Church in the news

The latest news on The Church of Scotland's work, events and activities from external media outlets.

Thursday 18 February, 2016

The Columba Declaration story, which saw the Moderator of the General Assembly the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison address the General Synod of the Church of England in London, was published by around 60 local, regional and national newspapers over two days.

The historic agreement recognises the longstanding ecumenical partnership between the Church of Scotland and the Church of England and paves the way for future joint working between the two churches. The issue will be debated at the Kirk's General Assembly in May.

TheBBC'sstory is available here

BBC Radio Scotland'sreport – which features an interview with the Scottish Episcopal Church - can be listened to here

The Scotsmanpublished an article on the Moderator making history

The Herald'sstory is available here

The Anglican CommunionNews Service story is here

Christian Today'sstory is available here

Premier's article about the Moderator making history can be read here

The Aberdeen Evening Express's story can be found here

Reporting Scotlandfeatures a piece focusing on the growing cost of childcare in Scotland. Gillian MacLean is a Minister for the Church of Scotland and is interviewed about juggling childcare with her work.

The Means Leader has published an article about Moderator the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison who opened a new community garden in Aberdeenshire. (print only) The article reads - Brighter Bervie kicked off its 2016 campaign with a special visit to its Voyage of Life Garden from Church of Scotland Moderator, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Angus Morrison.

The St Andrews Citizen has published a feature about the Reformation and St Andrews title as Britain's only Reformation city. The Church of Scotland is quoted in the article.

Wednesday 17 February, 2016

The Moderator's historic address to the Church of England's General Synod was widely reported in print, online and in broadcast media.

In advance of the Synod BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland news broadcast an interview with the Moderator and included the story all day in its news bulletin. (1:48:40)

Also reporting in advance:

The Herald wrote: Kirk Moderator 'first to address Church of England Synod.'

The Evening Times: Kirk Moderator to address English Synod. (print p6)

The Scotsman published two stories: Kirk Moderator to make history in England and Second Chance for new Church of Scotland Moderator.

The Daily Record: Moderator to address the Synod (print p10)

The Press and Journal: Moderator to address the Synod. (print p12)

Metro: Top minister to 'make history' with speech. (print p8)

The National: Historic trip to Synod. (print p6)

Reporting after the Moderator gave his address were:

BBC online: Church of England synod backs agreement with Church of Scotland.

The Times reported that Churches deal Agreed. (print p29)

The Herald gave the story a page lead in its print edition with two photos and also posted this story online: Moderator: Link between Kirk and Church of England embedded in DNA of both.

The Independent: Synod backs closer ties with Church of Scotland. (print p12)

The Scotsman: Anglicans agree historic pact. (print p6)

The Press and Journal: Synod backs historic deal with Kirk.

The National: English Synod agrees closer links to Kirk. (print p7)

Yorkshire Post: Church agrees to historic accord. (print p5)

You can also find our own story and the full text of the Moderator's speech on the Church website.

Kenny Macaskill writes in The Heraldthat while he is not religious he supports the work of local Churches:

"The loss of a church can leave an empty building that's often difficult to convert easily for any other purpose. They can stand forlornly as testimony to the communities past, along with the headstones in the graveyard. However, they are also the loss of a community asset…. The loss of these facilities will not be offset by expanded public ones, many of which themselves are under threat. The entire community, not just the congregation, will be the loser."

The Press and Journal reports that Very Rev Andrew McLellan has presented an award to a young graduate from a Boys Brigade course. (print p6)

"A young volunteer from Inverness has graduated with a top honour from the Boy's Brigade. Mitchell Marsh has passed through the organisation's flagship two-year King George VI Youth Leadership Training (KGVI) course."

The Paisley Gazette reports on four Boys Brigade members who have completed the same training course.

The Courier reports that two churches in Montrose will formally unite after working closely together for 35 years. (print p4)

Monday 15 February, 2016

The disagreement over the government inquiry into historic abuse was covered by dozens of local papers across the country on Friday. Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan, who carried out an inquiry for the Catholic Church has joined survivors' organisations in calling for an expansion of its remit to include non-residential settings.

The widely distributed Press Association story said:

"The Scottish inquiry, which could take four years, will focus on allegations of abuse in formal institutional care settings, such as children's homes and secure care, care, long-term hospital care and boarding schools.

"George McBride, a member of White Flowers Alba, said: "I'm a survivor, I was abused when I was a little boy at primary school, it messed my head up. And there are thousands like me out there, we don't fit in the remit."

Here is the story in the Evening Times.

Here is the STV online version.

BBC Radio 4's Sunday programreported on allegations that Jehovah's Witness have destroyed files and records of interest to the Goddard enquiry. (33:30)

Local papers also covered the story of former Church of Scotland missionary Dr Ann Jackson and the Rev Dr Elijah Obinna who were surprised to find they had an unexpected and surprising connection. While in Nigeria, Dr Jackson had worked in the same hospital as Dr Obinna's mother –although at different times.

Here's the story in the Fraserburgh Herald.

Here's our own story with video.

The Stirling Observer writes about the council's work to archive building plans this year of Innovation architecture and design. The story includes an illustration of the plan for Aberfoyle Parish Church in 1925. (print p12)

The Herald reports that more than 200 people gathered to see the unveiling of two plaques that commemorate William Wallace at Rutherglen Parish Church. The site, which has had a church for 1400 years, was where Sir John Menteith and the Earl of Pembroke are said to have negotiated Wallace's betrayal in 1305, which led to his capture and gruesome death in London.

