Meet Ruca, our nine week old border collie pup. It seems to be the season for ministry colleagues adding puppies to their families. I suggested, tongue in cheek, that we feel the need to have a cute fluffy bundle in our manse to secure our tenures. The Ministries Council certainly isn't doing much to affirm full time ministers of word and sacrament at present. When I broached this I was told that I was just insecure. That may well be true but it was hardly a very pastoral response. Yesterday's report to the General Assembly seemed to focus on asking yet more of parish ministers already stretched by shrinking resources. Just one reason it's good to come home to the enthusiastic welcome of a four legged friend.