Rev Dr Norman Maciver

Norman Maciver steps down as Forward Together director

Rev Dr Norman Maciver, the founding chairman and latterly director of Church of Scotland evangelical grouping Forward Together, has stepped down after 20 years of involvement with the organisation. Trustee Rev Douglas Cranston said: “A few weeks prior to the 1994 General Assembly a number of Church of Scotland ministers were asked by Norry Maciver […]

New Broughty Ferry church to start after ‘respectful disagreement’ with Kirk

New Broughty Ferry church to start after ‘respectful disagreement’ with Kirk

A new church is starting in Broughty Ferry next month after a split caused by the Kirk’s views on homosexuality and humanism. The minister of St James Church is leading an exodus of members 100 yards east to the Scout halls where his new Broughty Ferry Presbyterian Church will worship. The Rev Alberto de Paula […]

CAI meeting at Douglas House in Abernethy, Perthshire

‘Cult of Horrors’: former members detail abuse handed out at Christian Assemblies International

A four-year investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has uncovered shocking claims of abuse and torment in relation to New South Wales-based registered charity and religious group Christian Assemblies International (CAI). [ABC programme] Four Corners has revealed that self-styled religious guru Pastor Scott Williams was using his warped brand of evangelical Pentecostalism to run […]

No To Named Person (NO2NP)

Scots named person plans are ‘politicisation of parenting’

The Scottish Government’s “grotesque” named person proposals are a “disturbing manifestation of the politicisation of parenting”, a leading sociologist has warned. Dr Frank Furedi criticised a climate of over-zealous child protection policies commenting that: “Government initiatives are underpinned by the assumption that parents cannot be trusted and must be subject to constant surveillance”. Writing in […]

Pope Francis

Day for Life message from Pope Francis

Pope Francis is marking the Day for Life in the UK and Ireland this Sunday, with a call to all people of good will to cherish life, particularly the life of society’s most vulnerable. In a message sent to the Church in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal […]

Rev Andrew R Allan

Free Church (Continuing) presses its Glasgow summer outreach

In delightful seasonable weather it was a privilege to return to Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, writes Rev Andrew R Allan, and join with Donald John Morrison, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)’s home mission worker, and distribute gospel tracts to the throngs of passers-by. When I was there Rev William Macleod and Alastair Manderson from the […]

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Theology student loses jobless benefit because attending Communion ‘wasn’t Church of England practice’

It has been celebrated in churches for more than 350 years; but a court has now ruled that attendance at a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) service of holy communion “could not be regarded as an established custom and practice” of the Church of England. The ruling came in unsuccessful challenges to the First Tier […]

Orange march in Edinburgh for No vote is given the go-ahead

Orange march in Edinburgh for No vote is given the go-ahead

An Orange Order march planned for Edinburgh just days before the independence referendum has been given the go-ahead. The march by up to 15,000 people is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 – the weekend before voters decide the country’s future. Members of the council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday voted in favour of allowing the event to […]

Rev David Robertson

Commonwealth Disney Eurovision Brigadoon … reflections on the opening ceremony

Over one billion people watched the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony from Glasgow on Wednesday night, writes Rev David Robertson. We were promised ‘the best of Scotland’. What did we get? Enough to learn a great deal about modern Scotland and the ‘values’ of contemporary British society. —– Firstly it was acutely embarrassing. Alex Salmond claimed […]

Dr Taj Hargey

Muslims ask for support to ban burka

Muslims have launched a Downing Street petition to ban the burka. If 100,000 supporters sign, the House of Commons will have to consider following the French example of forbidding women to cover their faces in public. The campaign to forbid what petitioners call a “disturbing social trend” to wear the full burka or niqab (face […]

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