Church saddened by minister’s departure
Published on 26 January, 2015
The Acting Principal Clerk, Rev Dr George Whyte, has issued the following response to the departure of Rev Andrew McMillan from the Church of Scotland.
"The Church of Scotland is saddened by Rev Andrew McMillan's decision to leave his charge in Inverness. Arrangements are already in place to support the congregation at Dalneigh and Bona.
"The Church of Scotland has engaged in a careful theological debate on the subject of ministers in civil partnerships and the overture on this issue will be debated at the General Assembly in May. It would be wrong to pre-judge the outcome of that debate.
"At present, from the 800 ministers within the Church, 18 have chosen to leave over this issue. In many cases these congregations have enjoyed a renewal in commitment and energy. In two weeks, the congregation at Stornoway High Church will welcome their new minister. This has been made possible by the new unity of purpose the members have experienced since they themselves went through a painful split.
"The Church of Scotland is a national Church, and is engaged in wide ranging debate on matters both practical and spiritual relevant to the life of our nation. It is implausible and indeed untrue that the Church proposes to remove Christian worship from state schools. The Church will not shrink from its responsibilities to carry out God's work in a way which brings his spirit and message into the lives of its members and wider society."