About Me

My name is Scott Peddie and I’m a Moravian Minister living and working in Northern Ireland.  My interests are varied and include contemplative prayer, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, social justice, the dialogue between science and religion and mental health advocacy.

In terms of education, I have degrees in Marine Biology (BSc & PhD – University of Aberdeen), Business Management (MSc – University of Aberdeen), Theology (MDiv – Queen’s University Belfast & GradCert Th – Bible College of New Zealand) and professional qualifications in Logotherapy & Existential analysis (Academic Associate/Diploma – Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland & The International Association of Logotherapy & Existential Analysis).  I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

I am a co-founder and chair of the Northern Irish branch of Church Action on Poverty, former chair of the Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum and a former director/trustee of a range of charities/not-for profit organisations that include Christian Aid Ireland, Aquaculture without Frontiers (UK), Church Action on Poverty and the European Aquaculture Society.  I am founder/chair of the inter-denominational Thomas Merton Fellowship for Peace and Contemplative Living in Ireland.

I have taught mindfulness/relaxation techniques at Mirabilis Health (Glengormley, Co. Antrim), in addition to providing training/spiritual direction for clergy/chaplains. I now offer Logotherapy, a meaning-centred approach to psychotherapy, at Mirabilis (www.mirabilishealth.co.uk) and see a diverse group of clients.

I have recently taken on the role of Patron of a new charity that provides education and training in suicide and mental health awareness – ALPS NI (All Lives are Precious Northern Ireland).

Prior to ordination I worked for several years as a research biologist, animal health economist, research manager and managing director of  a consultancy company.  I have lived and worked in Norway, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland prior to settling in Northern Ireland.

I am an advocate of a progressive form of Christianity that dispenses with the old (and unhelpful) labels of ‘Conservative’ and ‘Liberal’.  It is ‘eclectic’ in the sense that it transcends conventional denominational boundaries and aims simply to follow Christ by seeking the truth, wherever that may be found.

To date, I have authored three books of poetry (all published by The Crystal Bard Press and available via Amazon) – Embracing ImperfectionLooking Inwards – reflecting on my experiences of living with bipolar disorder – and The Other Side of Light (co-authored with Columba O’Neill).

The Other Side of Light Front Page

Looking Inwards Front Page

Embracing Imperfection Front Cover

Comments
  1. Chris Hudson says:

    Well done Scott, great idea
    Chris Hudson
    All Souls

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  2. Keith McIlroy says:

    “follow Christ by seeking the truth”. Amen. May he bless you in that pursuit.

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    • hiary says:

      So many issues I meet ever day in the classroom and you are dealing with all of them in the above section. Thank you Scott. You continue to be an inspiration with your blogs on all kinds of themes and very human issues.

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  3. James (Jim) Holmlund says:

    Great to discover this blog of yours, Scott. So enjoy chatting with you on FB.

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  4. Liam Purcell says:

    Hi Scott. This year, Church Action on Poverty is partnering in Blog Action Day to get thousands of people blogging about inequality.Could you join in?
    See http://blog.church-poverty.org.uk/2014/09/04/blog-action-day-speak-out-about-inequality/

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  5. jonnyhanson says:

    Hi Scott. My name’s Jonny Hanson and I’m a Christian environmentalist from Northern Ireland. Along with Barton Creeth, I’m helping to organise and (re)launch an organisation called Christians on the Left (http://www.christiansontheleft.org.uk/) in Northern ireland as a forum for left-leaning Christians of all parties and none to discuss faith and politics in our part of the world and beyond.

    We’re having an informal discussion evening at Fitzroy Presbyterian on Monday 13th October from 19:00 – 20:30. You’d be very welcome. If you contact me with your email address I can send you a proper invite.

    God bless,

    Jonny.

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  6. Stacy says:

    Hello, was made aware of this book on the same day I found your blog. Thought you might be interested having read your “about me”. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Language-God-Scientist-Presents-Evidence/dp/1847390927/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430141922&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Language+of+God

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  7. Rodney O. Dunlop says:

    I would like to make contact with you Scott. My email address is rodneyod@xtra.co.nz
    Hopefully you remember me from your Picton Days.

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