Church in the News: 24 October, 2016

Church in the News Tuesday 18 October - Monday 24 October 

Fairway to Heaven

Rev Susan Brown has written thought provoking reflections for each of the 18 Championship Course holes at Royal Dornoch Golf Club in the Highlands to help inspire players and “exercise the body, mind and spirit”.

Mrs Brown, minister of 13th century Dornoch Cathedral, said the “thoughts”, which are part advice on how to best tackle the links course, were designed to help quieten the minds of golfers and give them a sense of perspective on life.

“Royal Dornoch is a stunning course and golf, for many people, is a spiritual experience,” said the Chapel Royal in Scotland member.

“As the local minister I wondered how the Church could participate positively in the 400 year anniversary celebrations so I came up with the idea of creating a Holy Round.

“I went out at different times of the day and walked the course to get a sense of the uniqueness of each hole and then from what I saw, created a simple ‘thought’ for all 18 holes – plus another for the obligatory 19th which is the club house.

“The thoughts are not designed to provide people with the perfect excuse to go golfing instead of to worship, but offer an opportunity to help the game be a more complete experience that exercises body, mind and spirit.”

The story was picked up extensively by the press including The Times, The Scotsman, The Glasgow Evening Times, The Herald, STV news, The Daily Record and The Press & Journal

Ethical Finance

A world leading interfaith initiative aimed at creating a practical ethical financial solution met today at a private round table to be held in the House of Lords in London.

Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison and Rev Sally Foster Fulton represented the Church of Scotland at a launch event for the initiative last March. The Church of Scotland and Islamic Finance Council UK are convening the unique gathering of faith leaders, parliamentarians, and finance practitioners to agree a shared values framework upon which a financial solution, open to all in society, will be developed.

The joint venture, the culmination of many years of dialogue, was launched earlier this year in response to the systemic failure and non-sustainability of the current financial model that has struggled to recover from the economic, operational and reputational damage caused by the global crisis in 2008/09.

The Scotsman covered the story, and Omar Shaikh from the Islamic Finance Council UK spoke on BBC radio Scotland today about the project (1'40"30). 

Read the Church of Scotland web article.

Kirk condemns situation in Syria

The Church of Scotland has urged the Syrian and Russian governments and other forces to stop their bombardment of Aleppo.

Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly, said he was “appalled” by attacks on ordinary civilians which can never be passed off as a consequence of war.

He added that life was a gift from God and the “slaughter must end now”.

Dr Barr has signed a joint statement along with the leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church in Wales, Quakers in Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, who collectively represent more than one million people across the UK.

Christian Today and Anglican Communion News picked up the story.