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New director appointed for Scottish Churches House

Carol Stobie, 46, has been appointed as the new director of Scottish Churches House in Dunblane.

Currently the cultural events officer at the National Library of Scotland, Ms Stobie has had a 20-year career in community education, including community work and adult education in Edinburgh, Dundee and Stirling.

She holds a degree in Scottish studies and psychology, and has lectured on many aspects of Scottish tradition and culture. An associate of the Association for Coaching in Scotland, she has devised and delivered courses in life coaching.

Ms Stobie is a member of the Abbey Church, North Berwick (Church of Scotland), and is an associate of the ecumenical Iona Community, reflecting her strong commitment to the ecumenical cause.

Carol Stobie and is married to bookseller Neil McIlwraith. They live in North Berwick but will move to Dunblane, where Carol will take up the director’s post in January 2009.

Scottish Churches House is an ecumenical residential centre with conference and meeting facilities. It aims to provide a welcoming environment for a programme that engages people in exploration of moral, sociological and theological issues significant to modern-day Scotland.

It offers space for individual and group retreats, for creative arts and for times of healing and relaxation. A wide range of faith and civic groups also use the accommodation for their own programmes.

Ms Stobie said: “I’m excited and honoured to take up this post. SCH is unique and has so much to offer, both to present and potential users. I hope to reach out to new networks and welcome all kinds of users through a stimulating, accessible programme and warm hospitality.”

The appointment was made by the trustees of Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) and the management group of Scottish Churches House.

The group’s convenor, Danus Skene, said: “She will bring great insight and energy to the task of providing a ministry of hospitality at the House, with its long history of providing a safe space for diverse groups of people.

“Her appointment will ensure that the provision of a challenging programme of activities at the House is developed.”

Source: Action of Churches Together in Scotland.

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