Yesterday evening, we had the honour to gather at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate ‘160 years of Scotland in Israel – Celebrating the Work of the Nazareth Trust’, a networking event sponsored by Jackson Carlaw MSP, with over 70 guests attending.
What better place to celebrate our 160th Anniversary than the city where our story began? A 4-bed clinic founded in 1861 by an Edinburgh student has become one of the largest Scottish charities and much more: The Nazareth Trust’s mission is pursued through the Nazareth Hospital, Nazareth Academic School of Nursing, Nazareth Village, SERVE Nazareth and the Spiritual Care Ministry.
While eating some delicious and carefully presented nibbles, guests mingled and did some networking, meeting new and old faces within the Scottish Christian community. The key guests attending included Dr Morgan Jamieson MBE (Chairman of the Trust), Professor Jason Leitch CBE (Board Member at the Trust), and all the way from Nazareth, Prof Fahed Hakim (Nazareth Hospital Director) and Dr Salam Hadid (Nazareth Academic School of Nursing Director). Two Board Members – Norman Bennett and Mary Macleod –joined the event too, alongside one of the Trust’s patrons, theologian and writer Elaine Storkey.
We were also delighted to welcome Robert Aldridge (newly elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh), Rev Dr John Armes (Bishop of Edinburgh) and Revd Dr Iain Greenshields (Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland), amongst others. Of course, we cannot forget to mention all the long-standing supporters that also joined us in such a special celebration.
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to celebrate this important milestone with us. We hope to see you again very soon!
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