Church in the news

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

Tuesday 24 March, 2015

The Church of Scotland has joined with an alliance of other Churches to welcome today's call for a full independent review of benefit sanctions.

A landmark event for the future of Gaelic in the Church of Scotland was held in Glasgow at the weekend. The first ever conference exploring how the Church of Scotland can nurture the Gaelic language was described by those attending as a "miracle" and a "milestone" within the Gaelic speaking world. You can watch a video from the day here: BBC Alba had a feature on its news show last night: (4.00)

Monday 23 March, 2015

In today's Church in the News:

The Moderator of the General Assembly says society must debate how to create a new system of more affordable credit to help those unable to access mainstream loans. Rt Rev John Chalmers is backing a new report from the Carnegie UK Trust, which has highlighted the need for urgent action on this issue.

The Herald reported on the Church's Gaelic language conference saying: "The conference was organised after the Church's future Moderator, Rev Dr Angus Morrison, identified an "urgent need" for the Kirk to do more to promote the language. Those attending the event at St George's Tron Church in Buchanan Street are hearing speakers on topics such as developments in Gaelic broadcasting, worship and resources." See photos from the conference on our Facebook page:

The Moderator of the General Assembly promoted the importance of religious tolerance during a visit to Glasgow Central Mosque. Rt Rev John Chalmers was a guest as part of Islam Awareness Week (IAW) where he met with Imam Habib ur Rahman, members of the Mosque management and members of IAW coordination committee.

One evening the wind began to blow and raindrops hit our house like pebbles. We peered outside at the purple sky and watched as trees thrashed in the wind…Today's daily Lent reflection comes from Rev Victoria Linford.

Friday 20 March, 2015

In today's Church in the News:

The first ever Gaelic conference to be held by the Church, which over 50 people are attending in Glasgow tomorrow, has received further coverage in the Gaelic media. The popular morning chat show on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal spent an hour discussing the Church's Gaelic initiatives yesterday morning with 4 church representatives. You can listen again at this link . The conference will also feature in the Gaelic supplement in The Scotsman tomorrow, and BBC Alba is covering the event for news and also a forthcoming documentary.' (Newspapers are available to read in the Communications Department on the 3rd floor)

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is joining a range of anti-racist groups, civil society organisations and concerned citizens to march on Saturday 21st March in Glasgow against racism. The Church is recognised as one of the organizations supporting the march.

The Courier reports that a pencil sketch of a mystery woman has been uncovered during renovation work at Glebe House, a former Perthshire manse. It is believed the sketch has been hidden from view since the manse was built 150 years ago, as accommodation for the minister of St Serf's Church in Dunning.

Ina letter to The Scotsman Rev John Cameron writes, "As a minister of the Kirk I am permitted liberty of opinion on such points of doctrine as do not enter into the substance of the Faith. I therefore rejoice in the future prospects of genetic engineering and ignore the (usually flawed) opinions of the Vatican or committee persons in 121 George Street."

Three British churches have come together to issue a joint statement and a prayer for Pakistan following terrorist bombings of two churches in Lahore on 15 March. The Church of Scotland, the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church have condemned the atrocity, reports the think tank Ekklesia on its website.

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: