Rev Fiona Ogg

Highland church repairs reach critical stage as rainwater pours down inside walls

A restoration project on a Highland church has now reached a “critical” stage. Water pours down the inside walls of Ardnamurchan Parish Church every time it rains. It is estimated around £200,000 will now be needed to restore the building at Kilchoan and that the necessary repair work can’t be put off for much longer. […]

Following in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims along the Whithorn Way

As the summer months roll in, many are booking up trips and jet-setting off in favour of sunnier climes—a bid to unwind and relax, taking some much-needed rest from the stresses of everyday life, writes Amanda Connelly. Yet while some are away to explore foreign lands, one pilgrimage group and trust are combining their efforts […]

Church of England is in ‘grave spiritual danger’, warns Archbishop

The leader of the Anglican Church in Nigeria has slammed the General Synod of the Church of England for ‘false teaching’ and is warning that it is in ‘grave spiritual danger’. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh’s attack follows the Synod’s decision to back a proposal for services marking new identities for transgender people. Writing to the ‘faithful’ of […]

Rev David Robertson

Religious influence on state schools ‘could be curtailed’

SNP plans to transfer powers over state schools away from councils risks marginalising the role of spiritual leaders, senior church figures have warned. Religious representatives have a legal right to places on local authority education committees, but some churches fear this role will be diminished under new “regional collaboratives” planned to shake up school governance. […]

Neilston communion token

18th century communion token found on eBay to be returned to Neilston Parish Church

A piece of history from the 18th century has been returned to Neilston. A communion token which dates back to 1785 will soon take pride of place at the village’s parish church after an eagle-eyed resident clocked the item up for sale online. Nostalgia enthusiast Matt Drennan, who is secretary of the Neilston War Memorial […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Catholic Church backs single sex school challenge

A challenge to the status of Scotland’s last remaining state-funded single sex school has been backed by the Catholic Church. Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia said a formal consultation on the future of the all-girl Notre Dame High School would be a “positive step forward so that all the school communities which have an interest […]

Ciarán Kelly, head of communications at The Christian Institute

Drag queens may read to Scots primary-aged kids in new initiative

LGBT campaigners have backed a new initiative which involves drag queens reading and singing to primary-aged children. Drag Queen Story Time, inspired by a similar scheme in the US, is now being pushed in the UK, with programmes being developed in Birmingham and Bristol. The first event took place last week at an LGBT pride […]

Rev Canon Lisa Eunson

Obituary: Rev Canon Lisa Eunson, American rector who made Scotland her home

Rev Canon Lisa Eunson, Episcopal rector. Born: 18 May 1954, in Tokyo, Japan. Died: 17 June 2017, in Banchory, Kincardineshire, aged 63. Rev Lisa Eunson was the Shetland-descended American who made Deeside her home, and became the first woman to sit on the Chapter of St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen. A natural leader and […]

Bishop Stephen Robson

Bishop Stephen Robson: We must fight the ‘culture of death’

Each year, around the Feast of the Visitation of our Lady, the Catholic Church in Scotland celebrates the Day for Life, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. Human life is a sacred and precious gift from God and must be […]

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines' Buckfast: 'a delicious irony'

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines’ Buckfast: ‘a delicious irony’

Letter to the Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017: Peter Swindon’s report (Bloodshed, drunkenness and triumphalism: the Orange Order on the streets of Scotland, Eyewitness, July 2) on the Orange Order parades that took place over last weekend contains a statement to the effect that some march supporters were drinking Buckfast straight from the bottle as […]

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