Church in the news

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

Friday 11 September, 2015

The Herald is carrying an article about concerns raised about a Kirk school in Israel. Funding cuts pose a "mortal threat" to the future of one of Israel's most famous Christian schools, founded by a Scottish missionary more than 150 years ago, the Church of Scotland has warned.

The Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene in the crisis facing faith schools in Israel, including the Church of Scotland-run Tabeetha School in Jaffa.

The Daily Mail is one of several outlets which has published an article about an opinion poll that suggests that one in seven Scots think they will end up in hell after they die. The Rev Colin Sinclair, convener of the mission and discipleship council, is quoted in the piece, saying the poll findings make for uncomfortable reading but could reflect the "down-to-earth nature of Scots' character, the impact of cultural Calvinism and a refusal to run away from the reality of life".

The Courier and the Times are carrying the story as is the Scotsman

BBC Scotland online have published an article about a missionary who died at the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp who is to be recognised at a church in Dumfries and Galloway. Jane Haining was killed at the Nazi death camp in 1944 after dedicating her life to working with Jewish children in Budapest. A plaque in her memory will now be installed in Dunscore Parish Church, close to her birthplace.

Anglican Communion News service is carrying an article about First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praising interfaith work.The Rt Revd Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, attended the meeting. Ms Sturgeon is quoted as saying: "Interfaith work and the contribution of faith groups is essential in transforming lives and building a stronger, fairer and equal Scotland. The overwhelming support we have seen from across Scotland over the past week [to the refugee humanitarian crisis] shows willingness of the people of Scotland to help the most vulnerable arriving in Scotland and across the world. By working together with all communities I want to see a safer, stronger and more inclusive society which we are all able to fully contribute to and benefit from."

The Courier is running a piece about church leaders in the west of Fife who have joined together to bring a Syrian family to the kingdom. Dunfermline Presbytery has agreed to offer a safe refuge to those fleeing the war-torn country, with local churches sponsoring and supporting "the rescue of at least one family".

Radio Four has aired an interview with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Scottish Labour Party founder James Keir Hardie died 100 years ago and the former MP reflects on his life, mentioning briefly his father's role as a Church of Scotland minister in Govan, Glasgow.

Thursday 10 September, 2015

The Courier reports Dunfermline Presbytery has approved a motion to provide support for those fleeing the crisis in Syria with the ambition to "support the rescue of at least one family". Clerk Rev Dr Iain Greenshields is pictured, and quoted saying the plan is still in its infancy, and may do nothing to solve the crisis, but at least provides the opportunity for the 24 churches in the presbytery to have a starting point in helping address the issue.

ITV news used the picture and comments we distributed in their coverage of the Queen becoming the country's longest reigning monarch

In The Times, a letter co-signed by Church and Society convener Sally Foster-Fulton highlights the levels of inequality in the UK, and asks that whoever is elected leader of the Labour Party this weekend treats the reduction of inequality as a priority (Print only).

The Berwickshire News reports the former church in Longformacus has been reopened as a heritage centre

Wednesday 9 September, 2015

The Church of Scotland is front and centre of media reports published in communities the length and breadth of the country about Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest-serving monarch in UK history

Outlets have published comments made by the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly, who spent last weekend with Her Majesty at Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside and preached in her presence at Crathie Kirk.

Media outlets have also published comments made by the Rev Ken MacKenzie, Minister of Crathie Kirk. He said: "There is terrific admiration and affection in the community for the Queen who has clearly been so committed and faithful over many years for what she clearly sees as a calling."

Outlets which carried the story include:

Third Force News is carrying an article about the Church and Society Council's Speak Out campaign, focusing on comments from a refugee living in Glasgow who is urging people to overcome their fears about refugees.

The Carluke Gazette is carrying a story about a Lanark Church being the pick-up point for aid for refugees. The article features the Rev Bryan Kerr of Greyfriars Church and mentions similar work being led by the Rev Jonathan Fleming of Erskine Parish Church.

The Courier is carrying a story about a Perth church which is hoping to bring a "lost" war memorial back into the public eye (print only).

The Courier has also published an article about former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev Dr James Simpson who was the speaker at Carnoustie Probus Club.

The Central Fife Times is carrying a story about Lochgelly woman Margaret Mateos who is the first woman elder to become Moderator of Dunfermline Presbytery.

Tuesday 8 September, 2015

BBC Radio Scotland broadcast an interview with the Rev Sally Foster Fulton, convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, about the launch of the Speak Out – 10,000 voices campaign for social change.

STV Glasgow also carried a version of the story. Copy reads: The Church of Scotland has launched a national campaign to empower people fighting poverty and inequality. Its project, 'Speak Out - 10,000 voices for change', hopes to tackle injustice by urging Scots to extend hospitality to refugees fleeing persecution

The initiative, which has been backed by musician and anti-poverty campaigner Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue fame, seeks to engage with 10,000 people across the country over the next four months

The Glasgow Evening Times also carried the Speak Out launch story. (print only)

The Sunday Mail carried a story about an open letter signed by faith groups, including the Church of Scotland, calling on the UK and Scottish governments to welcome refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe. It was signed by the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and stated: "Our faiths instruct us not to fear the stranger, but to love our neighbour. Our scriptures teach the importance of love and compassion for all who are destitute. (print only)

The Courier has published a similar story. (print only) as has the Christian web site Ekklesia

BBC Scotland carried a piece about Scotland's faith groups uniting in order to tackle social divisions. The Church of Scotland is participating in the campaign

A website called 7th Space Interactive carried a piece on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's reflections after a meeting of emergency summit on the refugee crisis in Edinburgh. The Rev Sally Foster Fulton was in attendance

The Daily Blog, which is managed by a team in New Zealand, also ran the story

BBC Radio Scotland carried a piece featuring the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton on the refugee crisis

The Herald has carried a story about First Minister Alex Salmond defending remarks he made about preferring people of faith. The former SNP leader made the remarks in a video for the Church of Scotland filmed at the Scottish Parliament. The Rev Stuart MacQuarrie, chaplain to the University of Glasgow, also appeared in the video - shot shortly after he addressed MSPs

The Glasgow Evening Times has also carried the story, as did The Courier

The Press and Journal and The Courier carried a column written by Alex Salmond in which he clarified his opinion on people of faith (print only).

Christian Today has carried a comment piece on remarks made about faith by former First Minister Alex Salmond

Kingdom FM also carried the story about Alex Salmond online - notably critical comments from the Humanist Society

The Courier has carried a story about the Rev Malcolm Rooney of Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church who said Angus could lead the way in Scotland's response to the refugee crisis. (print only)

The Greenock Telegraph carried a story reporting that around 2,000 members of the Church of Scotland Guild were gathering in Dundee's Caird Hall for an annual meeting. (print only)

The Courier also carried the story (print only)

The Barrhead News carried a story about Major Deanna Dougan becoming the new leader of the Barrhead Corps of the Salvation Army. Ms Dougan worked for the Church of Scotland in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Inverness for nine years whilst still serving part-time in her ministry in her 'local' Inverness Salvation Army Corps

The Daily Telegraph has published an article about moves to add abortion to the powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament under the Scottish Bill. The Kirk is said to have voiced concerns about the potential for cross-Border traffic if different rules apply north and south of the Border

The Times has published a similar story (print only).

The Central Fife Times has carried a story about the Moderator of the General Assembly the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison visiting Cowdenbeath as a part of a Presbytery of Dunfermline in October

BBC Radio 2 has carried a broadcast - Pause for thought with Church of Scotland Minister Rev Alan Sorenson, who is from Greenoak