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Imagining Scotland’s Future - Reflection on Events

I was initially intrigued by the idea of discussing Scotland’s future without discussing the referendum in 2014. But that has been the real strength of this series of events. We have not become bogged down in a YES/NO debate. Rather they have enabled those attending to take a step back and be more open and creative in their thinking.

Memorial service for Mikaeel

Hundreds of people flocked to a vigil and memorial service organised by the Church for three-year-old Mikaeel Kular at the weekend.


Getting CoSY with ethical living

A guide helping people to live ethically has been put together by the church's younger members, Church of Scotland Youth (CoSY).

Church meets with government minister to urge tackling of digital inequality

The Church of Scotland today met with Scottish Government minister Fiona Hyslop at Holyrood to urge her administration to continue tackling digital inequality.

Church responds to Petitions Committee decision on religious representation on local authority education committees

The Church of Scotland today responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee decision to take forward a petition by the Edinburgh Secular Society which calls for the removal of religious representatives on local authority education committees.

Church of Scotland welcomes Scottish Government Environment Minister's support for land reform

Rev Sally Foster Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, today welcomed the comments by Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse on land reform.

BBC Alba looks at the role of the minister's wife

Traditional preconceptions of ministers’ wives are set to be shattered when a new six-part series on BBC ALBA begins on Friday.

Rev Scott Brown recognised in the New Year Honours lists

The Rev Scott Brown the Chaplain of the Fleet for the Royal Navy and Church of Scotland members are among those recognised in the New Year Honours lists.

New Year Message from the Moderator

At New Year I am always conscious of the gap between what I wish for and the reality of what is and what may be possible.

Remembering Lockerbie 25-years on

Twenty-five years ago on December 21, 1988, all 259 people on-board Pan Am Flight 103 were killed when the Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie. Eleven people on the ground were also killed, bringing the total number of fatalities to 270 people.

Where is the justice in food-bank Scotland?

The head of one of the most influential councils in the Church of Scotland said that what she wants for Christmas is justice for people reliant on food-banks.

Church of Scotland Minister Creates Irn-Bru advent calendar

It looks like a neon sign in New York’s Times Square.

But it’s actually a Glasgow church’s advent calendar - with words written in Irn-Bru.

Moderator’s Christmas Message

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood has issued her 2013 Christmas message.

Church of Scotland urges UK Government to meet carbon emission targets

The Church of Scotland has joined more than 100 businesses faith groups, investors and non-governmental organisations today, Wednesday December 11, calling on the Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change and stick to its current emission reduction objectives under the Fourth Carbon Budget.

Moderator offers support to baby ashes investigation

The Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, met Dame Elish Angiolini QC, in Edinburgh today.  Dame Elish is leading an inquiry into the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Former Moderator Amid Violence in South Africa

The Very Rev Alan McDonald former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has given a vivid description of how he was an official peace monitor during the first South African elections.

Minister releases new worship resource book

Minister releases new worship resource book

Life and Work – January 2014 issue

As we prepare for Christmas, for many the season of excess, the January edition of Life and Work asks us to spare a thought for those less fortunate with a powerful and poignant feature on the role of food banks.

Religious duo to star in “A Bridge too Far?”

A Church of Scotland minister and a Roman Catholic priest have officially debuted their third ‘Shoes Brothers’ short film.

Death of Nelson Mandela

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who died today.