Alex Salmond hails Reformation ahead of anniversary

THE impact of the Reformation is "felt to this day", First Minister Alex Salmond has said ahead of a series of events to mark its 450th anniversary. The 16th-century overhaul saw Scotland formally break from the Catholic Church’s authority, and a programme of events on Wednesday will commemorate its legacy. The Church of Scotland and […]

Pioneering church marks 200th year

An Edinburgh church which has pioneered a new style of ministry is celebrating its 200th anniversary, writes Ian Swanson. Canonmills Baptist Church has no permanent minister but instead operates a "corporate ministry" where the whole congregation shares in the pastoral and other work of the church. Worship on Sundays is often led by guest preachers […]

University of St Andrews explores the impact of the Scottish Reformation

The University of St Andrews is marking the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland with an exhibition exploring the local and national impact of this formative event in Scottish history. The exhibition will run until 10 December 2010. A series of talks and a guided tour of Reformation St Andrews will be run in […]

Full text of Pope Benedict’s homily at Bellahouston

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “The Kingdom of God is very near to you!” (Lk 10:9).  With these words of the Gospel we have just heard, I greet all of you with great affection in the Lord.  Truly the Lord’s Kingdom is already in our midst! At this Eucharistic celebration in which the Church […]

Knox’s ‘First Blast’ to be displayed at the National Library

A famous historic work by John Knox will go on display tomorrow at the National Library of Scotland, along with other exhibits to mark the 450th anniversary of the reformation. The first edition of The First Blast of the Trumpet, published in 1558, was a controversial work in which Knox argued that the Bible said […]

Cornton Vale history told in book

A new book on the origins of Cornton Vale is to be published. ‘A Century of Cornton Vale: Men’s Colony, Borstal and Women’s Prison’ tells the story of the institution’s development over the years. The land around Cornton Vale was originally a 30-acre farm. The Church of Scotland established a garden colony between 1907 and […]

Funds sought to put new roof on historic Fogo Kirk

Historic Fogo Kirk is in urgent need or repair and parishioners are now being asked to help. The kirk has been designated by Historic Scotland as a List ‘A’ historic building, both for the exterior and interior. There was probably a wooden church at Fogo from the 7th or 8th century and part of the […]

Benedict XVI should address the papacy’s treatment of Robert the Bruce

The papal visit to Scotland is a month away, but already the question has been asked: will Pope Benedict mention the papacy’s treatment of Robert the Bruce? This was nearly seven centuries ago, writes Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, but Scotland would not exist as an independent country if Robert, the hero-king, had not dared to […]

Far north brothers who put Scotland on map remembered

Two brothers who literally put Scotland on the map will be remembered at a special church service in Caithness this weekend. The local and national legacy left by Timothy and Zachary Pont will be recalled at the service in Dunnet Church to mark the 450th anniversary of the Reformation. Both brothers were ministers in the […]

Scotland's saints begged to perform miracles for tourism

Scotland’s saints, whose miracles include raising the dead, curing the mad and even saving a queen from execution, could now be asked to perform another miracle – boosting the country’s tourist trade. The Church of Scotland has suggested harnessing the religious significance and fascinating history of the Scottish saints to attract a new wave of […]

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