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A shining beacon of education for 150-years in the Holy Land

A Church of Scotland school in the mixed Jewish and Arab city of Jaffa has been a beacon of educational opportunity for the last 150-years.

Church of Scotland speaks out on Land Reform

Wednesday, 23 January marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. The Church of Scotland has recently submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Review Consultation, suggesting that land reform could help the renewable energy resources of Scotland be shared more equitably.

February issue of Life and Work

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

Milestone anniversary for residential dementia home

Scotland’s first specialised dementia home celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday. Williamwood House in Glasgow run by CrossReach, the social care provider of the Church of Scotland, was the first residential home of its kind to give residential care for older people with dementia.

Scottish Government Minister honours Eco-Congregation

Carlops Church has won a third award for its environmental work. Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, presented a prestigious Eco-Congregation award to Carlops Church on Thursday 17 January.

Christmas: A season of contradictions

The Right Reverend Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland’s Christmas 2012 message.

Fossil fuels won’t help achieve renewable targets

Today’s decision to allow fracking in Lancashire has been criticised by Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council. The Church of Scotland is concerned that any expansion of the use of natural gas will prolong the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels and will make it all the more difficult to meet the carbon targets set out in the UK Climate Change Act.

Church of Scotland re-iterates views on same sex marriage

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

Palestinian diplomat tells Church of Scotland “I’m an Ambassador for Peace”

The Church of Scotland in Lisbon held a special Advent service on 9th December, during which the congregation was encouraged to think more deeply about the land of Christ’s birth and the reality today for the minority Christian community. Palestine’s Ambassador to Portugal, Mufeed Shami, spoke at the service and the international congregation included diplomats and politicians.

Statement on St George's Tron

Much of the press coverage of the situation at St George's Tron continues to give a very one sided view which misrepresents the situation. It is about time the Church of Scotland again set the record straight.

Go For It is Open for Business

Only recently established, the Church of Scotland Go For It Fund has already awarded grants totalling over £0.3 million to local projects. It held its first Main Grant Committee Meeting in November and agreed to fund 12 organisations meeting the widest range of needs. Go For It is now firmly up and running and it is holding its first conference, “Open For Business”, today.

Church calls on Chancellor to tackle poverty

Amidst reports that cutting the deficit is taking longer than planned, Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council has called on the Chancellor to prioritise the economically vulnerable when he makes his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Historic celebratory service brings churches together

The Church of Scotland and Charismatic Episcopal Church in Lisbon have strengthened the bonds between them in an historic celebrating of the Lima Liturgy together.

The Moderator’s St. Andrew’s Day Message

St. Andrew and St. Andrew’s Day has a special place in my heart. After all the church where I am minister in Bo’ness is named after him.

Church calls Lords to vote for capping the cost of credit

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council has called on the Lords to vote in favour of capping the costs of consumer credit.

Money matters at Christmas

What Price Christmas? is a series of workshops designed for women which aims to help build strategies to avoid debt and money worries in the festive season.

MSPs asked to wear a badge to show solidarity with people affected by HIV

This week sees two significant dates falling side-by-side. On Friday, we will celebrate St. Andrew's Day here in Scotland and overseas. On Saturday, we will pause to reflect on World AIDS Day.

A Gaza Doctor's Story

Dr. Suhaila Tarazi, Director of the Al Ahli Anglican Church hospital in Gaza City, and a friend of many in the Church of Scotland, narrowly escaped death when an Israeli missile hit her home last night. Shocked, but not injured, Dr. Tarazi is back in the Al Ahli hospital ensuring there is care available for all who need it in the midst of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

December issue of Life and Work

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

A new leader for China but Love never ends for the Chinese Church

China has undergone its once in a decade leadership change with Xi Jinping having been confirmed as the man who will now lead the country for the next 10-years. It is widely speculated he will take up the presidency in 2013.