An unprecedented move towards improving relations between the Church of Scotland and the Free Church of Scotland will be taken next week, 164 years after they split.
In what is being billed as “A small step for a Christian, but a giant step for the Church”, the general assemblies of both churches will be asked to agree a joint statement which recognises ” the scandal of the divisions in our Presbyterian church family” and pledges to work towards greater recognition and co-operation.
As a practical expression of this, the conveners of both churches’ ecumenical relations committees will be invited to cross the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile between the two assemblies and to address their counterparts.
The statement also highlights the shared historical basis of doctrine and practice in the scriptures and the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646).
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