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Dave Thompson

Christian MSP hopes Holyrood religious freedom group will promote tolerance

Church of Scotland member Dave Thompson, a HighlandMSP, explains why he set up a cross-party group on religious freedom at the ScottishParliament.

Training conference for Gaelic speaking preachers to be staged

The Church of Scotland has announced plans to hold a Gaeliclanguage training conference for ministers next year.

Baton with inscription messaged: Time for climate justice. Churches in Scotland demand a deal in paris December 2015.

Musician creates baton fanfare to herald importance of climate change

Musician composes fanfare to herald the importance of climate change baton relay.

Story Telling cafe

New chapter for Scottish Storytelling Centre cafe

It's a well-known pit-stop for a cup of tea and a slice ofcake in the heart of Edinburgh's tourist trail , and now the running of theScottish Storytelling Centre café is up for grabs.

John Chalmers leap of faith

Flying high - a Rev takes a leap of faith for a good cause

A daredevil Church of Scotland minister embarks on a freefall, charity abseil from a 150ft high crane and immediately declares "I wouldhave gone straight back up and done it all over again".

Renewed focus on Ministers wellbeing in the Church

Ministers and clergy consistently rate their personal satisfaction in the work they do as being amongst the highest enjoyed by any profession. But they also experience high levels of stress. The Church has recognised the impact this can have on ministers wellbeing and health, and is renewing its commitment to provide better support and advice as well as raising awareness of the potential problems.


High funeral costs make grieving process even more overwhelming

Churchof Scotland welcomes new study to try and alleviate "enormous stress" caused by financial burden of funeral costs.

JJ and John chalmers

Former Moderator vows to "dig deep" for 150ft charity leap

It is perhaps the last thing you would expect a serious minded man of the cloth to do.The ideaof taking part in a 150ft freefall abseil off a mammoth crane would turn many people's stomach but for John Chalmers it is all in the name of a good cause very close to his heart.

Sally Foster Fulton

Church welcomes new cross-party group on religious freedom

TheChurch of Scotland has warmly welcomed a decision to establish a cross-partygroup on religious freedom at Holyrood.

Slave traders market

Church hails new human trafficking legislation as "powerful deterrent to atrocious crime"

Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group welcomes tough new legislation that could see people convicted jailed for life.

Church goes with the flow after canal-side makeover

A Church congregation in Edinburgh has undergone an amazing transformation to fully embrace its unique setting - renaming itself Kirk on the Canal.

Stigma of mental health challenged by new art exhibition

East Ayrshire's Provost Jim Todd is officially opening a new arts and crafts exhibition which features the handiwork of people recovering from mental health conditions.

Global education petition signed by 10 million people

A global petition championed by the Church of Scotland which calls forchildren in troubled parts of the world to be given access to basic educationhas been signed by more than 10 million people.

Minister finds Calais lacks people to sort refugee aid

A Church of Scotland minister hopes to spend a week volunteering at an aid centre in France to help ensure refugees fleeing persecution are properly equipped to deal with the winter months. Rev Jonathan Fleming says enough aid has been delivered but there are too few people to sort and distribute it.

Ethical finance tops agenda at October event

One of the world's top green investment experts is addressing a free conference on developing an ethical approach to money in Edinburgh next week. Tessa Tennant, who is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of sustainable investment, is the keynote speaker at the 'Good Money Week' conference on Saturday 3rd October.

Argyll church project reveals astonishing tale of Gaelic dog

He is the unlikely star of a conversational Gaelic speakingclass - Ginger the English Cocker Spaniel took just three weeks to become doggy bi-lingual.

From left, The Very Rev. Dr. Lorna Hood, Jenny Marra MSP, Lesley Thomson and Michael Russell MSP reflect on the genocide at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Complex.

Church learns lessons from educational visit to Srebrenica

The Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood has led a high-profile Scottish delegation, which included a number of people from the Church, on a visit to Srebrenica. The visit was part of the 'Lessons from Srebrenica' educational programme which aims to promote understanding of how the worst atrocity on European soil since World War Two can be used in Scotland to help create better, safer and stronger communities.

Refugee boat rescue

Worship resources created in response to refugee crisis

Situations such as the current refugee crisis can bring up lots of questions that can make it difficult to pray and teach with sensitivity. As we are faced with issues of suffering and human tragedy, we can often struggle to find God in the midst of it all. The Church has created worship resources to help reflect on the situation affecting those seeking shelter from conflict and unrest.

St Modan's Well

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to visit a recently re-discovered long lost holy well as part of trip to the Presbytery of Argyll.


Generosity of Kirk members help trainee teachers in Malawi

She was a trailblazing Church of Scotland official who spent nearly 30 years supporting missionaries in Africa and beyond and championing the value of education for girls.