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Moderator appeals for return of missing items

The Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland the Right Reverend Albert Bogle has appealed for the return of items of jewellery which were in a bag that went missing from Edinburgh Airport.

April issue of Life and Work

The April edition of Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland, is on sale now.

Moderator attends Archbishop of Canterbury enthronement

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Albert Bogle, will attend the official enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury today.

Church responds to referendum date announcement

The Church of Scotland has welcomed today’s announcement of the date of the referendum on the future of Scotland as 18 September 2014.

Response to Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill Consultation

The Church of Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, and has re-iterated its views on same sex marriage.

Statement from Church Leaders on Livingstone Bicentenary

We remember with gratitude the life and witness of David Livingstone who campaigned vigorously against the slave trade during his life time.

Giving thanks for Livingstone’s life

Today, Rt Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will participate in a service of thanksgiving for the life of David Livingstone at Westminster Abbey, to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Chancellor’s Budget is an opportunity to end myths about poverty

Government must acknowledge the hardship faced by the 13 million people living in poverty.

Moderator welcomes new Pope

Welcoming the news of the election of the new Pope, the Rt Rev Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said: "We in the Church of Scotland extend to our friends in the Roman Catholic Church our best wishes on hearing the news of the election of Pope Francis I.

Church welcomes OFT’s final report on payday lenders

The Church of Scotland has today welcomed the findings of the Office of Fair Trading’s compliance review into payday lenders and the consequent proposal to refer the sector to the Competition Commission.

Lies about poverty: shattering the myths

13 million people – including 3.6 million children – live in poverty in the UK today. A major new report shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create myths that blame and stigmatise the most vulnerable in society.

Eco-Congregation Scotland: learning from Germany

A recent visit to Germany has provided food for thought for the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer, Adrian Shaw. Not least, the concept of a ‘winter’ church.

Church joins call for tough action on climate change

The UK Government’s new Energy Bill must prioritise low carbon power, say five of Britain’s major Churches, including the Church of Scotland.

HIV: A hard battle worth the fight

Rev Dr Robin Hill, Convener of the Church of Scotland HIV Programme and minister of Gladsmuir linked with Longniddry in East Lothian, reflects on a decade of work.

Moderators pay tribute to Pontiff

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Albert Bogle, and his two immediate predecessors paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI following news of the Pontiff’s resignation today.

A Chinese New Year: Love never ends

It is coming up to the end of the World Mission’s “Year of China” and it has been quite a year since we began our year at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland last May with its theme, “Love Never Ends.”

Speaking out against religious persecution

Religious persecution in countries across the world has been condemned by Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, at a meeting of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council held yesterday in Blantyre.

Scottish Parliament approves Budget

Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council has called on MSPs to reconsider the funding cuts to Scotland colleges, as today MSPs voted on John Swinney’s plans for the Scottish Government’s £28.4bn budget for 2013-14.

New approaches to economics: Moderator meets Archbishop of Canterbury

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland is looking forward to exploring new approaches to economics with the Church of England after a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday.

‘Enough Food For Everyone IF' Campaign Launched

Scotland’s biggest ever campaign on global hunger was launched last week by a coalition of leading Scottish international development charities and faith groups, with support from high profile Scots.