• Tom Scott MacMillan Cancer Relief



institution, listening, presence, prophetic, theological experiment, training


This article is an extract of a lecture by the late Tom Scott presented at Heriot- Watt University in 1979. Twenty-one years hindsight shows the authors clear train of thought and while much in chaplaincy has moved forward there is much remains the same. Tom explores: the changes the individual needs to make moving from minister to chaplain, issues of training, the temptation to develop chaplaincy as a department, and the opportunity the Church has to use chaplaincy for theological experiment.

Author Biography

Tom Scott, MacMillan Cancer Relief

Tom Scott served as a Church of Scotland parish minister in Bonnybridge, then as chaplain to Heriot Watt University. In 1979 he became Director of Strathcarron Hospice in Denny, and in 1992 became Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland for MacMillan Cancer Relief.


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How to Cite

Scott, T. (2013). CHAPLAINCY – A RESOURCE OF CHRISTIAN PRESENCE. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 15–19.