The Daily Mail publishes an article headlined, "Christians 'are being persecuted by online hate mob'." The story is based on comments by Rev David Robertson of the Free Church of Scotland. For your information only since there is no Church of Scotland reference. (print Feb 13. P10)

Friday 12 February, 2016

The story of a minister who has come to Carluke from Nigeria struck a chord when it turned out one of his church elders was a missionary and delivered babies at the same hospital as the minister's mother. Reverend Dr Elijah Obinna and Dr Ann Jackson were delighted to discover their connection and meet one another. The story, developed by Cameron Brooks in the press office, was picked up by the Press Association and published in:

The Herald: (print p4)

The Press and Journal.

Evening Express.

The Carluke Gazette.

"It is said the world is a small place and God moves in mysterious ways.

"This could not be more true for former Church of Scotland missionary Dr Ann Jackson and the Rev Dr Elijah Obinna who were left stunned when they discovered they had an unexpected and surprising connection."

The Evening Times. (print p6)

An inquiry into historic child abuse of children in Scotland is under discussion after advocates, including former Moderator Very Rev Dr Andrew McClellan –who led a recent inquiry looking at abuse within the Catholic church— have called for a broader investigation. The Scottish Government has tasked the inquiry with looking at abuse of children in residential care, including residential schools, homes and treatment centres as well as foster care. Advocates want a wider brief that looks at child abuse in non-residential care settings.

The Times. (print p22)

STV West news at 6 pm reported: "Today, the Church of Scotland said it would cooperate if the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry's remit was widened…" The story went on to quote Dr. McLellan.

The Daily Express. (print news P19 and editorial p12) The editorial said:

"The long-awaited inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland is finally set to get under way within weeks and is expected to last up to four years. Many survivors are angry, however, that Susan O'Brien QC will not consider the stories of victims in the care of religious institutions.

"Understandably, perhaps, they would like to see the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland included in the inquiry's remit, as well as organisations such as the Scouts."

The Scotsman publishes an obituary for Anthony Curtis Wolffe MBE, an architect whose storied life includes being confirmed by the anti-nazi pastor Martin Niemoller .

"He gave liberally to others of his time, expertise and knowledge. At one time or another, he was convener of the Church of Scotland Committee on Artistic Matters, president of the Galloway Preservation Society and president of the Architectural Society of Scotland, an organisation which awarded him an Honorary Fellowship. He served as a Trustee of the Scottish Architectural Heritage Trust and was, for twenty years, an elder of Anwoth Parish. From 1981, he was a Trustee of the Murray Usher Foundation, a charity which promotes the betterment of Gatehouse-of-Fleet, including its citizens and visitors."

The Bellshill Speaker reports that a £2 million building preservation project at Bothwell Parish Church is nearing completion.

"Work has focused on the 14th century quire at the back of the building. Masonry fell from the ceiling five years ago, prompting a major programme to secure the 800-year-old foundations, stabilise the walls and replace stone slabs on the roof." (print p5)

The Berwick Advertiser reports on the progress of renovations at Lindisfarne Parish Church. (print p28)

The Berwickshire News Thought for the Day mentions the wisdom a Church of Scotland minister who told the author that, "when he was young he was impressed by people who were smart. Now he is older he is impressed by people who are kind." (print p28)

The Berwickshire News also publishes an adorable photo of children taking part in a pancake race organised by Rev Stephen Blakey. (Print p1)

The Buteman reports that an Alcoholics Anonymous group in Rothesay reaching its silver anniversary has thanked Trinity Church of Scotland for hosting its meetings.

"For the last 25 years Rothesay Trinity Church has treated us with generosity, consideration and most importantly to us, discretion. They have made certain that we recovering alcoholics are able to meet in a safe, central and comfortable environment." (print p16)

The Deeside Piper reports that a court date has been set in the Bailey Gwynne case, mentioning that hundreds attended a service in Cults Parish Church to mourn the boy who died after being stabbed in school. (print p2)

The Dunoon Observer welcomes a new minister with a photo and full page interview with Rev Dr Roderick Campbell, a former paratrooper who previously served in Sri Lanka.

"Rev Dr Roderick Campbell was inducted as Minister of West Lochfyneside at Cumlodden Parish Church, Furnace, on December 12…Our interview with the reverend revealed him to be a deeply thoughtful, widely read man." (print p20)

The Inverurie Advertiser reports on the new Insch Manse, specially designed to meet the needs of Church of Scotland minister Rev Dr Kay Gauld. (print p5)

The John O'Groat Journal reports that Thurso church member Myrtle Gillies has been invited to meet the Queen as a recipient of specially minted Maundy money at the Royal Maundy Service in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

"Mrs Gillies (77) has been a member of presbytery for over 20 years, was moderator once and clerk to presbytery for five-and-a-half years." (print p3)

The Stornoway Gazette reports on the appointment of Ms Mary Mcleod as Solicitor to the Church and Law Agent for the General Assembly. (print p11)

The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald has reported on Rev David McNeish, who recently talked about switching careers from doctor to minister. (print p8)

The Orcadian also reports the story. (print p6)

The North Star (print p9) and the Ross-shire Journal (print p6) reported on the ordination of a husband and wife team.

"Susan Cord and James Bissett, from Cowdenbeath in Fife, were welcomed into the Presbytery of Ross during a service at Knockbain Church in Munlochy on Saturday. Ms Cord will lead the linked charge of Killearnan and Knockbain churches, while Mr Bissett will become an Ordained Local Minister who works part-time for the presbytery while continuing to study at the Highland Theological College in Dingwall."