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World music hero backs Refugee Week

World music hero Rise Kagona of the Bhundu Boys is celebrating Refugee Week at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and says we are all refugees.

Brilliance in brokenness

Can you see the brilliance in brokenness? Too often we only hear stories of brokenness and forget to listen for the stories of hope, sacrifice, faith and love.

Church adds voice to G8 hunger plea

This week G8 leaders are meeting in Northern Ireland. The Church of Scotland is part of the IF Campaign and we ask you to pray that the decisions are made to make this year the beginning of the end of hunger. 

Church welcomes Glasgow credit unions initiative

The Church of Scotland has warmly welcomed a Glasgow City Council initiative to promote credit unions and to make sure people avoid using legal but hugely expensive pay day loan companies.

Church attacks lies spread about poverty

The Church has defended people caught in the poverty trap and who rely on benefits to live against the lies that are told about them.

Church statement on different views

At its General Assembly in May, the Church of Scotland voted to uphold its historic doctrine on same sex relationships but to also consider a policy of permitting individual congregations to choose ministers in same sex relationships. Following the decision a number of individuals have indicated they might wish to leave the Church of Scotland.

Eating and drinking unworthily

The Church supports the IF Campaign, Right Reverend Lorna Hood wrote this piece to help us remember the children while we eat and drink unworthily.

Moderator visits Iona marking St. Columba's Day

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said she was ‘deeply humbled and moved’ as she attended a celebratory service at the cradle of Christianity in Scotland.

Go For It gives out another half a million pounds Scotland-wide

The Church of Scotland’s innovative and exciting ‘Go For It’ fund has just given out another half a million pounds in grants.

Moderator makes her mark on history

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Lorna Hood had a role in history when she attended the special commemorative service at London’s Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Debt after death? Church calls for investigation into the rising cost of dying

The Church of Scotland has agreed to investigate the increasing costs of holding funerals.


Church issues urgent call for action to tackle climate change

The Church of Scotland issued an urgent call to tackle climate change.

A new approach to human rights

The Church and Society Council called for a refreshed approach to human rights in a report from presented to the General Assembly.

Church debated revised Inheritance of Abraham report

Presenting the report was Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council.


Church urges no evictions because of so-called bedroom tax

The Church of Scotland has urged that people should not be evicted from their homes because of the new changes to benefit regulations, the so-called ‘bedroom tax’.

People should not go hungry as Church tackles corporate greed

The Church has launched another stinging attack on corporate greed and tax dodging multi-national companies which exploit the poor and perpetrate myths about poverty.

Elder applauded for impassioned speech against deadly tobacco

An Elder was applauded for impassioned speech against 'deadly' tobacco.

Church to run independence debates across Scotland

Church leaders are planning open forums in church and community halls so that Scots can take part in a root and branch review of the kind of Scotland they want.

Iona Community tackles perceived stigma of poverty

The Iona Community has continued its vital work in tackling poverty as it enters its 75th anniversary and the 1450th anniversary of Columba’s landing on the island.

Moderator’s prayers for Woolwich victim

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has led the gathering in prayers for the victim of the alleged Woolwich terrorist attack.