Fr Matthew Despard

Controversial priest ordered to quit his house after losing legal battle

A priest at the centre of a bitter row with the Catholic Church has been ordered to leave his parish house. Father Matthew Despard, 50, is involved in a dispute over a book he wrote alleging a gay mafia was operating at the top of the Church. He was ordered to leave his home at […]

Church of Scotland votes in favour of allowing ministers in same sex civil partnerships

Church of Scotland votes in favour of allowing ministers in same sex civil partnerships

The Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The historic decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh today, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is the […]

Ruth Davidson

Scottish Tory leader and Irish partner call for Yes vote in marriage referendum

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, and her Irish partner, Jen Wilson, have called for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Ms Davidson (36) and Ms Wilson (33), who is from Wexford, said the ongoing debate in Ireland was similar to the discussion in Scotland before the Scottish parliament legislated for […]

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Support the most vulnerable, say Churches in open letter to Prime Minister

Leaders from four major UK Churches have signed an open letter to the re-appointed Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulating him on his election and encouraging him to hold ‘truth, justice, peace and wellbeing’ at the heart of the government. With a focus on ‘loving our neighbour’, the letter reminds the Prime Minister that a wholesome […]

Kirk says ‘Tomorrow’s Calling’ in recruitment drive for new ministers

Kirk says ‘Tomorrow’s Calling’ in recruitment drive for new ministers

The Church of Scotland is launching a recruitment campaign for new ministers with a video championing their work in communities across the country. The Kirk’s ‘Tomorrow’s Calling’ campaign is reaching out to people capable of replacing the large number of parish ministers due to retire over the next 10 years. The specially commissioned video will […]

Rev David Robertson

MSPs reject ban on creationism in schools

The Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee today rejected calls for a ban on creationism in Scotland’s state schools. Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning and Science, wrote to MSPs saying “it is preferable to leave the curriculum to teachers and enable them to exercise their professional judgement on what is taught, rather than legislate to ban […]

Pope Francis

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message

“Jesus Christ is Risen!” Pope Francis proclaimed the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica on a cold and rainy Easter Sunday morning.   The inclement weather didn’t deter tens of thousands of pilgrims who came to the Square to take part in Solemn Mass for Easter Sunday morning. […]

Rt Rev John Chalmers

Easter message from the Church of Scotland

Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, writes: I have found it particularly poignant to have followed the themes of Christian Aid, posted daily on our website, which bring us now to Easter Day. I began our journey through Lent 40 days ago, when I commented that “when I see […]

Bishop Gregor Duncan

Easter message from the Scottish Episcopal Church

In preparing to write his Easter sermon, the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan said: As I sit down to write this in Passiontide, I am to offer you an Easter message.  What to say?  Well, something simple: Easter faith resonates with the experience of the world I’ve just described and speaks to it.  Jesus himself […]

Rev Iver Martin

Free Church of Scotland: The resurrection … Jesus rose from the dead

For many people Easter is little more than a nice idea, writes Rev Iver Martin. They are happy to join in the celebrations which do nothing more for them than mark the passing of winter as it gives way to warmer weather, baby lambs and brighter evenings. But for the thinking person the resurrection of […]

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