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Moderator represents Church of Scotland in Caribbean

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, has just returned from a visit to the Caribbean and to partner churches in Trinidad, Cuba and Jamaica.

Songs of Praise shines spotlight on Commonwealth Games hospitality

The minister of Strathblane Parish Church recently welcomed the famous Songs of Praise TV programme into his home as the BBC shone a spotlight on his preparations for hosting volunteers at the Commonwealth Games.

Church hosts Amity meeting in Edinburgh

The Church of Scotland recently hosted a two-day meeting of the European Network of Amity Partners (ENAP).


General Assembly to debate independence referendum

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to debate the question of Scottish independence.

Local church blessed with new facilities

A church in Bearsden, Glasgow has opened the doors of its latest expansion project.

The Very Rev David Arnott agrees to become co-ordinator of Principal Clerk's office

The Very Rev David Arnott has kindly agreed to become co-ordinator of the Principal Clerk's office while the Rev John Chalmers holds office as Moderator of the General Assembly.

WEvolution launderette group

Groundbreaking new Church of Scotland charity launches enterprise initiative for women

Scottish women are to become entrepreneurs thanks to WEvolution, a groundbreaking new charity supported by the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Government, using a successful business model from India dubbed "brilliant but simple".

Moderator Designate heartened by resurging spirit at South Lanarkshire church

The Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland believes the congregation at a church in South Lanarkshire which endured an unsettling split earlier this year will go from "strength to strength".

Church concerned at evidence of rising funeral costs

The Church of Scotland has released figures which highlight the rising costs of funerals across the country.

In some areas charges have increased by almost 300% in the past five years.

Dundee church reborn following painful chapter

In September last year, Logie and St John’s (Cross) Church in Dundee endured the unsettling experience of seeing around half of the congregation, along with the locum minister, leave the Church of Scotland over the issue of same-sex marriage and ordination to the ministry.

Church of Scotland issues its first Easter Message video on You Tube

The Rt Rev Lorna Hood has become the first Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to issue an Easter Message on social media.

Life and Work - May Issue

May's edition of Life and Work is out now. Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 130 years, it has established itself as the pre-eminent voice of the Church of Scotland

Food bank figures provoke dismay in Church of Scotland

A Church of Scotland minister has expressed dismay at figures released this week by food bank charity The Trussell Trust which highlight the scale of the issue across the UK.

Church outlines stance on sport ahead of Commonwealth Games

Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the Church of Scotland today, in a report, calls for the Scottish and UK Governments to impose a ban on advertising gambling through sport.

Church co-hosts dinner as part of 4th Reformed-Roman Catholic International Dialogue

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland attended an event in Glasgow last night which highlighted to the international community the warm relationship enjoyed between the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland.

Creativity in young people celebrated by Church and Society Council

Creativity in young people from across the nation is being celebrated by the Church of Scotland as judges yesterday began the process of selecting this year’s winners of the Moderator’s Medal and Stevenson Prize.

Power to the People

Read Priority Areas Secretary Martin Johnstone column on community activism "Power to the People"

Moderator at Prime Minister's Easter reception in Number 10

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, met with Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday in Downing Street when she was a guest at his annual Easter reception for people with Christian faith.

Interfaith conference to discuss place of religion in written constitution

Scotland’s Churches and faith communities have united to call for the role of religion to be recognised in Scottish society, whatever the constitutional future holds.

Church of Scotland mourns death of Margo MacDonald MSP

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, has spoken of her sorrow at the passing of Margo MacDonald MSP.