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Friday, February 18, 2005
St Andrews woman Maureen Jack sets off for Iraq tomorrow as leader of an eight-strong Christian Peacemaker Teams group.
Source: Church of Scotland news release.

Peterhead minister Rev Pauline Steenberger has paid tribute to Crimond woman Patricia Russell who has died just before her 80th birthday. "Patricia lived and breathed Crimond Church, serving as organist, Sunday School teacher, minister's wife, elder, session clerk and presbytery elder and guild president. She would, herself, have made a fine minister."
Source: Buchan Observer.

A Wester Ross community has declined the offer of a 19th-century village church as a gift from the Church of Scotland. Lochcarron Community Council unanimously rejected the Kirk's plan for disposing of the East Church, fearing it would be a huge financial burden in repair and maintenance costs.
Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal.

Catholic businessman Sir Tom Farmer has left Edinburgh for a personal visit with the Dalai Lama in India along with Victor Spence of the Edinburgh Inter-Faith Association.
Source: The Herald.

Philip Esler, professor of biblical criticism at St Andrews University, and artist Jane Boyd believe they can shed new light on a famous work by Spanish master Diego Velazquez. The 17th century painting 'Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary' hangs in the National Gallery in London, where it is classed as a “puzzling painting.” By recreating the layout of the artist’s studio and using a mirror, the researchers believe they have cleared up many misconceptions about the famous piece of art.
Source: Dundee Courier.

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