Church in the News: 24 April, 2017
Church in the news highlights Wednesday 19 - Monday 24 April
Kirk Heroine chosen for the Hall of Heroes at the Wallace Monument
There has been extensive coverage of this including:
The Herald, The Scotsman , Courier, The National, around 30 local news outlets, and the Edinburgh Evening News.
Continued reaction to the paper of the theological forum
More newspapers have now covered the Theological Forum's report on human sexuality, which has generally had a positive response in the media aside from a few letters that have been published. There has been coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mail, i, Daily Express, The Sun , Metro, The Herald, The Scotsman, Daily Record, Press & Journal, The Courier, Scottish Daily Star, BBC Online, around 25 local newspapers, BBC 1 Scotland, STV, Kingdom FM, BBC Radio Scotland, Christian Today, and Pink News.
Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration
The report has received a mixed reaction from the Jewish community, with many outlets expressing concern. The Jewish News quotes the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, stating “We have considerable reservations, in particular the proposed Deliverance (resolution) which condemns Israeli settlements, but not Palestinian terrorism or Hamas’s institutionalised anti-Semitism,” However, the article goes on to say "Jewish representatives said they were pleased that the Church had consulted Scottish Jews before its publication, and that revisions had given a more balanced reading".
A interfaith confernc
Life & Work to be offered to digital subscribers
The Herald and Stornoway Gazette wrote articles covering the development.
Moderator Designate reveals he was banished from Sunday School ;
The Herald picked up on the May edition of Life & Work which features an interview with Rev Dr Derek Browning, who next month will takeover as Moderator to the General Assembly.
In the article Dr Browning states he was taken out of Sunday School aged seven for being "a disruptive influence" and "asking too many questions".
He goes on to say that "the sense of wanting to ask questions is important to both my ministry and parish work and at the General Assembly. Questions are always in order."
Dr Browning will make hospitality and inclusion significant themes in his year as Moderator.
Interfaith conference mentioned on BBC Radio Scotland
Dr Amanullah De Sondy, who was one of the key speakers at the recent Honest Conversations interfaith conference, mentioned the event on BBC Radio Scotland as part of the Thought For the Day section on Good Morning Scotland. He cites the event as an important chance to discuss the tension between mission, belief and interfaith work.