Church in the news

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

Tuesday 28 July, 2015

In today's Church in the News, a Trustee on the Church's Investors' Trust, Dr Norval Bryson, has been appointed to a prominent regulatory committee at the Bank of England. Dr Bryson, who also chairs the Audit committee of the Investors' Trust, is to sit on the Prudential Regulation Authority, which plays a key role in the stability of the UK's financial sector. The Bank's press release is here

In the Church Law Dept, solicitor Jennifer Campbell's success in gaining a distinction in her Masters in Employment Law and Practice was promoted by Robert Gordon University. The university website notes it capped a busy period for Jennifer, who even completed an essay during her honeymoon.

Monday 27 July, 2015

An article in the Sunday Times carries an interview with Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, on the need for increased resources for religious education in schools to help combat a rise in the number of young people being radicalised. The paper carries a sympathetic piece following Mrs Foster-Fulton's criticism of the Prime Minister's speech on tackling extremism. The article notes recent research from Education Scotland which found few non-denominational secondary schools are providing adequate religious and moral  education for older pupils. (paywall)

The Scotsman looks back at the life of former Minister and leading Edinburgh analytical psychotherapist, Robert Murray Leishman, including a fascinating account of his stormy relationship with his father in law, the BBC's first Director General, Lord Reith.

The Daily Record takes a satirical look at a planning permission furore that is developing in the village of Gartocharn, where the community is blocking proposals for three new houses to be built near the local church. The planning application also includes a Rainbow Valley cancer therapy centre. However, the session clerk of Gartocharn stated that an application from just Rainbow Valley would be looked on favourably , provided that the building blends in with the local area.

A German wind band performed in St Mungo's Church, Alloa during last Sunday's worship.

The Edinburgh Evening News ran a campaign to see how people would spend 24 hours in Edinburgh. Ewan Aitken, a Church of Scotland minister offered his idea of a great trip to Scotland's capital: Carlton Hill, the National Galleries of Scotland, and the Scott Monument.

Friday 24 July, 2015

You can listen to an extended interview between the Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison and the broadcaster Graham Spiers on the BBC Radio Scotland website It lasts almost half an hour, and is the long version of the 10 minutes which appeared on the Shereen programme last Saturday morning. Unlike the BBC iplayer, these interviews hosted on the BBC website are not withdrawn after 4 weeks.

Elsewhere, in the Church of England's Church Times, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton is quoted in its coverage of the Prime Minister's speech on tackling extremism Sally has also been interviewed by The Sunday Times on promoting understanding and tolerance through education, and an article is due in this weekend's edition.

BBC Scotland has been recording a feature today with Rev Mary Whittaker, who received a great deal of attention at the General Assembly which she attended with her 'hearing dog' Scott. A TV feature on Mary and her work with deaf congregations in the north east will be broadcast in the next few weeks. You can read about her at the General Assembly here

Thursday 23 July, 2015

The announcement the Church's leading official, Pauline Weibye, is to retire at next year's General Assembly is covered by The Herald , Deadline News and The Courier (print only)

The Stirling Observer features two events aimed to raise money for the Organ Restoration Fund at Stirling's Church of the Holy Rude: a performance from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate & cellist Rebecca Luke, and a lecture by Professor Alasdair Macdonald on 'James VI & His Poets'.