Lection Connection

About Lection Connections-Spirit Sightings and the Authors

Lection Connections-Spirit Sightings are intended to lift up international news stories and current events, linking these to the lectionary passages for each Sunday.

Adults, clergy, and adult Bible study leaders might visit this section of the website each week to enrich Bible study, for personal reflection, or to prepare sermons. Spirit Sightings is posted in conjunction with each week of Seasons of the Spirit.

Fraser Macnaughton has been minister of St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland since 2002. He also has served as minister in Ayrshire, University of Dundee, and Glasgow. He has taken church groups to Malawi in central Africa, and also hosted groups from Malawi. Having previously been coach to Scottish Universities Rugby team, he founded the Orkney Rugby club women’s team, the Orkney Dragons. He maintains a lively interest in bird watching, conservation issues, and history, as well as keeping fit through yoga, road cycling and swimming. 

Ray McGinnis is author of Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-Inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry, published by Wood Lake Publishing, www.woodlakebooks.com. He is a former national staff person for youth and young adult ministries in the United Church of Canada (1986-95). He worships at Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver, Canada.

Sandra Rooney served sixteen years as Executive for Mission Education and Interpretation for the United Church of Christ (USA) Board for World Ministries. She retired in 2001 and moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Green Valley, Arizona, in 2005. She is a member of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, AZ, where she currently serves on the Mission Task Force, sings in the choir, assists with the church's food pantry and coordinates a women's book discussion group. She has also served on and chaired the Stewardship Board as well as serving a term as Moderator of the congregation. She is an avid hiker and photographer and takes special pleasure in experiencing Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Intergenerational programs with her grandchildren. Top concerns include compassionate immigration reform and protecting the environment, with special focus on water resources.

Paul Turley is a minister with the Uniting Church in Australia, currently serving an inner-suburban church in Adelaide, South Australia. Paul has lived and worked in different parts of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is fascinated by the cultural similarities and differences between these three nations and wants to understand what it means to be a spiritual person and specifically, a follower of Jesus in each culture.


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