Church in the news

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

Friday 13 February, 2015

Former Moderator of the General Assembly, Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, is in Bosnia leading a delegation visiting the site of the Srebrenica massacre. It's a visit organised by charity 'Remembering Srebrenica' which organises trips for influential figures in society so the lessons learned from this horror can continue.

Congregations of the Church of Scotland are being asked to think, pray and act to challenge poverty this Sunday, February 15. The call to members of the Church to focus on issues of poverty, inequality, justice and hope follows a report made to the 2014 General Assembly on the impact of welfare reforms on poorer people, and what measures local churches are taking to respond to social need.

Thursday 12 February, 2015

The Church of Scotland's collaboration with the Church of England, Scottish Episcopal Church, Church in Wales and the Methodists in forming a credit union continues to be highlighted in the media. ,

Allowing separated families in South and North Korea to be reunited is one step towards peace between the two nations, according to the Moderator of the General Assembly. national campaign, 'For the Love of ', which recognises that everyone loves something that is threatened by climate change, launches on St Valentine's Day this year.

Wednesday 11 February, 2015

A new credit union has been formed by the Church of Scotland, and other denominations, which aims to show banks and pay day lenders a fairer approach to finance. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev John Chalmers, will join the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby, and the President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Ken Howcroft at Church House, central London today, to celebrate their respective churches' collaboration in forming the flagship Churches Mutual Credit Union (CMCU).

Church and Society Convener, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, appeared on Good Morning Scotland today to outline the move: (36.14) Coverage is on the front page of The Herald (paywall) and an editorial comment (paywall) BBC Online: and Press and Journal (print only so far).

The new minister at Stornoway High says he aims to help put the church back at the heart of its community. On Friday night, the church was full as Rev Dr Wayne Pearce was inducted in by Rev Tommy Macneil, Moderator of Lewis Presbytery. The church had been without a minister since Rev Willie Black retired early in 2011.

Tuesday 10 February, 2015

The father of David Tennant and ex-Moderator of the General Assembly has spoken of his joy at seeing the former Doctor Who star honoured for a career in acting recently. The story on the Church of Scotland website was picked up by The Herald (paywall):

Rail bosses are being urged to improve access to Waverley Station by reopening one of the entrance ramps to pedestrians and cyclists, providing more help for the disabled and introducing taxi marshalls. Last May, a Church of Scotland minister, Rev Thomas Sinclair, died after he was hit by a reversing car which had reportedly tried to drive into the station only to find its way blocked by security barriers.