Church in the news

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

Thursday 30 April, 2015

Rt Rev John Chalmers talked to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme, talking about his Munro challenge. Originally the money raised was to go to celebrate 70 years of Christian Aid, but will now go to the Christian Aid Nepal Earthquake Appeal. (starts at 2.47.25)

Deadline News also reports on the moderator's Munro challenge under the headline, Church moderator to climb Ben Lomond for Nepal earthquake victims:

Here's our own story about the moderator's call to send the Munro challenge funds to the Nepal appeal:

In The Herald Moderator Rt Rev John Chalmers talks about engaging with God after the Nepal earthquake:

BBC's Reporting Scotland programme featured the new book on John Knox by Professor Jane Dawson of Edinburgh University. (Starts at 25:10)

Life and Work's Parish news roundup includes reports on: Broom Parish Church, in the Presbytery of Glasgow held a fundraiser featuring the Glasgow Philharmonic Male Voice Choir with the world renowned soloist, Oksana Mavrodii. The event is part of the church's new fundraising effort. St Andrew's Wallace Green and Lowick in Berwick-Upon-Tweed held a Flower Festival at Easter with displays about the church's history and current work. The Church of Scotland Carlisle honoured five elders ordained in March 1985 for their long service.

Wednesday 29 April, 2015

The Herald has an opinion piece on tackling Human Trafficking and its links to the sex trade by Prof Hazel Watson, convener of the Scottish Churches Anti Trafficking Group. In an opinion piece, Prof Watson outlines the case they'll be presenting to the Scottish Government this week. (paywall)

Hear Prof Watson interviewed on the BBC John Beattie show about the group's proposals to tackle Human Trafficking, especially through sexual exploitation. It's at 1hr24min20secs at this link

The Herald reports on a new biography of John Knox by Professor Jane Dawson of Edinburgh University. The book unveils yet-unseen letters between Knox and his friend Christopher Goodman reveals a new side of the preacher, the article says.

An article in the Courier covers a report to the General Assembly that raises concerns over church policy on same-sex marriage. Different rules for same-sex marriages may be challenged under European Human Rights laws, it suggests. ; A letter in The Scotsman on the same subject says the issue is one of respect.

STV News at 6 carried a report on the launch of a new educational resource about the history and people of Greyfriars Kirk. The report shows the moderator and children from Sciennes Pimary School marching through the kirkyard with four rambunctious Skye terriers. Starts at: 11:16 The Herald published a picture of the moderator at Greyfriars Kirk in its print edition. Check out our own story on the church's website:

Tuesday 28 April, 2015

A Church of Scotland mission partner in Nepal has thanked well-wishers following Saturday's devastating earthquake in the country which has left thousands dead.

The Herald has a piece on the six organisations which will benefit from hundreds of thousands of pounds raised by the Church of Scotland Guild: (paywall)

Kilmuir and Stenscholl, the most northerly of Skye's five parishes now has a new minister – the Rev John Murray.

There are articles in the Scotsman and The Herald on the Blue Book report by the Church's Legal Questions Committee which says: "The scheme enables bodies, such as the Church of Scotland, and individual celebrants to be authorised to conduct different sex marriages while at the same time refraining from seeking authorisation to conduct same sex marriages.

""This legal structure may be argued to be discriminatory contrary to Articles 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights." and (paywall)

The Herald offers its view on the issue:

Monday 27 April, 2015

Moderator Designate Rev Dr Angus Morrison talked to presenter Cathy MacDonald about beating cancer and his year ahead. Listen to the conversation on BBC Scotland's Sunday Morning with… (starts around 1:48:22)

Rev Sally Foster Fulton convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, is quoted in a BBC Scotland report on the effort to gain access to Dungavel detention centre and check on the welfare of detainees.: "We, along with the STUC, want to listen to those held at Dungavel, hear their stories and offer whatever support we can. The mark of a good society is how we treat the most vulnerable within our borders. Making sure that compassion comes first is our only goal."

The Herald also reports on the campaign to allow human rights groups –including the Church of Scotland to inspect conditions at Dungavel: Herald also carries an opinion piece by Rev Sally Foster Fulton on human rights and the Dungavel campaign.

With the Paris climate change summit just eight months away, Eco-Congregation Scotland has organised a baton relay to alert congregations around Scotland to this important event. Climate justice baton begins journey around Scotland.

Moderator Rt Rev John Chalmers is climbing a Munro to raise money for Christian Aid, and he's challenging the rest of us to get on board the campaign. Make your contribution or find out more on Church of Scotland websit: Munro challenge: reach a summit,raise money for Christian Aid

The Scotsman reports that Historic Scotland's plan to charge visitors entry to Glasgow Cathedral hasbeen put on hold after Kirk session members voiced concerns:

The Berwick Advertiser reports on efforts to renovate an ancient church: "Lennel Kirk stands somewhat forlornly in the middle of Lennel churchyard, its condition so poor that members of the public cannot go into it. However, a team of local volunteer historians hope to change all that and hope to repair the 12th century kirk at a cost of around £100,000.

The Daily Mail carries a story about the renovation of Barnholm Castle in Dumfries and Galloway. The 600-year-old castle is reputed to have given refuge to John Knox during the 1540s:.

Gordon Brown writes about Keir Hardie in the Church Times,explaining how his Christianity inspired his politics and helped form the Labour movement: