I’m Diana Hall. I’m the Rector of St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal & Methodist Church in Dunbar, East Lothian and an occasional contributor to BBC Radio religion and ethics broadcasts.

Originally from the Scottish Borders, I’ve spent much of my adult life in Edinburgh, with interludes in rural Perthshire and St Andrews. Before being ordained I was a dispute resolution solicitor. Some other things I’ve done  include lifeguarding, tutoring, bar tending, bookselling, and helping manage an outdoor centre.


1. Owned by one semi-domesticated miniature panther and two sprocker spaniels, all named after saints.

2. I LOVE my bed.

3. I swam across the second biggest whirlpool in the world and lived to tell the tale!

4. I’m more likely to remember someone by their favourite cake than by their name (and this is a genuine occupational disability).

5. My desert island luxury would be an Aeropress, filters, and coffee. That counts as one item, right?

6. The author and former Scots law professor Alexander McCall Smith taught me everything I know (more than you might think!) about getting away with murder.

7. I like to bake bread.

8. I once completed in a 10-hour endurance off road mountain bike race. Never again.

9. I’m scared of wasps.

10. Tangfastics… snack of champions!


This blog is a place for my musings. The content does not necessarily reflect the opinions of  my denomination or congregation. Errors are all mine. Comments are welcome. Trolls are not.


The church matters… and we have work to do to ensure we don’t lose sight of that – and especially of Jesus Christ – in our communities. God’s love and grace are available to everyone (yes, everyone), and they are for sharing! Once we’ve had a taste of being loved by someone who knows all about us and would still do anything to be with us, life is never the same again.

Belhaven beach

  4 comments for “About

  1. May 10, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for popping by on my blog. Good to see I’m a suitable distraction from study!

  2. Antoinette Galbraitg
    August 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Diana, lovely to see this on Sheila Yarrow’s FB page. I wonder if there is any chance you would come and speak at the Filliing Station we run in Melrose, the first Monday of every month but not Jan and Aug.
    Currently need a speaker for Dec and then New Year onwards. A long way for you I know…
    Much love

  3. May 31, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I JUST found this! I am so excited to read and listen. 🙂 xx

  4. Lorna Cammockl
    May 31, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I am Lorna Cammock (88) You don’t know me… yet. I think we have friends and a cat in common. See you on Facebook tomorrow. Heard you this morning on Sunday Worship. Ich freue mich daß wir bald sprechen Konen. Bleibe behütet.

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