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Maria Silo's visit to Scotland

The Church of Scotland HIV Programme is very excited at the prospect of a visit to Scotland by Maria Silo, the lady whose smiling face beams out from our poster.

Livingstone book shortlisted for Scottish book of the year

A book about the wife of the legendary Scottish missionary, explorer and hero Doctor David Livingstone, is one of seven books shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year by the Saltire Society.

Former Moderator applauds expose of conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers

A former Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland has publically thanked the BBC’s Panorama programme for exposing the inhumane working conditions endured by garment workers in Bangladesh.

Leading figures met with Scottish External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf MSP

Leading figures in the Church of Scotland met with Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development to discuss key issues affecting vulnerable communities around the globe. 

Moderator joins The Boys Brigade on their 130th year celebration

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has today congratulated The Boys Brigade on their 130th anniversary.

Church launches partnership with Fresh Expressions

A partnership between the Church of Scotland and Fresh Expressions, which encourages and supports the development of fresh expressions of church, is officially launched.

The Moderator's visit to Romania

By the Right Rev Lorna Hood Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Church responds to census figures

The Church of Scotland has issued a response to statistics about religion from the 2011 Census which show more than half of the people of Scotland positively identify with the Christian faith.

A Place at the Table praised in Scottish Parliament

The support shown for the victims of the conflict in Syria by the Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland has been praised at the Scottish Parliament.

Priority Areas receives prestigious award

The Priority Areas Committee of the Church of has won the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Award 2013 for their role in transnational inspiration and learning in the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

Church backs Kinship Carers National Day of Action

The Church has given its support to the National Day of Action for Kinship Care, which will seek to encourage further political support for vulnerable children are living with non-parental family and friends.

Leading Scottish Minister retires

The Very Reverend Gilleasbuig MacMillan, Minister of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, will step down on 30 September after four decades in the pulpit.

Fracking, solar, wind or nuclear...which way now for the great Scottish energy debate?

Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2013 George Monbiot argued that we need nuclear power to help us respond to climate change.

Religious Observance in schools: why opt-out is the inclusive model

There has been much talk recently of the role of Religious Observance in Schools and the contribution that the Church makes to this. Perhaps the saddest thing has been the entirely false portrayal of the Church as using its position to proselytising rather the true position of being in service to others.

Events in Kenya and Pakistan

Following the attack on Westgate Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and the subsequent siege, the Church of Scotland World Mission Council has sent a message of support to our partner church, The Presbyterian Church of East Africa and to our partner organisation, PROCMURA (Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa.

Churches invited to support World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The Church of Scotland is urging congregations and individuals to pray for peace in the Middle East in the coming week.

Life and Work magazine

October Life and Work out now

Features on the Scottish independence debate, ethics in finance and World Sight Day are just some of the topics that can be found in the October edition of Life and Work magazine.

Marriage: business as usual for the Church

The Church has said there are no plans for it to stop conducting marriages. Its 2013 General Assembly instructed a number of Church committees to work together to explore whether the Church should continue to celebrate marriages in the way that it does now. This work has just begun and will be presented to the 2015 Assembly.

Pray for Syria

Dr Mary Mikhael from our partner church, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) spoke of the plight of the Syrian people and urged the world to help Syria have peace.

Spioradalachd nam Bard 2013 lecture series begins

Dr Roderick G MacLean will be delivering the inaugural lecture in the Spioradalachd nam Bard 2013 Series.