Rev John Purves

Kirk minister recalls tsunami horror 10 years on

A Church of Scotland minister who witnessed the aftermath of the Asian tsunami in Sri Lanka a decade ago has told of the challenges he and his congregation faced in attempting to bring relief to the stricken island. The Rev John Purves had been minister of St Andrew’s Scots Kirk in Colombo, the capital of […]

Gary Bushell

BBC ‘couldn’t subvert the Yuletide message more if they were funded by Islamic State’

Ahh, Christmas – a time of joy and laughter, love and hope, writes Gary Bushell. A time for family, forgiveness and fond memories everywhere … Except on EastEnders, of course, where seasonal glad tidings for the Carter kids amounted to: grandad’s dying, nan’s got dementia and mum’s been raped by your cousin (who’s really your […]

George Square crash: churches’ reaction and prayers

George Square crash: churches’ reaction and prayers

Bishop Gregor Duncan: ‘I saw with my own eyes the awful aftermath’ The Rt Revd Dr Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway in the Scottish Episcopal Church, said: “The whole Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway offers our prayers for and condolences to all so suddenly and terribly caught up in this latest tragedy to […]

Traditional weddings threat as church faces unprecedented insurrection over gay marriage ban

Traditional weddings threat as church faces unprecedented insurrection over gay marriage ban

Church leaders are facing an unprecedented insurrection amongst their own ministry over their gay marriage ban, with signals some clergy will not carry out any weddings until the matter is resolved. In what has been described as the biggest crisis to engulf it in living memory, over 50 Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) clergy – around […]

Mairi Campbell-Jack

Quakers appoint a Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer

In the light of “significant and growing differences between the Scottish and Westminster parliaments”, Quakers in Britain have appointed an Edinburgh Parliamentary Engagement Officer. Mairi Campbell-Jack hopes to harness the energy generated by the referendum. “I’ve never seen such passion and enthusiasm in politics,” said Mairi. “Such a thirst for change will be a good […]

Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

Why is Libby Lane the first woman bishop appointed by the Church of England? She was one of the first to be ordained as a vicar 20 years ago when the Church approved women priests, and today she was unveiled as the Bishop of Stockport, writes Isabel Hardman. But she was not one of the […]

Rev Professor Andrew McGowan

Kirk ministers to sign covenant against gay ordination

Evangelicals opposed to gay ordination are forming a protest movement against greater acceptance of homosexual and lesbian ministers in the Church of Scotland. The group, to be launched in Glasgow today and to be called the Covenant Fellowship, will push for a traditionalist stance from within the Kirk, rather than leaving the main body of […]

Church of Scotland ‘trampling over Bible’ with gay minister vote

A Scots church has accused the Church of Scotland of “trampling over the Bible” in a row over gay ministers. The Free Church of Scotland has said it will welcome worshippers who wish to break with the Kirk over a vote to allow congregations to appoint gay ministers. Several congregations have split from the Church […]

Father Andy Monaghan

Forth 2 radio presenter priest under investigation after two women accuse him of lewd behaviour

A priest who once worked as a radio agony uncle is under investigation after two women accused him of lewd behaviour. Father Andy Monaghan, 72, was banned from his Midlothian parish by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh while the historic claims – which date back more than 36 years – are investigated. Police […]

Rosemary Hannah

Scottish Episcopal Church faces backlash after banning gay clergy from marrying

Clergy in the Scottish Episcopal Church have been threatened with disciplinary action if they enter a same-sex marriage, sparking a fierce backlash amongst its ministry and membership. An edict by Episcopalian bishops warns clerics already in a civil partnership that converting their relationships into marriage would put them “outwith doctrinal understanding”, a move sources say […]

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