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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.

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.