Bungie’s Graduation

Bungie writes… …

I graduated this last weekend from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary https://www.pts.edu one of the graduate colleges of the Presbyterian Church (USA). My final project research was on the use of scientific language by the founder of the Iona Community, George MacLeod. I joined the Community in the early 1980s (the same time I joined the URC) so was lucky to have known George. The photos below are:-

1. George MacLeod, in 1985, holding my inflatable parrot and knocking my juggling clubs out of my hands during his 90th birthday party in Govan (photo probably by Stanley Hood, submitted to Coracle Nov 1985)

2.  A photo I took around 1983 of him sitting outside the entrance of Iona Abbey

3. A colour matched pair, photo by my late mother, at Govan Old Parish Church. Not sure which is more shocking – my hair colour or me not wearing shorts! (and that is a camera strap over my left shoulder….)

4. A photo of our church noticeboard this weekend where for one week only I used my new name 🙂

The attached paper is a short memo I put together last Friday on the eve of graduation to share with folk in the Iona Community and Helensburgh URC over the weekend.

A short summary:

In 2015 I embarked on a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Course at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in partnership with New College, Edinburgh along with a group of Scottish and American ministers, mostly Presbyterian, with one Episcopal colleague and me from the URC. After two years of group work we were set loose on our research projects. I chose to explore the use of scientific language by George MacLeod in his prayers, preaching, writing, public speaking and anti nuclear campaigning, including in the House of Lords. I recently completed my thesis and graduated, in absentia, as a Doctor of Ministry at about 1:00am on Saturday 1st June.

PTS & New College are looking to start a new cohort of students for the DMin programme in 2019. I thoroughly recommend this programme to my minister colleagues and would be happy to talk over possibilities with you.

Rev Dr Mitchell Bunting MTh DMin

who will hereafter still be known as Bungie