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Gladys Ramsay

Church celebrates 50 years since first women ordained as elders

25 May, 2016

The Church of Scotland celebrated 50 years of women's ordination Tuesday with a gathering that included the first woman Moderator and some of the longest-serving women elders from congregations across Scotland.


General Assembly reaffirms position on European Union

24 May, 2016

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland hasoverwhelmingly backed the case for remaining in the European Union.


General Assembly calls for law amendment to protect children

24 May, 2016

The Scottish Government is being urged to alter existing law to ensure that it is neveracceptable to beat a child.

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General Assembly votes to support Speak Out: 10,000 voices for change

24 May, 2016

The General Assembly has voted to support the Church and Society's Speak Out strategy that will guide the Council's work for the next 5-10 years. You can follow the work on the new Speak Out pages on the church website.

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Moderator preaches at St Giles on General Assembly Sunday

24 May, 2016

The Moderator preached at St Giles on Sunday morning and attended the Heart and Soul festival in Princes Street Gardens in the afternoon. Here is his full sermon.


CrossReach in living wage bid

23 May, 2016

Socialcare provider CrossReach has been instructed to work with Church of Scotlandtrustees in a bid to secure funding to enable it to pay all of its staff theScottish Living Wage.


New be bold be strong tartan for Kirk Guild

23 May, 2016

The Church of Scotland Guild has created its own specialtartan - a striking design that reflects its three year strategy motto "bebold, be strong".


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.


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.