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Churches sign up to stamp out sectarianism

Leaders and representatives of a wide spectrum of Churches in Glasgow today signed a common statement celebrating how today’s churches work more closely together than in the past.

The move coincides with artist Roddy Buchanan’s exhibition Histrionics, showing at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art until October 2007, which explores aspects of sectarianism.

The Statement is supported by a leaflet – How They Love One Another – produced in partnership by Culture and Sport Glasgow, Glasgow Churches Together and Sense Over Sectarianism. The leaflet will be launched at the signing event and available from GOMA.

Signatories to the common statement are:

• Baptist Union of Scotland: Rev Bill Slack, General Director;

• Church of Scotland: Rev Alastair Cherry, Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery;

• Methodist Church: Rev Derek Bibb, Superintendent, Glasgow Circuit;

• Religious Society of Friends: Mike Brown, Clerk, Glasgow Quaker Meeting;

• Roman Catholic Church: Most Rev Mario Conti, Archbishop of Glasgow;

• Salvation Army: Major Ivor Telfer, Divisional Commander;

• Scottish Episcopal Church: Most Rev Idris Jones, Primus;

• United Free Church of Scotland: Rev Ann Purdie, Moderator, Presbytery of the West;

• United Reformed Church: Rev Mary Buchanan, Ecumenical Officer;

• Evangelical Alliance: Rev Fred Drummond, General Secretary.

Full story and text of statement: Glasgow Churches Together.

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