Israel and Palestine
Páraic Réamonn was an Irish Catholic who became a minister of the Church of Scotland thanks to Vatican II. He was active in the Student Christian Movement, serving as student president 1969 -1970 and as Scottish secretary 1972-1975.
Admitted to the Church of Scotland in 1975, he studied divinity at New College, Edinburgh, and in 1982 was ordained to the linked charge of Cockburnspath, Innerwick and Oldhamstocks (now the parish of Dunglass) in East Lothian and Berwickshire.
He served for three years (1990-1993) on the then Board of World Mission and Unity, for part of that time as convener of the Middle East and North Africa committee, where he was involved in advocacy on Israel/Palestine and in Christian-Jewish dialogue. He also worked at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at New College.
In 1993 he moved to Geneva to work in communication for 11 years with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and later with the International Union Against Cancer - now the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
For the last three year he has administered a small projects fund for the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and edited books for Globethics.net
The Reverend Kate McDonald grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Southwestern Virginia and moved to Scotland to study Scottish Ethnology (with a focus on folk tales) in 2002. A cradle American Episcopalian, she became involved with the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC).
After a few years in the Scottish Borders during which she worked with adults with learning difficulties and obtained her Bachelor of Divinity, Kate returned to Old St Paul's when she was ordained deacon in the SEC in 2012 and Priested in 2013. She served as Assistant Curate there for three years.
In 2014, Kate served as the SEC representative on an ecumenical partnership visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories organised by the World Mission Council, and while there felt a strong sense that God was leading her to serve in that region among all who are suffering under occupation, and it is with joy and trepidation that she has responded to that call.