Church in the news

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

Thursday 24 September, 2015

The Lochaber News is carrying an article about the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison who has embarked on a six-day tour of parishes within the Presbytery of Lochaber. The article wrongly states that Mrs Marion Morrison was the dux at her old school, Lochaber High School. She was head girl.

The Daily Mail has followed up an article published in Life and Work about television inventor John Logie Baird. His son Professor Malcolm Baird revealed that the family home did not have a television until 1952 – five years after sets were introduced. (print only)

The Dundee Evening Telegraph has carried an article about a ceremony in the city to mark the centenary of the Battle of Loos which will attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay. The Rev David Collins, moderator of the Presbytery of Dundee and minister at Auchterhouse Church linked with Monikie, Newbigging and Murroes and Tealing, will be at the ceremony, which will also be attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Ginger the dog who was taught to understand commands in Gaelic at a Church of Scotland congregation in Argyll was yesterday a guest on STV's Riverside show with his master Neil Smith and his wife Eileen.

Irish radio station Newstalk has carried the story about Ginger but with a slightly different take. It reads - a Scottish spaniel is doing what generations of Irish students have struggled to do - he is learning Irish!

Wednesday 23 September, 2015

The Church has been mentioned in coverage of a memorial service being held in Dundee this weekend to mark the centenary of the Battle of Loos on the Western Front- the first time the British used poison gas.

The Rev David Collins, moderator of the Presbytery of Dundee and minister at Auchterhouse Church linked with Monikie, Newbigging and Murroes and Tealing, will be at the ceremony, which will also be attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

STV Online have published an articlewhich states that the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will go to the Battle of Loos service attended by more than 1,000 people including 250 armed forces serving personnel and 300 war veterans who will parade through the city before taking their seats in City Square.

The Scotsman has published an article about the service which focuses on a family which has shared letters and photographs of a Scottish commander who led his men into battle at Loos but died of his injuries. Lieutenant Colonel John Stansfeld, of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, was injured within minutes of the battle which started on 25 September 1915 in Northern France.

The Courier has also published an article about the centenary of the battle which resulted in British casualties being about twice as high as German casualties. (print only)

The BBC website has picked by the storyabout a dog who learned basic commands in Gaelic after attending a conversation class with his master Neil Smith at Strone Church of Scotland near Dunoon in Argyll, The Dunoon Observer has also published the Church's article.

Mr Smith is expected to appear on the STV magazine TV programme Riverside Show tonight to talk about his talented dog and the impact the Kirk classes have had on his life.

Tuesday 22 September, 2015

National and regional media outlets as well as more than 30 local newspapers have published the Church's light hearted "tail" about Ginger the Cocker Spaniel, a hearing dog, who has learned to understand basic commands in Gaelic after attending classes at Strone Church in Argyll with his master Neil Smith,who is profoundly deaf.

A short video clip of Ginger showing off his skills made by the Church has been uploaded on multiple news websites.

Outlets to have published the story include the Herald and the Sun.

The Scotsman's coverage of the story can be found here.

The Daily Record's coverage of the story can be read here.

Read the Press and Journal's take on the story here. An editorial in the newspaper (print only) says Ginger has brought fresh hope to people battling to master Gaelic and asks whether he should appear at the Mod.

The story has been published in the Glasgow Evening Times, Times, The Metro and The National (print only)

Other outlets to carry the "tail" include the Belfast Telegraph, the Irish Times, BT.com and media outlets in Yorkshire, Jersey and Guernsey.

BBC online have published a story about the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay who are to attend a ceremony in Dundee marking 100 years since the Battle of Loos. A series of events are planned in the city to mark the centenary of the World War One battle, which involved an estimated 30,000 Scottish soldiers. A representative from the Church of Scotland will attend the ceremony at the weekend.

Monday 21 September, 2015

The tragic tale about a former Church of Scotland minister whose body fell from a helicopter into an Argyll loch has been published by a range of media outlets. Retired Aberdeen university chaplain William Murdoch, 64, is thought to have died after tumbling into the water from his dinghy while fishing on Loch Fyne,


Outlets that published the story include -
The Express
Press and Journal
The Dunoon Observer

The story has also been published by the Aberdeen Evening Express, The Times, The Scotsman and Daily Telegraph (print only)

The Buteman has published an article about a group of people including senior Church of Scotland figures such as former Moderator the Very Rev Lorna Hood who visited the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia, the scene of a terrible massacre in the 1990s. Argyll MSP Mike Russell said: "Nothing prepares you for the visceral experience of hearing from survivors of the genocide at Srebrenica," he said, "but the harrowing experience is a vital one if those who come here go away determined that it should never be forgotten and never repeated. We all need to understand that if it happened here it could happen anywhere.

The Church of Scotland has been mentioned in articles about the plight of refugees fleeing Syria published in titles including the Edinburgh Evening News, Midlothian Advertiser and Highland News. (print only)

The News Letter has picked up the story about the Church calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene in a row that has led to staff at a Kirk school in Israel taking strike action.(print only)