Church in the news

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

Tuesday 16 June, 2015

BBC Radio Scotland's Kaye Adams show featured a discussion about religious education in schools. Among the callers: Rev Shuna Dicks and Rev Jonathan Fleming. 09:08:10

BBC Radio Scotland'sThought for the Day featured Church of Scotland elder Paul Mitchell on June 16.07:24:10

The Scotsman's print edition has an obituary for Norma Ronald MBE DCS, who served as a chaplain at Cornton Vale and Saughton prisons. A youth worker in Romania, Cumbernauld and Dundee, she finished up her pastoral career in Morningside.

"Over the course of her long pastoral career, countless people all across society benefited from her practical, caring ministry and wise counsel. While she was loyal, supportive and hard-working – she had exacting standards which she expected to be upheld by the ministers around her– she was feisty too and never afraid to voice her opinions."

The Press and Journal's print edition reports that a Moray woman is raising money to cure breast cancer with a sponsored sky dive. Linda Robertson, who created the challenge after becoming ill with breast cancer, will be accompanied by her close friends Wendy Jones and Rev Shuna Dicks.

This week's Church of Scotland voice on Twitter is Rev Daniel Manastireanu, Minister at Glasgow St Paul's Church, in Provanmill. Check out his tweets at @churchscovoices

The Courier reports that the Anstruther Improvements Association has submitted a revised planning application for Dreel Halls, formerly owned by the Church and Fife Council (as Hew Scott Hall and Anstruther Town Hall). Plans to add an extension, improve internal access and upgrade the exterior of the building were turned down in March by North East Fife Planning.

The Fraserburgh Herald (print edition) reports that Pitsligo Parish Church in Rosehearty held a Doric afternoon led by Church of Scotland Reader Dorothy Mair.

Monday 15 June, 2015

The Herald reports on page 12 of its print edition that the Dingwall-based Highland Theological College has opened a campus in Glasgow where it will offer a BA in Theological Studies.

The Daily Record reports that Cambuslang Parish church is working with Alzheimers Scotland to create a garden for people with dementia.

The Sunday Mail's print edition covered a new report from the Church and Society Council interpreting it to say that the Church believes people should pay higher taxes:

"In an unusual intervention, the Kirk has weighed into the debate on the future of taxation, saying people should regard the money they earn from jobs, houses and investments as common property to be shared. After two years of research, it has submitted a detailed report to a Scottish Government commission set up to consider reform of the existing system of council tax.

"Basing its findings on scripture, the report by the Kirk's Church and Society Council says: 'Our "ownership" of the fruits of God's creation is only temporary and conditional. 'Ultimately, what we have is not ours but God's, and so should be used to build God's kingdom. As God freely gives in love, we are challenged to hold nothing back."

The Sunday Post reported on Rev Liz Gibson from Mull who grows her own tea in its story: "Vicar Liz brewing up a storm with high-class tea from Mull – and Nicola Sturgeon gave some to Barack Obama."

Ekklesia reports that the Scottish Episcopal Church is examining its policies on same-sex marriage:

"The Scottish Episcopal Church has taken a major step towards letting same-sex couples marry in church. However the process of change will take at least two years. If and when final approval is given, priests will be allowed – but not required – to celebrate weddings between same-sex partners. The General Synod voted to ask the Faith and Order Board to look at revising the church's rules on marriage. An overwhelming majority backed the resolution.

"That would also allow our clergy to enter into same-sex marriages," said David Chillingworth, the Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, and Primus (chief bishop) of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

The Herald also reports on the Scottish Episcopal Church same-sex marriage vote:

A letter to The Stornoway Gazette from Rev K Macdonald of Scalpay expresses sadness at the Church's vote on ministers in same-sex relationships.

Friday 12 June, 2015

The Church of Scotland is calling on the Chancellor to use any money raised from the proposed sale of the Royal Bank of Scotland to cancel the cuts that are hurting families in poverty.

There is coverage in the Belfast Telegraph and Press and Journal (print only) about the decision of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland decision not to attend next year's General Assembly in protest at the Church of Scotland's decision on same sex marriage and ministers. A Church of Scotland spokesman said: "We are sorry to learn that the PCI has decided not to send representatives to our General Assembly next year. We have always valued our close contacts with the PCI and it is our hope that we can continue to speak to each other on a range of issues."

Thursday 11 June, 2015

On BBC Radio Scotland's Stark Talk, Rev Doug McRoberts speaks to Edi Stark about the Out of Africa... Into Malta mission and the congregation of St Andrew's Scots Church, Malta went from zero to €250,000 in four years and how he believes his whole life led up to his work among Malta's refugees:

A letter to the Scotsman compares Scottish Nationalist Party politics with Church of Scotland initiatives.

The Press & Journal reports that St Giles Church in Elgin will continue to hold services. A listed building, St Giles is one of two churches serving the St Giles and St Columba's congregation.

"On Sunday, membersof the St Giles and St Columba's church congregation held a vote on whether to continue to use the A-listed town centre building as an occasional place of worship, or conduct all services in St Columba's. The results of the ballot were disclosed yesterday, showing members had elected to continue using the St Giles building."

The Cochrane Times Post in Canada reports that the St.Paul's United Church in Cochrane celebrated 90 years of faith by remembering its roots in Europe, especially France and Scotland.

Quoting extensively from the United Church of Canada archives the story says:

"French Huguenots, escaping persecution following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, brought the Reformed Faith to Canada. After the ceding of Nova Scotia to England in 1713, subsequent immigration of Presbyterians from Scotland and Ireland completely overwhelmed the small French contingent. In 1795 this presbytery was joined by a second, the Presbytery of Pictou,which represented another faction of Scottish Presbyterianism. In 1817 these two groups, joined by a few ministers from the Established Church of Scotland were able to come together and form the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia."

The Eastbourne Herald reports that the Church of England's Bishop of Horsham has changed his view on the ordination of women priests, deacons and bishops. "Bishop Mark, who presides over parishes in Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and the South Downs, said today that he now wishes to accept women into all these roles."