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Moderator says religious education holds the key to defeating extremism

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is using his newYear Message to promote the importance of religious education in the Scottishschool curriculum.

Moderators unite in message to pray for peace

For this Christmas season the Moderators of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly and the National Youth Assembly have come together to share their thoughts looking back on the year past, as well as highlighting some topics for reflection as we stand on the threshold of a new year.

Church of Scotland minister recalls life-changing Boxing Day tsunami

A Church of Scotland minister has recalled the life-changing moment the Boxing Day tsunami brought death and destruction 10 years ago to the island where he set up home.

Church welcomes US-Cuba thaw

The Moderator of the General Assembly has welcomed a thawing of relations between the US and Cuba.

Moderator's advent message

Watch or read the Moderator's advent message


Order of the special prayer service at St George’s Tron in Glasgow

Please find the order of service from today's special prayer service at St George's Tron in Glasgow following yesterday's tragedy.

Moderator's Christmas message

Read the Moderator's Christmas message.


Vocations Champions get to work

The first Vocations Champions recruited by the Church of Scotland are beginning their work after being inducted into their new roles.

Networking festival makes a connection

Go For It's annual conference was themed as The Festival of Networking and this year it ran in partnership with Faith in Community Scotland's Transformation Team.

Leading scientist says faith and science are compatible

One of Britain's leading scientists Professor Andrew Halestrap, believes science can bring people to the Christian faith, rather than undermining the nature of their beliefs.

Churches urged to embrace science to spread God’s message

Who says science and faith have nothing to say to each other? The Steeple Church in Dundee drew several hundred people to the events it held as part of the city's recent Science Festival.

Blind Deacon gives Time for Reflection in Scottish Parliament

Being blind hasn't held David Nicholson back. In fact, he sees it as something of a blessing.

Kirk helping people with HIV since 2002

Monday, December 1, is World AIDS Day. It is an opportunity for people around the world to unite and remind ourselves HIV and AIDS have not gone away. Every year people across Scotland take part and show their support by wearing red ribbons, holding and attending events, taking action or a moment to reflect.

Kathy Galloway

Speaking out against gender-based violence

To mark International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, Kathy Galloway, head of Christian Aid Scotland, contributes to our 'Speak Out' campaign against violence against women.

Moderator’s annual visit to London

Yesterday the Moderator met with political party leaders in Westminster and also spent time at No 10 Downing Street in conversation with the Prime Minister.

Queen appoints senior judge as Lord High Commissioner to General Assembly

Lord Hope has been appointed as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly in 2015

After the referendum, what is Scotland’s Future Now?

Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer David Bradwell says church people still expect meaningful change following September's referendum.

Rev Neil Galbraith

Emergency chaplains remember Clutha one year on

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the Clutha disaster after a police helicopter crashed through the roof of the Glasgow pub.

Church of Scotland ends collective bargaining agreement with Unite the Union

Staff at the Church of Scotland offices have voted to end the collective bargaining agreement with Unite the Union. The employer will now be giving Unite six months' formal notice of the decision.

Moderator finds much to learn on Hungary visit

The Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev John Chalmers has written this reflection following his recent visit to the Reformed Church in Hungary.