News and press releases

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New roadshows to discuss future of Kirk

21 May, 2016

Regional roadshows are to be held across Scotland to give congregations the opportunity to voice their opinions about the future direction of the Church of Scotland.

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General Assembly allows ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages

21 May, 2016

The historic decision by the Church of Scotland to recognise Ministers and Deacons in same-sex civil partnerships has been extended to cover same-sex marriage.

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Archbishop of Canterbury to take part in General Assembly debate on Columba Declaration

20 May, 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to make history when he becomes the first head of the Church of England to take part in a debate at the Church of Scotland's General Assembly which opens in Edinburgh tomorrow.

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New book tells story of Czech minister forced to flee to Scotland

20 May, 2016

A new book by a former Czech dissident minister tells how he and his family had to flee to Scotland after being persecuted by the secret police.

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Proposal to move General Assembly to June to attract young people

19 May, 2016

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland could be moved to June in the future under new proposals to try and encourage more young people to attend.

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Church staff join Thursdays in Black campaign to support survivors of violence

19 May, 2016

The Church of Scotland's Violence Against Women Task Group is urging commissioners to the General Assembly to wear black on Thursday.

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Church dismisses media reports of ‘online baptism’

19 May, 2016

The Church is not bringing forward plans for 'online baptism', contrary to media headlines ahead of the General Assembly. The Convener of the Legal Questions Committee, Rev George Cowie, says the reporting has presented the most extreme interpretation of what may be discussed.

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Heart and Soul Festival 2016 lines up exciting mix of all-ages entertainment

18 May, 2016

Two stages of music and entertainment, 65 booths and just a few surprises promise to make for an exciting Heart and Soul Festival 2016.

Joint working group formed with Scottish Episcopal Church

18 May, 2016

A joint working group is being created to further the common goals shared by the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church. The "Our Common Calling" working group is due to hold its first meeting in the early autumn to take forward the new initiative.

Moderator designate challenges politicians to tackle obscenity of homelessness

The scale of homelessness inScotland is a "damning indictment" on modern society and politicians must domuch more to tackle the problem, a Church leader has said.