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Lecture Explores Wilderness and Healing

Tuesday November 15 2022

The Rev Dr Richard Tiplady

This year’s Denis Duncan Lecture uses the mountains and wilderness to explore themes of reconciliation and healing.

The annual lecture, in memory of the minister and journalist (and occasional Life and Work contributor) Denis Duncan, is run jointly by the Church of Scotland and the Guild of Health and St Raphael, focusing on links between health and faith.

The 2022 edition was delivered by the Rev Dr Richard Tiplady, director of Mixed Mode Training at the Scottish Episcopal institute. An experienced climber, in the lecture Dr Tiplady says that ‘the mountains, wilderness, nature, are places to encounter God and to encounter His healing’.

He looks at the four separations shown in the Genesis account of the Fall – God from people, people from each other, people from nature and people from themselves – how those separations are reconciled  in Jesus, and how the wilderness is a place to explore that.

The lecture, filmed in the Scottish mountains, was launched last week, with bespoke liturgy and live music, to the biggest ever audience for the Denis Duncan Lecture.

It is available on YouTube until the end of the year (including a version with signing and captions), and an extended version is available in book form.

November's Life and Work is out now


Richard Tiplady - Friday, November 18th, 2022

“The lecture was filmed in Blencathra in the Lake District, not in the Scottish mountains. Sorry!”

Richard Tiplady - Friday, November 18th, 2022

“PS thanks for promoting the lecture and the book, though. Very kind!”

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