Revd Dr Richard Frazer
Richard Frazer grew up chiefly in Edinburgh but also spent time at school in Yorkshire. He is a graduate of Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities and Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States. He has lived and worked in Italy and the USA and became a minister in 1986 following experience in teaching and community work, where he developed a passion for social justice.
He welcomes the emerging role of role Christian Church in which it has little power over people's lives but can offer spiritual vision and a non-judgemental welcome to people of all faiths and those searching for depth, meaning and the wisdom for human survival. He has been minister of a large rural parish in Perthshire, spent 10 years as minister of St Machar's Cathedral in Old Aberdeen and came to Greyfriars Kirk in 2003.
He was particularly attracted to Greyfriars as a place that has developed a role in the centre of the city through worship, the arts, hospitality to visitors and tourists and supporting the poor. In the last eight years he has overseen the growth of the Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) that is a new expression of support for many of our most vulnerable citizens. He is also passionately interested in spending time with his family, sustainable agriculture, slow food, being outdoors, pilgrimage walking and gardening.
As well as being parish minister, Richard is amongst other things the Chair of the GCP, Vice Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Social Care Council which is the governing body of Crossreach, and a governor of George Heriots School. He is also involved with the Green Pilgrim Network, an international body that promotes pilgrimage in a green and sustainable way, the Green Pilgrim Network is a part of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and has been involved with the promotion of a renewed interest in pilgrimage in Scotland.
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