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Church of Scotland speaks out against gender based violence

On International Human Rights Day it's time to recognise gender based violence as a human rights issue.


Tribute to former Moderator of the General Assembly the Very Rev Dr William McDonald

Tribute to former Moderator of the General Assembly the Very Rev Dr William JG McDonald who has died at the age of 91.


Minister tells MSPs Christian faith must be applied and not left in a book or building

The Rev George Fiddes, minister of St Nicholas Parish Church in Prestwick, addressed MSPs at the Scottish Parliament yesterday.


Early 18th century ledger still signed by new elders

Newly ordained elders at Dunfermline Abbey Church sign a ledger that has been in use since 1702.

Moderator with Iain Cunningham

Moderator urges Scots to join him in helping feed Syrian refugee families

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland is asking Scots to join him in helping feed Syrian refugee families this Christmas season through the 'A Place at the Table' campaign.


Church welcomes £12 million boost to climate justice fund

The Church of Scotland has welcomed an announcement that an extra £12 million will be invested to help reduce the impact of climate change on the world's poorest communities.

Rev Dr Karen Campbell

Safeguarding Service enrolls record number in safety scheme

The Safeguarding Service has registered more than 28,000 people with the government's Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme

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New Laigh Kirk turns into Narnia for a day

Volunteers brought hot drinks to some of the 600 people who braved the wind and rain to queue outside the event for up to one and a half hours.


Church prays for peace following vote for war

The Moderator, Rt Rev Angus Morrison, and Rev Sally Foster-Fulton are urging people to pray for peace following the House of Commons decision to launch airstrikes in Syria.


Church warns against folly of air strikes on Syria

The Church of Scotland has warned that launching air strikes on Syria will make things worse for people in that country, not better.

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Eco Congregation Scotland delegation speaks to UN climate leaders at Paris summit

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave the Eco Congregation climate justice baton a send-off ahead of its journey to the Paris climate justice summit.

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A new Advent video every day until Christmas Eve

Throughout Advent, each day will see a new video message from a Church of Scotland minister reflecting on the meaning and spirituality of Christmas. You can view the video by clicking on the calendar window for that day.

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Online Advent calendar opens with “Arise shine your light has come”

The first window in the online Advent calendar reveals a special message from Rt Rev Angus Morrison.


New group hopes to turn Highland capital church into tourist draw

A new organisation has been set up to try and turn an historic church in the Highlands with links with the Irish missionary who brought Christianity to Scotland into a major tourist attraction.

Louise Purden and John McPake

Increase in trainee ministers heralds new careers website

The Church of Scotland is welcoming its largest number of trainee ministers in five years as it launches a new careers website, Hundreds of parish ministers will reach retirement age in the next decade.

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The Big Sing fills Dumfermline Abbey with praise

The Guild's annual event brings together 750 people and fills Dunfermline Abbey.

CrossReach chief executive Peter Bailey with Ann Reid (holding award) and her team at Balmedie House.

CrossReach care home scoops top award

A residential care home for people living with dementia in Aberdeenshire run by the Church of Scotland's social care arm CrossReach has scooped a top accolade.

Carol Finlay

In Malawi climate change is already hurting food supply

If you live in Malawi, climate change is not a theory; it's the new reality, says Carol Finlay of the World Mission Council.

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Church employee embarks on sponsored fast for World AIDS Day

Church of Scotland HIV Programme co-ordinator Marjorie Clark will embark on a 24-hour sponsored fast to mark World AIDS Day

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More than 3000 people register for Online Advent Calendar

Register now to get your daily inspirational video featuring Church of Scotland ministers across the country starting December 1.