Church in the news

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

Wednesday 22 July, 2015

The retirement of the Church's general secretary Pauline Weibye has been announced on the website.http://bit.ly/1eg4Jsj

Deadline News agency have covered the statement made by the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton following the announcement of the Prime Minister's plan to prevent extremism http://bit.ly/1IkmFQs

Tuesday 21 July, 2015

Following a statement by the Church of Scotland on David Cameron's plans to prevent extremism, The National supports a call from the Rev Sally Foster Fulton to tackle extremism through 'dialogue and collaboration' and a reminder to 'consider ways we in the UK could live out the values of love and hospitality'. Main story: http://bit.ly/1JtiOve , editorial http://bit.ly/1MF1g2b. The story on the Church website can be found here http://bit.ly/1ebUW6x

On BBC Radio Scotland Call Kaye this morning the Rev Hutton Steel spoke about online safety and his experience of having his account hacked 3 times. http://bbc.in/1IhtpP5 (starts at 9'55 and lasts three minutes)

The Cumbernauld News gives a touching account of the funeral cortege of Jim & Ann McQuire as it passed through their hometown of Abronhill, Cumbernauld. There was a strong sense of community solidarity for the two victims of the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, with shoppers 'stopped in their tracks in silence' and Abronhill Parish Church so packed for the funeral service that loudspeakers were needed outside for those who couldn't listen inside.

Monday 20 July, 2015

You can listen to the Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison giving a frank interview on BBC Radio Scotland at the weekend to the well known broadcaster Graham Spiers, who is himself a theology graduate. Dr Morrison discusses how the Church deals with talking through difficult issues, as well as his thoughts on assisted dying, atheism, and his own recovery from illness. The interview is available until 15th August http://bbc.in/1IehXUt(interview starts at 40'44 and lasts ten minutes)

There's coverage in The Southern Reporter about the Srebrenica memorial service held last week at St Giles' Cathedral. http://bit.ly/1Vkjs7j

The new Churches Mutual Credit Union gets a mention on the website of Co-operative News as an example of the increasing popularity of credit unions. http://bit.ly/1LmxCl6

Whilst commenting on SNP MP Mhairi Black's maiden House of Common speech condemning sanctions made by the Department of Work & Pensions, The Herald adds that frontline organisations such as the Church of Scotland are also calling for a review. http://bit.ly/1MjXiz4

The Peebleshire News celebrates the success of the annual Kirkin' Service at Innerleithen Church as part of St Ronan's Games Week, which was so well attended that the upstairs of the church was opened up to allow for more people! http://bit.ly/1RIREu6

Friday 17 July, 2015

In its 'Picture of the Day' section, the Edinburgh Evening News features children enjoying themselves at The Tent, a summer play initiative involving a number of Church organisations.

There has been press coverage about the closure of two churches. The Press & Journal and the Aberdeen Evening News (print) covers the putting on the market of Johnshaven Church http://bit.ly/1I861Ui. The Gazette discusses the future of Kilbarchan West Church after the congregation merged with Kilbarchan East Church, which is being used for services http://bit.ly/1TGAniC.