palestine.