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Church launches #SignUpSunday for global education petition

All 1400 of the Church's congregations are being asked to back a petition to the United Nations calling on governments across the world to honour their promise to provide quality education for every child. A specially created promotional video has been released featuring the Moderator of the General Assembly and the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who was appointed United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education in 2012.

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New resource for churches bringing children to faith

Churches keen to improve their services for children can now use the latest 'Learn' resource to develop successful youth programmes.

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Update on Church response to refugee crisis

In recognition of the extraordinary situation facing refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria, a special meeting of the Councils and departments of the Church has taken place.

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Moderator enormously impressed by Dundee community projects

The moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has officially launched a new community café in Dundee - a project that seeks to transform the local community.

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Moderator's fears for future of Israel's Christian Schools

The Church of Scotland is asking the Prime Minister to raise the crisis facing Christian schools in Israel with the Israeli government. The Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, has written to David Cameron highlighting the 'mortal threat' caused by new financial restrictions which the Church regards as discrimination against Christian schools. Such is the concern in Israel, 47 schools are currently on indefinite strike until the situation is resolved.

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Church pays tribute to our longest reigning monarch

The Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly, has led tributes from the Church to Her Majesty the Queen on becoming the longest-serving monarch in our history. Dr Morrison spent last weekend with Her Majesty at Balmoral Castle and preached in her presence at Crathie Kirk.

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'Speak Out' launch seeks your voice for change

The launch of the Speak Out campaign has heard an asylum seeker urge Scots to overcome their personal fears and anxiety about refugees and welcome them into their communities with open arms. Deacon Blue singer Ricky Ross is backing the initiative from the Church and Society Council, which hopes to engage 10,000 Scots in the coming months and hear their ideas for change.

Church joins other faith leaders in urging action on refugee crisis

In its latest response to the refugee crisis, the Church of Scotland is participating in a joint statement issued in conjunction with the Catholic Church in Scotland, the Muslim Council of Scotland, and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

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Trailblazing Church of Scotland Guild members gather in Dundee

Around 2,000 people fromacross Scotland are gathering in Dundee tomorrow for the annual meeting of the"trailblazing" Church of Scotland Guild.

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Faith leaders speak out after emergency refugee summit

The Church of Scotland is working with the Scottish government and third sector groups to take immediate compassionate action on the refugee crisis as thousands of families fleeing confict in Syria continue to arrive in Europe.

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond "prefers people of faith"

Former First Minister AlexSalmond has revealed that he prefers people of faith over those who have lostit or have none.

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Moderator launches blog on EU referendum

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has launched a new online blog to inform the debate around the UK's continuing membership of the European Union.

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Church launches resources for this month's Creation Time

Ahead of the UN summit on climate change people of faith focus on protecting, preserving and healing creation.

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Vocational Volunteers pilot scheme starting in Glasgow and Arbroath

Young people will work with ministers and congregations to learn about the work of the Church...and about themselves.

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Scottish Parliament recognises Erskine minister for community work

The Rev Jonathan Fleming of Erskine Parish Church was described as a "great asset to the town" by 14 Labour and SNP MSPs after he was named Citizen of the Year 2015.

Survey indicates 1.5 million Scots identify with Church

The latest Scottish Annual Household Survey has suggested 27.8% of Scots feel they belong to the Church of Scotland, a drop of 0.6% on the previous year. The figures, drawn from a sample of 9,800 people, also indicate 47% of Scots now consider themselves as having no religion at all. Is it all bad news? No. While the number identifying with the Church has dropped significantly over the last 6 years, the rate of decline appears to be slowing. If the data is correct, it indicates almost 1,500,000 people state an affinity to our Church.

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CrossReach director speaks out on rise in drugs-related deaths

Calum Murray said the record number of drugs-related deaths amid funding cuts amounts to a "tragic and deeply saddening" situation."

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Church backs action against human trafficking

Thousands of people in Edinburgh have signed a petition calling for an end to the practice of human trafficking, which is commonly regarded as modern-day slavery.

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Fringe events feature Church leaders

Church and Society Convener Rev Sally Foster-Fulton will speak in a 'Butterfly Rammy' debate on Scottish national unity after the Referendum.

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Going for Growth to Visit Oban in September

Two events in Oban this September will deliver support and encouragement to anyone interested in growing congregations and developing new ways to express faith.