Church in the news

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

Thursday 19 March, 2015

Fears over a hunger strike at a Scots immigration centre have sparked calls for an urgent visit with detainees. The Church of Scotland is one of the organisations calling for access. Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council, said: " As a nation we must be deeply concerned at the news that a number of asylum seekers being imprisoned at Dungavel have become so desperate that they are refusing to eat in an effort to bring attention to their plight. Their concerns must be listened to and addressed. We hope and expect the Home Secretary to respond to our request and allow representatives of the Church, STUC and others to visit ,and to share what they have witnessed." STV 

The new minister at Milestones Community Church in Orkney says he is "looking forward to the many joys and challenges that lie ahead".

Last July, the World Mission Council's Twinning Development Officer Rebecca McGonigle married her longtime boyfriend Manus. Within 3 months she was kissing him goodbye and boarding a plane to the Middle East to work as a human rights monitor with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Read a feature on the experience here:

Wednesday 18 March, 2015

In today's Church in the News

Ukip MEP David Coburn was criticised by panellists at the Church of Scotland's St. Columba's debate in London, after he compared a Muslim Scottish National Party minister to a convicted terrorist, the Huffington Post reports. STV reported on the debate in advance, highlighting Coburn's remarks as well as panellist Margaret CurranMP's call on UKIP to expel Coburn. Both the BBC and STV covered the St Columba's debate in their evening programmes. The Guardian also reported on the debate in advance focussing on calls for the European parliament to take action against Coburn.;

Tuesday 17 March, 2015

In today's Church in the News:

Inverclyde Council Provost Robert Moran welcomed the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland at a civic reception in the Municipal Buildings in Greenock. Provost Moran said: "It is an important occasion for Inverclyde to welcome The Moderator and I know already that his visit to Inverclyde has been an interesting one."

The Scotsman has published an obituary for Church of Scotland Minister the Rev. Catherine Hepburn written by Very Rev Andrew R C McLellan. Rev Hepburn, the daughter of missionaries spent her early years in Malawi and grew up to become a minister to Gargunnock, Gargunnock with Kincardine-in-Menteith and West Mearns. "She made her mark across the Church of Scotland," writes Very Rev McClellan.

The Church of Scotland, Faith in Community Scotland, and the Centre for Human Ecology hosted a conference in Govan on food poverty, writes Sally Foster Fulton in The Scotsman. "Who would have believed that in 21st century Scotland, one of the richest countries in the world, a nation with an abundance of natural resources and generous people, that hunger would stalk our most vulnerable citizens?"

In a letter to The Scotsman, Tom Reilly points out that John Knox is buried in Parliament Square, Edinburgh. "Perhaps the Church of Scotland could suggest a more appropriate burial site for Knox, the great Scottish church reformer," Reilly says.

The Moderator of the General Assembly, Reverend John Chalmers, spent last week in Inverclyde visiting various flagship projects in the area, reports the Greenock Telegraph. Ferguson's Shipyard was among the many destinations on his tour, as well as meeting local congregations and volunteers in the community.

In 1964, Scots student Iain Whyte spent a summer in the US and met Dr Martin Luther King and others in the struggle for civil rights. Iain, of North Queensferry, Fife, later became a Church of Scotland minister and the 74-year-old has spent his life campaigning against slavery. The Daily Record reports on Rev Iain Whyte and the 50th anniversary of the march.

Monday 16 March, 2015

Police Scotland is among forces uploading images to a controversial "mugshot database" criticised by privacy watchdogs. The details emerged as the Church of Scotland warned about the collection of biometric data belonging to those who have "done nothing more than travel internationally".

The Church of Scotland's call for new approaches to eliminate nuclear weapons around the world continues to be picked up in the Christian media. Ekklesia Christian Today:

The presenter and broadcaster Cathy Macdonald is to join Rev Dr Angus Morrison in hosting the Church event to promote the Gaelic language in Glasgow on March 21st.

Tomorrow St Columba's Church of Scotland in Pont St, London is hosting "The Future of the UK - May 2015 and Beyond," a debate on the issues influencing voters in the run up to the May General Election.