We asked some religious leaders about their fathers. The Right Reverend David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said:
I realise that I learned from my father that we are all here to serve and to help other people. Life is a gift and we all have to use that gift for the good of the society in which we live.
My father, who was a GP in West Fife, spent himself looking after his patients. When he died one of his patients said to me it was as if a friend had passed away. He was also an elder in the Kirk. When I was studying divinity we would regularly debate issues of faith. It was clear to me he took his faith seriously, but also that he questioned it regularly. If that causes uncertainty on occasion, it also results in a stronger faith.
I like to think those qualities have helped to shape my own outlook on life. I am very much aware I am my father's son.