Church in the news

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

Friday 6 March, 2015

The Presbytery of Aberdeen has named its new moderator. He is the Reverend Duncan Eddie, who has served the city for 17 years. Mr Eddie who is currently minister at West Holburn Church in Great Westburn Road will take up his post in May.

A Doctor Who website reports the Very Reverend Sandy McDonald, the father of the tenth Doctor David Tennant, is currently part of a political and religious debate with the Church of Scotland over the right of a person to have a 'peaceful end of life.'

The Courier newspaper carries letters following a story in which Reverend Scott Burton was quoted. One letter is written by someone who doesn't attend a church but on the times he has attended a Church of Scotland service he found it to be joyless. Another writer talks about Communion and Eucharist services.

The print version of the Press and Journal reports that the Rev Aonghas Ian MacDonald, described as a Church of Scotland 'elder statesman' has joined the Free Church because he felt can no longer stand by his ordination vows because of the Kirk's stance on gay ordination.

Thursday 5 March, 2015

Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, was interviewed for Reporting Scotland last night, speaking about immigration and asylum seekers, with reference to Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre. The link to Reporting Scotland is live until 6.55pm March 5 (4.34)

Church of Scotland minister Barry Hughes in Peebles was one of the guest speakers at the town's Guildry meeting. The message which came out of the meeting was that Peebles has to attract younger people for the town to prosper. Mr Hughes also said Peebles is a home to a food bank and Peebles was associated with wool and woollen mills, there will have been many families affected by their closure.

Third Force News carries a report about the Church of Scotland led food banks conference held last Saturday and the Kirk's suggestion that food co-ops and allotments could help stop rising food poverty.

Wednesday 4 March, 2015

Church condemnation of benefits cuts which are affecting thousands of children continues to be reported across Christian media. Christian Today

New ways of building a Christian community are the focus of a series of events being run by the Church of Scotland soon.

Tuesday 3 March, 2015

A new report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 6,500 children in Scotland were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14. The Herald: Church Times: The position of the Church of Scotland can be found here:

You can watch a video on the Beyond Food banks Conference held on Saturday in Govan here: