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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.

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.