Bishop Kevin Appoints Makar for Glasgow and Galloway

Bishop Kevin is delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev Kirstin Freeman as the Makar of the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The term makar, borrowed from Scottish literature, relates to a poet or bard, coming from the Middle Scots word for maker.

In this inaugural honorary post, spanning an initial term of four years, Kirstin will mark events in the life and witness of our Diocese by the creation of bespoke pieces of art that will encourage our congregations, communities, and individuals to interact with new directions of creativity and mission throughout the Diocese and further afield.

Kirstin’s visceral poetry and thought-provoking artworks have long been enjoyed by friends and colleagues and have made multiple appearances in our diocesan communications. Bishop Kevin views this appointment as a unique opportunity to crystalise creative forces in the Diocese and help shape new liturgy, prayers, art and resources, as well as a chance to offer a different angle for people to journey with their faith and engage with the issues of the day.

During the recent clergy pilgrimage in Galloway, Kirstin created the poem and doodle below. Albeit using only limited supplies, she aimed to signify the preciousness of those who join the journey of hope, love and peace.

In Whithorn’s sacred isle
where sea meets pebbled shore
in the greyness of the gloom
God’s glory came to shine.

Now may, rocks hallowed
by the prayer of saints,
with pilgrims loosened hopes and fears;
join with Wind of peace
that skims the sea
and Waves of angel song.

O Love of God whose gift illumined
your people Israel
in their quest by waters in an unknown land.
Now searching in turn
through Ninian’s witness in this land.
Light the way of sustenance
for weary souls to know
brightening rays,
to banish all that tries to hide
your love,
your light.

Step by step,
God of Pilgrimage,
from Abram’s tribe,
and Emmaus Road,
countless travellers before,
and still yet,
those whose journey has not begun.

The position of Diocesan Makar is an Honorary appointment of the Bishop, intended to give creative voice to the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway by means of poetry, prose, or other artistic endeavours, either by suggestion of the Bishop, or when moved and inspired by the Holy Spirit to create pieces of art relating to significant events in the Church and the world, as well as our mission, ministry, witness, and faith.