Church in the news

The latest news on The Church of Scotland's work, events and activities from external media outlets.

Tuesday 12 May, 2015

BBC Scotland reports on the Tomorrow's Calling campaign.Read the story:

Listen to BBC Good Morning Scotland's interview with Rev Michael Mair here:

The Herald reports that : "The Kirk is hoping to inspire a new generation of leaders as it launches the recruitment push for ministers during its annual gathering at the end of the week with a video called Tomorrow's Calling."

The Tomorrow's Calling campaign also attracted coverage from:


Heart FM, where Rev Michael Mair appeared on the Drivetime radio show

The Scotsman reports on the campaign and the issue parishes appointing ministers in same-sex civil partnerships on page 13 of its print edition. The Scotsman also reports online that, "The controversial issue of whether congregations will be allowed to appoint ministers and deacons in civil partnerships is to be debated and voted on this Saturday at the start of the Kirk's annual General Assembly."

The Courier

The Times reports on the Tomorrow's Calling campaign in its print edition. (Page 25) On the same page The Times also carries a story about the Church and Society council report saying that in addition to developing green energy sources, it may be necessary to allow fracking.

Falkirk Herald

Hebrides news

Carluke Gazette

Here is the story on the Church of Scotland website

Look out for BBC Scotland's Reporting and STV North covering the story on their news programmes, and Rev Neil Glover on STV's Scotland Tonight this evening.

Rev Tommy MacNeil is also due to feature on BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie programme between 1230and 1245pm this morning.

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that, "Elizabeth Morton,an elder at St John's and King's Park Church in Dalkeith, has been sworn in as the first female moderator of the Lothians Presbytery."

Monday 11 May, 2015

The Daily Mail reports on the church's upcoming Ministers Wellbeing Conference in Monday's print edition. Rev Gordon Jamieson who wrote an article for Life and Work on his own experiences, is quoted in the article.

The East Lothian Courier reports that 18 members of West Church in Haddington joined the Moderator in climbing Ben Lomond to support the Nepal Appeal.

The Evening Times reports on the closure of Shettleston Old Parish church. The church is quoted saying Glasgow Presbytery will help the congregation unite with the congregation at Victoria Toll Cross Church. The Evening Times also carried a letter expressing sadness at the closure.

Here is the City Politics reports on the significance of the SNP election victory. Rev Douglas Gay, lecturer in theology at the University of Glasgow and an ordained Church of Scotland minister talks about how views on nationalism have changed.

The Argyllshire Advertiser reports that Rev Tommy Bryson was given an emotional sendoff from his church at Tarbert. Bryson presided over renovations at the church after its roof was destroyed in a storm.

Friday 8 May, 2015

The Border Telegraph reports that a Galashiels minister wants one of her Sunday Services to start 30 minutes later in the story, Stressed' minister seeks worship delay:

The Inverness Courier has a story about the Moderators' Munro challenge on page 5 of its print edition. 'Fundraisers battle hail to climb Munro' includes a photo of the Moderator with the Youth Assembly Moderator Rachel Hutcheson.

The Daily Mail reviews a book called God And Mrs Thatcher: The Fight For Britain's Soul. (Mrs Thatcher) "upheld (her father's) credo in a speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1988, when she said: 'Christianity is about spiritual redemption, not social reform."

Thursday 7 May, 2015

Holyrood magazine's report on seats to watch in the general election notes that David Steel's successor in the Scottish Borders, Michael Moore is the son of a Church of Scotland minister.

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that: OAP vows to never drive again after killing minister.