Home truths expected at Church future lecture

Doug Gay
Rev Dr Doug Gay, Principal of Trinity College, Glasgow, and senior lecturer in Practical Theology, promises to provide audience members an evening of “candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it.”

One of Scotland’s most renowned theologians will offer his hard hitting analysis on the Kirk’s future in a series of lectures beginning tomorrow night.

Rev Dr Doug Gay, principal of Trinity College, Glasgow, and lecturer in practical theology, promises to provide audience members an evening of “candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it.”

Each lecture will take place at 6.30pm at St Giles’ Cathedral on the 1st, 8th and 15th February. The lectures are free to attend, or watch online on the Church of Scotland home page.

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, Chairman of the Chalmers Lectureship Trust, said: “This lecture series is timely.

"While the institutional life of the church appears to be under threat Doug Gay will challenge us to think seriously about the changes in church and society which have led to decline of the last four decades, but he will also point us to some of the important priorities which must be on our agenda if we are to arrest the decline and grow the life
of the Church.”

Lecture 1 - Wednesday 1 February

The first lecture explores ‘what just happened?’ tracing the decline of the Kirk as a national institution since the 1960s.

Lecture 2 - Wednesday 8 February

The second lecture explores the relationship between the Church’s understanding of its own calling and its response.

Lecture 3 - Wednesday 15 February

The final lecture makes the case for radical structural reform of the Church of Scotland over the next decade.