Church in the news

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

Wednesday 28 January, 2015

Rev Sally Foster Fulton's submission against the Assisted Suicide (Scotland)Bill to the Scottish Parliament's health committee yesterday is covered in The Herald (pay wall). A fuller account of the convener's comments, and links to her essay in the Daily Mail and the BBC coverage of the full hearing can be found here.

Elsewhere, the Falkirk Herald reports on the merger of two congregations in Larbert. The paper says they'll have to decide on a new name and choose which church to worship in by September.

Tuesday 27 January, 2015

The Stornoway Gazette broke the news yesterday that the newminister to Stornoway High Church will take up his new charge at an inductionservice next week. The Moderator and the Moderator Designate will be present towelcome Rev Dr Wayne Pearce into the Church, just months after the congregationsuffered a painful split.

Today, Rev Sally Foster Fulton has a full page essay in theDaily Mail outlining why the Church is opposed to the proposed assisted suicidebill. She is giving evidence to the Scottish parliament's Health Committeetoday, as outlined on the STV news website can read a full commentary on the proceedings at the BBC News DemocracyLive site here

Elsewhere, the Archbishop of Glasgow, Archbishop PhilipTartaglia has returned home after suffering a heart attack at a conference inSpain. He has thanked well wishers including the Moderator of the General Assembly,for remembering him their prayers.

The Press & Journal also covers the Stornoway HighChurch news, as well as the departure of Rev Andrew McMillan from his congregationat Dalneigh and Bona. In a statement from the Church, the Acting PrincipalClerk Rev Dr George Whyte says he is saddened by Mr McMillan's decision toleave the Church. You can read his statement on our website and facebook page The P&Joperates a paywall service

Monday 26 January, 2015

Scotland's most senior Catholic cleric who was taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack in Spain is expected to return to Scotland in the next few days.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, 64, became ill in the Spanish city of Salamanca, where Scottish Bishops have gathered for their annual winter meeting in Royal Scots College. The Herald: The Moderator of the General Assembly said: "I am glad to hear that Philip is making good progress and I hope he will be well enough to return home to Glasgow soon. I can assure him and the whole of the Catholic community in Scotland that he and they will be remembered in our prayers."

Read 94 year old Jamie Stuart's inspirational story in this week's Sunday Post article. Church elder, champion athlete, airman, and actor are just a few of the achievements to mark the Glaswegian's fascinating life. Jamie's autobiography 'Still Running' featured on the Church website in October It's published by St Andrew Press.

Today the Moderator of the General Assembly will be back in Edinburgh after a 10 day tour of Nigeria and South Sudan. He will step off the plane and address the audience at the Christian Aid's AGM  on 'Tackling Violence, Building Peace.' This link includes a video of the Moderator in conversation with Right Reverend Peter Gai Lual Marrow from the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan after last year's General Assembly.

Celebrations are taking place across two continents to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Scots missionary Mary Mitchell Slessor.

Convener of the Church of Scotland Guild, Kay Keith, was part of a group who travelled to Nigeria, where Mary made such an incredible impact through her work, to take part in the celebrations.

Mrs Keith reflects on her incredible visit:

Friday 23 January, 2015

Church of Scotland presence in a Perthshire village is set to be strengthened after approval for a major new church facility was given.

Church Times has a piece on the troubling trend of people with mental illness being hit hard by benefits cuts. The Church of Scotland has voiced concern about this shocking discovery.

Yesterday eagled-eyed readers of Church in the News picked up that we attached the wrong link to the story about one of Edinburgh's most prominent former churches being profiled in The Stage. Here's the correct link: