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Moderator visits scene of genocide

In the midst of the bloody Bosnian war, the UN designated Srebrenica a protected safe haven. Thousands flocked there.

Somehow this "safe" UN base was to become the scene of the largest massacre on European soil since World War Two.

Church challenges Prime Minister’s claims about welfare reform

The Church of Scotland is among a group of churches throughout the UK who have criticised David Cameron for an article he wrote this week challenging the Archbishop of Westminster’s views on welfare reform.

Guild National Convener and Vice Convener appointments

Following the February meeting of the Church of Scotland Guild’s National Executive committee, it was announced that Kay Keith from Dumfries Presbyterial Council would be National Convener for the coming year.

Religion to play a part in annual science festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014 is just around the corner, and for yet another year the Church, faith and religion will be featured in the proceedings.

Moderator and Clerk of the National Youth Assembly 2014

The NYA has appointed Rachel Hutcheson as its next moderator and John Haston as its next clerk. They will take up their positions during the opening session of NYA 2014 in Aug and will serve for a year.

Who is my neighbour? - parish profiles provide answer

A pioneering new way for parishes to understand the makeup of the communities they serve has been created by the Church of Scotland.

Moderator visits Bosnia

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this week embarked on a four day visit of Bosnia to see first-hand the after effects of the Srebrenica genocide.

Moderator welcomes Girl Guides concession on pledging to God

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland welcomed the Girl Guide movement’s decision to allow a reference to God to remain when pledging allegiance to the organisation.

Life and Work - March Issue

The March issue of Life and Work.

Church welcomes assurances on tackling misuse of Blasphemy Law

The Church of Scotland welcomed assurances given by Baroness Warsi, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office , that she would continue to raise concerns with the government of Pakistan over the misuse of their Blasphemy Law.

Moderator reveals new Kirk treasures

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland unveiled the cross which will replace the original item which was stolen from Edinburgh Airport last year.

Exciting journey begins as Moderator opens Kirk hub in Aberdeen

Eight years of effort and collaboration came to fruition at the weekend as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland opened Cults Kirk Centre in Aberdeen.

Glasgow church set for eco-friendly regeneration

A church in north Glasgow is set to help its surrounding community flourish after receiving a grant to embark on an exciting environmental project.

Historic visit to meet with religious leaders in Greece

The Right Reverend Lorna Hood has become the first ever Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to be received by the heads of the Orthodox Church in Greece.

Congregation declines to follow minister to Free Church

A minister, who last year revealed plans to join the Free Church, has been unsuccessful in an attempt to persuade the majority of his congregation to join him.

Church expresses dismay at blasphemy law reform in Pakistan

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Reverend Lorna Hood has written to William Hague the Foreign Secretary and the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Wajid Shamsul Hassan about blasphemy law reform in Pakistan.

Church highlights measures taken to attract new ministers

The Church of Scotland today released a statement highlighting the measures being taken to attract new ministers.

Moderator visits Ineos plant amid period of reconciliation

Staff at Grangemouth petrochemical plant Ineos welcomed the visit on Tuesday of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland amid a period of reconciliation for workers at the refinery.


Kirk’s 25-year-old minister amongst the youngest to be ordained

At twenty-five-years-old Michael Mair is looking forward to leading his own congregation in Edinburgh when he becomes amongst the youngest ordained minister with the Church of Scotland tonight (January 23).

Eco-Congregation Scotland keeps on growing

The benefits of weaving environmental care into parish life were celebrated this week in Edinburgh as a church in the capital became the 300th member of the growing Eco-Congregation.