Church in the news

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

Monday 9 February, 2015

'Vatican visit is most welcome' – The Herald (paywall) has a comment piece praising the upcoming visit of the Moderator of the General Assembly to Rome to meet with Pope Francis. http://bit.ly/1Ca4O8k

The Moderator of the General Assembly is encouraging the Church to explore the meaning of Lent through a series of specially commissioned daily articles from February 18th. Here, Rt Rev John Chalmers explains his initiative, which he is undertaking in partnership with Christian Aid. http://bit.ly/1uuxTLP

You can read a detailed reflection by the Moderator of the General Assembly on his experience of selling The Big Issue last Thursday here: http://bit.ly/18UbQ7D

Friday 6 February, 2015

Representatives of the Church of Scotland have backed a letter to the First Minister urging her to follow Nordic nations and criminalise the purchase of sex to reduce demand which drives human trafficking. The Scotsman http://bit.ly/16o4zuM, The BBC Online http://bbc.in/1D4rdVZ, STV Online http://bit.ly/1zeLYbE run the story.

Church and Society Convener, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, was on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland this morning discussing the issue: http://bbc.in/1LTrTBP (2.10.52)

The Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, is to meet the Pope in a rare visit to the Vatican a week on Monday.

It will be 14 years since a moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and a pope last had a private meeting in Rome.

Confirming the visit, Mr Chalmers said that he believed that ministers and priests from both faiths have "found new levels of friendship". The Scotsman: http://bit.ly/1zVyHtY, The Herald http://bit.ly/16ydBFX.

Rt Rev John Chalmers sold copies of the The Big Issue on the streets of Edinburgh yesterday to help raise awareness of the issues around homelessness and boost sales of this important publication. You can watch a video of his experience here: http://bit.ly/1CxUZ6W

Thursday 5 February, 2015

A Conference to encourage the use of the Gaelic language in the Church of Scotland will take place in Glasgow on the 21 March. http://bit.ly/1zPggHd

The Stornoway Gazette publicised the event http://bit.ly/1LPacTV, as did The Herald (paywall), who also highlighted Moderator Designate of the 2015 General Assembly Rev Dr Angus Morrison's view that the Church should embrace imaginative new initiatives to promote the use of Gaelic. http://bit.ly/1udf3bK

You can listen to Rev John Urquhart talking about his Gaelic worship project on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme at 56 mins in http://bbc.in/1ziKSQN

Wednesday 4 February, 2015

Good morning, in today's Church in the News

Mitochondrial DNA are like battery cells which power our bodies, everything from the brain to the heart, is powered by them. Sometimes they become faulty and this can lead to serious medical problems and even death. The transfer of mitochondrial DNA would prevent hereditary illnesses and conditions. Mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to child. MPs went onto vote it last night but it still needs to be approved by the House of Lords. There are concerns about the procedure and claims it will create designer babies.

Dr Murdo MacDonald from the SRT Project was interviewed on yesterday's Good Morning Scotland's Morning Call about mitochondrial DNA. You can hear him talk on the subject from 02:16 to 02:20:49 http://bbc.in/1yFZea6

Dr MacDonald was also on Morning Call http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0512kp5

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