News and press releases

Church calls for action on EU Citizens right to stay

7 July, 2016

The Government is being urged to recognise parliament’s wish that European nationals should be granted the right to remain in the UK following the European Union Referendum result. Rev Dr Richard Frazer, says the UK Government must resist using EU citizens as a bargaining chip in future negotiations.

National War Memorial

Moderator addresses national service on 'deeply personal nature of war'

6 July, 2016

The Moderator has addressed the annual service at the Scottish National War Memorial on the 'deeply personal nature of war'. His address came as the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war reported its findings.

Internet

Bridging the Gap: Let's Get Online

5 July, 2016

The SRT Project's Policy Officer Dr Murdo Macdonald shares stories of churches and church-centered organisations which are closing the digital divide for some of Scotland's poorest communities.

Bible and Cross

Comments invited on updated Disciplinary Code

4 July, 2016

The Legal Questions Committee is inviting comments on a proposed new Discipline Act for the Church to be submitted by October 31st.

External View of the Scottish Parliament

Meet Your MSP Congratulated in Scottish Parliament

4 July, 2016

MSP congratulates Meet Your MSP project as a way to hold communities together in 'difficult times'.

Russell Barr

Referendum reflections "A time to build up, a time to tear down"

2 July, 2016

Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, reflects on the change and consequences of the EU referendum result, and how we can begin to make sense of it.

Locket

Somme Sweethearts: lives changed forever by war

1 July, 2016

A church member's story of the chance discovery of a gold locket in a box of wartime memorabilia, which revealed the terrible consequences the Battle of the Somme held for the women who watched their men go off to war.

St Giles

Prayers for the Nation and the World following EU Referendum vote

1 July, 2016

Prayers of intercession to be read by five voices have been contributed in the hope they may be of value to those reflecting on this time of change following the European Union referendum result.

Church official delivers new report on tackling food poverty

30 June, 2016

Sweeping measures to address the problem of food poverty in Scotland have been presented to the Scottish Government by an independent Working Group led by a Church of Scotland official. Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, who is secretary of the Church and Society Council, believes the new powers for Holyrood present a unique opportunity to address the increasing number of people who can’t afford to put food on their table.

Latest Take a Pew hears MSP talk about her faith

The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP talks about her faith and being a Church of Scotland member. The Moderator of the General Assembly has welcomed her frankness in speaking about the challenges she has faced in reconciling her faith with her sexuality.