Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby: what should we do about ISIS?

One hundred years ago, the first casualty reports from the Battle of Mons were received. Although the war had been declared on 4th August, the first British casualty was on the 21st. He is buried opposite the last one, who fell in the same area four years and millions of dead later. The front line […]

Rev Rosemary Frew

Graves to be dug up at Kirkcaldy church to save wall

Human remains will be exhumed from Fife graves as urgent work is carried out to shore up a dangerous wall. Fife Council is making a legal bid for permission to carry out the exhumation of part of historic Abbotshall Church graveyard in the centre of Kirkcaldy. The move has been deemed vital as a section […]

Rev Alan Greig

Thief robs minister during church Sunday service

A thief robbed a church in broad daylight as parishioners were taking part in a Sunday service. Now police are hunting the culprit who struck at Wishaw Old Parish Church in Lanarkshire during the morning worship. The thief made off with a Kindle online reading tablet and an iPad tablet computer from Rev. Alan Greig’s […]

Perth man helping to run crisis-hit Harris church

Perth man helping to run crisis-hit Harris church

The Church of Scotland has pulled in a retired minister from Perth to help look after a crisis-hit congregation in the Hebrides. The Rev Colin Caskie, interim moderator of the Presbytery of Uist, travels 230 miles from his home to Harris once every couple of months to join worshippers at Tarbert Church which was recently torn […]

Alex Neil

Date set for first same-sex marriages in Scotland

Same-sex couples will be able to get married in Scotland from the end of the year, ministers have announced. Health Secretary Alex Neil said gay and lesbian couples will be able to tie the knot from 31 December. Couples in an existing civil partnership will also be able to change their relationship to a marriage […]

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Vatican calls for Catholic Church to welcome gays

Catholic bishops took an unprecedented step on Monday to “welcome” homosexuals and noting they had “gifts and qualities” to offer the church. As the global synod on the family entered its second week at the Vatican, the bishops released a midterm document summarising the closed-door debate taking place between nearly 200 bishops and lay officials. […]

Viking treasure hoard found in Dumfries and Galloway

Viking treasure hoard found in Dumfries and Galloway

A hoard of Viking treasure has been unearthed by a metal-detecting enthusiast in one of the most significant finds of its kind ever made in Scotland. More than 100 objects, some of them made of gold, were discovered on church land at an undisclosed location in Dumfries and Galloway. The “historically significant” find was made […]

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Civic leaders: Smith Commission needs ‘people power’ to decide on Scottish devo

The makeup of the Smith Commission on more powers for Holyrood has been called into question by a letter from senior representatives of civic Scotland, who warn that “a vital component is missing from the process” – the full engagement of the Scottish people. The letter, to Lord Smith of Kelvin, was signed by Sally […]

Parishioners prayers answered over turbine plan

Parishioners prayers answered over turbine plan

Residents of a rural Angus community have had their prayers answered over a controversial wind power development. Locogen had applied to put up a 77-metre turbine near Carmyllie’s 17th century church. Local authority planning officers had recommended the development standards committee approve the proposal but a vote found in the favour of objectors. The congregation […]

Kirk makes initial submission on further Scottish devolution

Kirk makes initial submission on further Scottish devolution

The Church of Scotland has made its initial submission to the Smith Commission on further devolved powers for Scotland. Convener of the Church and Society Council, Rev Sally Foster Fulton says of the process “This is more about making a difference in relation to poverty, health, education and all the other aspects of human flourishing […]

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