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Kirk ministers attempt to bar gay churchman from new job

Twelve Church of Scotland ministers and elders are trying to block the appointment of a gay minister in Aberdeen, it emerged last night.

They object to the decision to install Scott Rennie at Queen’s Cross Church because they do not approve of his lifestyle.

The Aberdeen Presbytery members, who include ministers Louis Kinsey of St Columba’s at Bridge of Don, Peter Dickson of High Holburn, Hugh Wallace of Newhills and Nigel Parker of Bucksburn Stoneywood, have signed a letter of protest to Kirk’s HQ in Edinburgh.

Prof Trevor Salmon, Queen’s Cross joint session clerk, said members, office-bearers and Mr Rennie are “dismayed” by the protest and branded the dissenters “small-minded”. A Kirk spokesman confirmed an appeal has been lodged against Mr Rennie’s appointment.

Aberdeen-born Mr Rennie is separated from his wife, with whom he has a young daughter, and shares the manse [of his current congregation, Brechin Cathedral] with another man.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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