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Minister in gay furore: I can do a better job

A gay minister at the centre of a major row which threatens to divide the Church of Scotland says coming to terms with his sexuality has made him “better” at his job, writes Cameron Brooks.

The Rev Scott Rennie, whose provisional appointment at Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen outraged some evangelicals, claims he is now more able to connect with people than ever before.

The 36-year-old – divorced from Ruth with whom he has a daughter Rachel – revealed his thoughts to the nomination committee at Queen’s Cross Church.

A booklet produced by the church says he re-evaluated his life after the breakdown of his marriage and the death of someone close to him.

“It has allowed Scott to come to terms with his sexuality, something he had long resisted and wrestled with due to his conservative church roots.

“He and Ruth remain the best of friends (and) both love their daughter Rachel and many happy days are spent together still.

“Scott feels these challenges and changes in life have undoubtedly made him a better minister and pastor, more compassionate and understanding of the complexities of people’s real lives.”

The booklet says Aberdeen-born Mr Rennie now shares a committed relationship with his Christian partner David – thought to be a religious and moral education teacher at a secondary school.
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Mr Rennie, a Dons fan and Liberal Democrat member, is currently minister at Brechin Cathedral in Angus.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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