Church in the news

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

Tuesday 25 August, 2015

The Edinburgh Reporter covers the campaign to stop human trafficking, and has embedded the Church's video, Stop the Traffik, featuring Rt Rev Angus Morrison.

"The Stop the Traffik initiative has been backed by the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who described the practice as a "great evil".

The Rev Carol Ford of St Margaret's Church in Edinburgh, a member of the Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group, said many people were unaware that people trafficking happened in cities across Scotland. More than 4,000 people signed the petition which calls on fashion retailers not to sellclothes made by people who have been forced into slave labour in countries like India. The aim is to put an end to the practice and introduce a living wage, proper contacts and guaranteed freedom of movement."

The Courier reports on a historic Fife building that formerly was a Church of Scotland residence for elders in its story: 'Authorities urged to find new answer for fire-ravaged Leslie House.'"Councillor Fiona Grant called for an urgent meeting to debate the future of 17th Century Leslie House, six years on from the devastating blaze.The grade A-listed house on the south-east edge of Leslie is the largest and earliest Restoration house in Fife and was owned by Sir Robert Spencer-Nairn, of the linoleum-producing Nairn family, until he donated it to the Church of Scotland.Last week councillors refused planning consent for the construction of the houses, for fear they would harm the amenity and setting of the historic property built for the Duke of Rothes. Eight years ago construction of 12 houses in the grounds was given the green light but only to fund the restoration of Leslie House. The building was being converted into luxury flats when the fire struck. Mrs Grant said: 'Fife Council, the owner of the house and Historic Scotland could and should all do much more to progress the renovation of this grade A listed building.'I'm asking Fife to organise an urgent meeting with all involved so that a way forward can be discussed.'"

Monday 24 August, 2015

The Herald is carrying a story about a big hearted Church of Scotland congregation. The hand of friendship has been extended from the Church of Scotland to the Catholic Church after a fire ruined a place of worship.St Patrick's Catholic Church in Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire, went up in flames last Monday after a fire took hold in a bin area at the back of the building.

Scotland on Sunday is carrying a story about a volunteer working for a Church of Scotland project in Malta who has urged David Cameron to learn lessons from the pioneering methods being used to help asylum seekers. David Lloyd, a retired chartered accountant with the Out of Africa Project in Valletta, criticised the Prime Minister's use of the word "swarm" to describe migrants and said instead the UK could look at innovative ways of helping migrants get on their feet financially.

The Times of Malta have also picked up the story . British Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to learn from a Church of Scotland project in Malta which provides interest free loans to migrants and asylum seekers.

The Evening Times is carrying a story about the Church of Scotland urging the Scottish Government to continue fighting for minimum pricing for alcohol following a 5% increase in alcohol related deaths.

The Herald carried the same story.

Deadline News carried a slightly different version of the same story,. CrossReach director Calum Murray said he was "disappointed but not surprised" that the number of alcohol related deaths in Scotland has increased by 5% in the last 12 months.

The Shetland Times carried a story about National Youth Moderator Hannah Mary Goodlad urging people to sign a petition calling for children in troubled countries to be given access to basic education. (Print only)

Ekklesia also carries a version of the story. Church of Scotland leaders have urged members to sign a declaration which calls on governments around the world to ensure that every child is able to go to school.

Friday 21 August, 2015

The Press and Journal report on the gift of a tapestry to an Orkney church.

"A Church of Scotland congregation in Orkney has celebrated the donation of a beautiful tapestry specially commissioned to hang in their new building. The project to build the Milestone Church in West Mainland was a major undertaking for the then minister the Rev Andrea Price. She has since moved on to St Columba's in London." (print) See the story on the Church's website here:

In an opinion piece in The National, Jeane Freeman references the Church's statement on migrants in her article, "We must not leave migrants to their plight."

The Press and Journal's Highland edition published a short profile of CrossReach's Achvarasdal House, a 25-bed residential home for older people in Reay,Caithness.

"One of CrossReach's residential care homes in Scotland, there's real peace and quiet here, and wildlife – birds and even deer come through the forest on to the lawns, enjoyed every day by residents and staff alike.

'We don't just see those we work with as older people,' said CrossReach. 'They're someone's mum. Someone's dad. Someone's grandparent.'"

Thursday 20 August, 2015

The Scotsman reports on the Church's call for a change of policy on migrants in its story, 'UK has obligation to help migrants, Kirk says'.

"Speaking ahead of today's meeting between Home Secretary Theresa May and French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Calais, the Rev Sally Foster Fulton, said: 'It must not primarily be about improving security but about demonstrating the values of hospitality and compassion."' (print)

The media continues to report on former Moderator, Rev Dr Andrew McLellan's Commission investigating the Catholic Church in Scotland's response to allegations of abuse. Dr McLellan's commission made 8 recommendations which the Catholic church has fully accepted. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia gave a public apology to victims of abuse shortly after the report was released. The Scotsman:

The Lanark Gazette reports on the closure of a historic village church. "The last service will be held in Douglas Water and Rigside Church on Sunday, August 30, at 7pm, then it closes its doors after 129 years. The congregation at Rigside and Douglas Water merged with the Douglas congregation to form Douglas Valley, and services have been taking place in Douglas and then in Rigside Halls every Sunday." (print)

The Caithness Courier reports on a church that will be highlighted in a celebration of historic and modern buildings. "A historic Caithness kirk is among the new attractions to feature on the annual Highland Doors Open Days programme. Berriedale Church of Scotland and its cemetery is one of 47 buildings – new and old – which the public is invited to visit and find out about over four weekends next month, with free admission to all venues and many offering special events and activities."(Print)