The Church takes a key role in responding to a range of European and international issues, and works towards the goal of peace worldwide. You can read more about some of the current international issues where the Church has responded or taken action.
The Church's view on the ethics of defence
The Church and Society Council presented a report to the 2009 General Assembly on the 'Ethics of Defence' which provided the background to possible important and unprecedented policy shifts and examined the biblical and historical perspectives of defence, and the doctrine of nuclear deterrence. The report drew on the long tradition of the Church of Scotland in advocating the continuing renewal of efforts for peace and reconciliation across the world.
Trident: UK nuclear weapons at a crossroads is a briefing informing the public debate on the future of the UK nuclear weapons programme. It seeks to provide information and analysis with respect to strategic decisions that will shortly need to be made and reflects the consistent concern of the churches over many years.
It is a joint initiative by representatives of member churches of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Church of England's Archbishops' Council, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the United Reformed Church.
- Trident: UK nuclear weapons at a crossroads
- Download a Discussion Starter leaflet about Nuclear Weapons
- Download a Bible Study about Trident
Scotland's for Peace
The Church and Society Council is a member of the Scotland's for Peace campaign which aims to promote the idea that Scotland should be known for its contribution to international peace and international justice rather than for waging war.
Members sign the following declaration: 'I desire that Scotland should be known for its contribution to peace and justice,rather than for waging war. Therefore, I do not consent to the use of Scotland's land, water or resources for: weapons of mass destruction or the systems which support them; testing weapons and training personnel for the use in such attacks; unprovoked attacks on other countries.'
- Find out more at www.scotland4peace.org/
- Show your support by signing the Scottish Peace Covenant at the ban the bomb website
Scottish Clergy Against Nuclear arms
SCANA is a group, not limited to clergy, who continue a Christian witness against the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons.
- Find out more at www.scana.org.uk/
Conference of European Churches Church and Society Commission
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of 126 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic churches from all countries of Europe, plus 43 associated organisations.
The Church and Society Council is a member of CEC's Church and Society Commission, whose task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological and social ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension and to represent the member churches of CEC in their relations with political institutions working in Europe. For more information about the commission's work, visit the CEC website at http://csc.ceceurope.org/.
Resources for Remembrance from Service Chaplains
Army chaplains serving in Scotland provided resources to use during Remembrance Services. The chaplain who provided this material offers the following introduction:
"We hope that these may be of use as you plan your Remembrance services. We offer them in recognition of the common ministry that we share in proclaiming the word and the kingdom of God, and we offer them also in thanks for the work and prayer of parish clergy in support of our Armed Forces. We pray for you in your vocation and ministry and we ask that you may pray for us in ours."