Church in the News: 19 March, 2015

Fears over a hunger strike at a Scots immigration centre have sparked calls for an urgent visit with detainees. The Church of Scotland is one of the organisations calling for access. Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council, said: " As a nation we must be deeply concerned at the news that a number of asylum seekers being imprisoned at Dungavel have become so desperate that they are refusing to eat in an effort to bring attention to their plight. Their concerns must be listened to and addressed. We hope and expect the Home Secretary to respond to our request and allow representatives of the Church, STUC and others to visit ,and to share what they have witnessed." STV http://bit.ly/1x3nDLP 

The new minister at Milestones Community Church in Orkney says he is "looking forward to the many joys and challenges that lie ahead". http://bit.ly/1HZwjE1

Last July, the World Mission Council's Twinning Development Officer Rebecca McGonigle married her longtime boyfriend Manus. Within 3 months she was kissing him goodbye and boarding a plane to the Middle East to work as a human rights monitor with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. Read a feature on the experience here: http://bit.ly/1Cywojj