About Me & This Blog

My name is Scott Peddie and I’m a Presbyterian Minister living and working in Northern Ireland.  I am blessed with a wonderful wife and two fantastic children.

My interests are varied and include contemplative prayer, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, social justice, the dialogue between science and religion and mental health advocacy. I also currently teach mindfulness/relaxation techniques at Mirabilis Health (www.mirabilishealth.me.uk), in addition to providing mental health awareness training for clergy/chaplains.

In terms of education, I have degrees in marine biology (BSc & PhD – University of Aberdeen), business management (MSc – University of Aberdeen) and theology (MDiv – Queen’s University Belfast & GradCert Th – Bible College of New Zealand).  I am a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), member of the Society of Ordained Scientists (SOSc), member of the Thomas Merton Society and am a professed brother in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans (OEF).

Prior to ordination, I worked as an animal health economist, research manager and marine biologist and have lived in Norway, Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand.

I have recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder (Type II), a condition that is often met with misunderstanding, prejudice and stigma, for both the sufferer and their family.  This blog is my modest attempt to share my insights into the condition and I will be posting regular updates consisting of film reviews, latest research and many other categories that will hopefully be of interest to fellow sufferers.

To date, I have authored two books of poetry (both available via Amazon) – Embracing Imperfection and Looking Inwards – reflecting on my experiences of living with bipolar disorder.

Looking Inwards Front Page

5 thoughts on “About Me & This Blog

  1. Hi Scott,
    Just to say that Rosie and I and the walkers miss you on our little walks.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for you, anytime.
    God Bless

  2. I have Bipolar Disorder too.
    I can handle the hypomanic states, but its the agitation and anxiety that happens when I hit a depression. I just recently started Lithium….I hope it will give me some stability.

    I am gald I found your blog. Hang in there and keep the faith.

  3. Hello Scott, thanks a lot for writing this blog. I hope you stay well. My 20 yrs old son committed suicide in October 2014. I write a blog in his memory thatI would like to share with you. kidsaregifts.wordpress.com
    Just want you to know – you are never alone. Lots of love, S.

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