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.