Take a Pew at the Scottish Parliament

Hear how the church needs to respond to our changing society in our second Take a Pew video discussion, which is available to watch now. Our church pews were placed outside the Scottish Parliament earlier this month, where Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood led the conversation. She was joined by Ruth Davidson MSP, businessman and church elder Alan Thornburrow and Andrew MacPherson, who is the incoming Moderator of the National Youth Assembly.

The video looks at how the church can remain relevant in the communities it serves, especially in rural areas where many other public buildings have already closed. The panel also explore public perceptions of the church and how more people can be made aware of the full breadth of its activities.

Ruth Davidson, who is a church member and is the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, said she was delighted to be invited to take part in the discussion. Speaking afterwards, she said the church plays a crucial and important role in nourishing and supporting communities around the country. "I think it still has a huge part to play in public and civic life, and in challenging politicians like myself."

At the end of June, an extra Take a Pew video will be released in which Lorna asks Ruth Davidson about her faith and her upbringing in the church, as well as discussing her recent engagement.

If you'd like to know when the next discussions are filmed and available to view, you can sign up to be alerted. You can also take the opportunity to suggest topics you'd like to hear discussed and locations for the pews to visit. You can find out more information about Take a Pew and watch the other videos on our Tomorrow's Calling website.

Our next Take a Pew discussions are planned for Glencoe, Brig o'Doon bridge in Alloway and Glasgow Green.