Ruth Gledhill

One in 50 Anglican clergy don’t believe in God: Scottish Episcopalians are ‘most sceptical’

One in 50 Anglican clergy in the UK believes God is merely a human construct, according to a new survey today. Just eight in ten believe there is a personal God and a further three in 100 believe there is some spirit or life force, writes Ruth Gledhill. And in spite of two millennia of […]

Rev Lezley Stewart

Historic Edinburgh church confirms support for LGBTI inclusivity

An Edinburgh congregation has “come out” in support of LGBTI inclusivity. Greyfriars Kirk, situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, has confirmed it wishes to become an “affirming congregation” within the Church of Scotland. Affirmation Scotland, an organisation within the Church aiming to “affirm the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians in The Church of […]

Glasgow Cathedral

Unholy row over bid to charge admission fee at Glasgow Cathedral

Visitors to historic Glasgow Cathedral will be charged an admission fee from April next year. A petition criticising the decision has already been signed by more than 600 people. And city council leader Gordon Matheson has now written to Historic Scotland’s chief executive asking that the decision be scrapped. The petition, a link to which […]

Kirk's scheme to keep old active looks like a winner

Kirk’s scheme to keep old active looks like a winner

There is nothing new about trying to keep older people active, especially in care homes. Music, “chairobics”, quizzes and singalongs are all staples, but one of the most regular complaints from residents and relatives of those in residential care for the elderly is about days spent without stimulation. So a new business offering a package […]

Michael McGrath

Plans to reserve Catholic school places for baptised children given support

A Falkirk council consultation into plans to reserve school places for baptised children at Catholic schools has found 63 percent of people are in favour of the move. The council said that demand for places at denominational schools are ‘at a level that can no longer be met,’ despite the opening of St Bernadette’s Primary, […]

Archbishop Elias Nassar

‘God only knows’ if Christians will survive in the Middle East

A Lebanese bishop has told Scottish Catholics that ‘God only knows’ if there will be any Christians living in the Middle East in 20 years time such is the persecution they are facing. Maronite Archbishop Elias Nassar of Saida in Lebanon was speaking at an Aid to the Church in Need event at Our Lady […]

Isle of Lewis Church of Scotland says no to gay clergy

Isle of Lewis Church of Scotland says no to gay clergy

Every Church of Scotland congregation on Lewis, the largest island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is opposing moves to allow practising gay clergy being ordained as ministers. Lewis Presbytery, the body representing Church of Scotland congregations on the island, is already opposed to same-sex marriage because it is against biblical teaching. The Church of Scotland is […]

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 David Robertson

Free Church of Scotland leader hits back at critics who accuse him of anti-gay views

Scotland’s Free Church moderator who warned that same-sex marriage will lead to “sexual confusion” has defended his anti-gay marriage views, saying he thinks homophobia is “irrational and immoral.” Writing for KaleidoScot, Reverend David Robertson hit back at critics who accuse him of homophobia, saying he has always welcomed gay people into his church. He wrote: “Homophobia is […]

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 […]

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