Former Moderator hailed an inspiration at Westminster

A former Moderator of the General Assembly has been described as an “inspirational figure” in the House of Commons.

MPs have applauded Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, who was presented with the OBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

She was honoured for her “exceptional and long service to the Church of Scotland and promoting tolerance and understanding” through her role as the chairwoman of the Scottish board of the Remembering Srebrenica charity.

Dr Hood In Tarik Samir’s Gallery in Sarajevo
Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood In Tarik Samir’s Gallery in Sarajevo. Photo by John Young

Dr Hood of Paisley said she was dedicating her OBE to the Mothers of Srebrenica organisation and the many survivors of the 1995 Bosnian massacre who bravely speak out to try and tackle hatred and intolerance.

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands said: “I was delighted to table an Early Day Motion in Lorna’s honour following the award of her well deserved OBE yesterday.

“I’ve met Lorna a number of times now and you can’t help be impressed by her.

“Whether it was serving the people of Renfrew and Renfrew North Parish Church for close to four decades and as one of the Church’s first female moderators.

“Or her outstanding work with the mothers of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide in starting her own charity, she has been an inspirational figure thoroughly deserving of recognition.”

Lorna Hood
Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood has been recognised for her achivements in the House of Commons.

Dr Hood said she was delighted that her OBE had highlighted the Church of Scotland and the Scottish board of the Remembering Srebrenica charity in a positive light.

One of the Queen’s personal chaplains in Scotland, she said she it was “very humbling and emotional” to be made an OBE.

Dr Hood, who was Moderator in 2013-14, was the longest serving woman Kirk minister when she retired in 2016.