Church in the news

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

Wednesday 25 February, 2015

The obituary of Murdoch MacKenzie (23 February 1938 to 3 February 2015) is printed in today's Scotsman. Although ordained in the United Reformed Church, Mr MacKenzie went to Madras (now Chennai) in 1966 as a Church of Scotland missionary and preached at St Andrew's Church in Madras. The years after India were followed by time in Church of Scotland parishes in Glenrothes.

Tuesday 24 February, 2015

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland will address the Scottish parliament this afternoon when he gives 'Time for Reflection' in Holyrood's main chamber.

Strichen and Tyrie Church of Scotland Guild recently celebrated its 80th anniversary.

Monday 23 February, 2015

The Church of Scotland's wish to stop the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system is carried in an interview between the Church and Society Council's Rev Dr Graham Blount and the Russian News website

The Times newspaper reports the Moderator is urging members to show tolerance of each other in the debate on ministers in same sex civil partnerships. RT Rev John Chalmers is quoted saying members of congregations should learn to "speak well of each other" and "if we do not have something good to say about one another we should probably say nothing at all". (paywall)

The Daily Record carries a nice picture Perth choirmaster John Scrimger MBE, and reports the 85 year old plans to bow out on a high note from his role at the weekend.

Looking back, the Scottish Catholic Observer covered the Moderator's meeting with the Pope, saying Pope Francis has praised Scotland as an 'outstanding' example of religious 'understanding and co-operation' in stark contrast with the beheading of 21 Christians by Islamic terrorists in Libya.

Also last Friday the Press and Journal reported on Friday that the fire at the disused Church in the Aberdeenshire village of Hatton has 'burnt out the heart of the community' (paywall)

Friday 20 February, 2015

The Buchan Observer has a story about the fire which rippedthrough the former West Main Church in Hatton. The story includes dramaticfootage of the blaze. No one was injured in the fire.