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Cathy Macdonald on location

Broadcaster to host Church event to promote Gaelic language and worship

The presenter and broadcaster Cathy Macdonald is to join Rev Dr Angus Morrison in hosting the Church event to promote the Gaelic language in Glasgow on March 21st.

Dr Lorna Hood

Al Jazeera Balkans interviews former moderator about Srebrenica visit

The Very Reverend Dr Lorna Hood spoke to Al Jazeera Balkans television about the Srebrenica massacre.

Andrew Nicoll

True confessions of a Sun journalist... and church elder

Andrew Nicoll explains that being a Sun journalist doesn't mean you can't be a Christian.

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Church choirs to make the right notes for HIV charity

Some of Edinburgh's major church choirs will be performing together in a rare collaboration at Greyfriars Kirk on Saturday to raise money for the charity Waverley Care.

David Plews, John Chalmers and Chris Flexen

Learn resource is a game changer for the Kirk

5 March 2015

The Church of Scotland has launched Learn Eldership a publication produced by the Kirk's Mission and Discipleship Council.

Growing a food justice movement in Scotland

Food justice and how to prevent people going hungry in Scotland will be discussed at a conference organised by the Church of Scotland and partner agencies on Saturday 28 February at the Pearce Institute, Govan Road, Glasgow.

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Alexander McCall Smith book signing for Cunningham House

Bestselling crime writer Alexander McCall Smith will be talking and signing his books at a special charity event at St Giles' Cathedral to help raise money for a homeless person's shelter in the Cowgate run by CrossReach, the Church of Scotland's social care provider.

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Moderator to address Scottish Parliament

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.

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Reintegrating released prisoners into the community

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend John Chalmers, and the Convener of the Church and Society Council, the Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, will be speaking about rehabilitating released prisoners back into their communities on Monday at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Lent reflections begin, in partnership with Christian Aid

The Moderator of the General Assembly is encouraging the Church to explore the meaning of Lent through a series of specially commissioned daily articles which start tomorrow on the first day of Lent, and continue throughout the 40 days. Here, Rt Rev John Chalmers explains his initiative, which he is undertaking in partnership with Christian Aid.

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Church called to challenge poverty

Congregations of the Church of Scotland are being asked to think, pray and act to challenge poverty this Sunday, February 15.

Moderator announces daily reflections for Lent

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.

Church launches event to promote Gaelic language

A Conference to encourage the use of the Gaelic language in the Church of Scotland will take place in Glasgow on the 21stof March.

Work Place Chaplaincy embraces Decade of Ministry

A new apprentice chaplaincy programme is being created in a joint initiative between the Church of Scotland and Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland (WPCS). It comes as a series of events are being held in Edinburgh, Arbroath and Inverness to promote the chaplaincy service,

MSPs urged to improve end of life care rather than right to die

We must do more to improve palliative care for those approaching the end of their life, and make it as good as it possibly can be before considering legalising a right to die. That was the message the Convener of the Church and Society Council delivered to the MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's Health committee as they heard submissions on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood this morning

Rev Dr Alister Bull and Rev Colin Sinclair

Eldership resource is a bestseller

The Learn Eldership resource written by the Mission andDiscipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has become the equivalent of abestseller book with more than 3 000 advance sales.

Stornoway community project celebrates success after royal opening

A bold new Church of Scotland community project in Lewis  is already operating near full capacity just six months after it opened its doors. The Shed at Martins Memorial Church in Stornoway received a royal visit from Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, during the General Assembly last May.

20 most popular stories of 2014

It's been another remarkable year for the Church of Scotland. Here's our top 20 most popular stories from 2014.

Moderator says religious education holds the key to defeating extremism

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is using his newYear Message to promote the importance of religious education in the Scottishschool curriculum.