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Church of Scotland in London hosts referendum debate

The Church of Scotland’s support for independence debate will cross into England tomorrow when St Columba’s Church in London hosts a discussion involving key figures with interests in Scotland.

Life and Work - April Issue

April’s edition of Life and Work is now out.

Church and Society Council Secretary moves to Edinburgh charity

The Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council is departing to lead charity Edinburgh Cyrenians.

Moderator visits Scots soldiers based in Germany

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been in Germany providing support to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Moderator-Designate withdraws due to ill health

The Church of Scotland today expresses great regret that the Rev Dr Angus Morrison has health issues and, following medical advice, has had to withdraw from the position of Moderator-Designate for the 2014 General Assembly.

Moderator hosts dinner for leading Scottish women

Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has hosted a dinner for leading Scots of the female gender.

Imagining Scotland’s Future report goes on tour

The Church of Scotland’s historic report on the future of the nation is being presented at venues across the country, kicking off in Ayrshire today.

Striking a Chord

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was promoted to the role of ‘handbell number four’ in an open session of the Big Noise Music group this week.

Lent - a season for making changes

The season of Lent is part of the Church Calendar for focusing our worship in a particular way. It lasts for approximately for six weeks and leads up to Easter.

Moderator visits Scottish Parliament; meets with First Minister

The central role of the Church in Scottish history and its role in years to come, were among the topics discussed by Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, when she met First Minister Alex Salmond MSP.

New report confirms success of Chance to Thrive project

Chance to Thrive is a five year long project funded by the Kirk’s General Trustees and Ministries Council. It supports and mentors eight congregations who live in some of the poorest parishes in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Stirling and Dundee. The key aim behind the project is to support more local people to become involved in changing their communities.

Church of Scotland calls for integrity and community to be at the heart of the debate about Scotland’s future

The Church of Scotland has today launched Imagining Scotland’s Future: Our Vision. The report is based on the views of over 900 people who attended 32 community events run by the Kirk as an alternative national debate on the referendum.

Moderator visits scene of genocide

In the midst of the bloody Bosnian war, the UN designated Srebrenica a protected safe haven. Thousands flocked there.

Somehow this "safe" UN base was to become the scene of the largest massacre on European soil since World War Two.

Church challenges Prime Minister’s claims about welfare reform

The Church of Scotland is among a group of churches throughout the UK who have criticised David Cameron for an article he wrote this week challenging the Archbishop of Westminster’s views on welfare reform.

Guild National Convener and Vice Convener appointments

Following the February meeting of the Church of Scotland Guild’s National Executive committee, it was announced that Kay Keith from Dumfries Presbyterial Council would be National Convener for the coming year.

Religion to play a part in annual science festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival 2014 is just around the corner, and for yet another year the Church, faith and religion will be featured in the proceedings.

Moderator and Clerk of the National Youth Assembly 2014

The NYA has appointed Rachel Hutcheson as its next moderator and John Haston as its next clerk. They will take up their positions during the opening session of NYA 2014 in Aug and will serve for a year.

Who is my neighbour? - parish profiles provide answer

A pioneering new way for parishes to understand the makeup of the communities they serve has been created by the Church of Scotland.

Moderator visits Bosnia

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this week embarked on a four day visit of Bosnia to see first-hand the after effects of the Srebrenica genocide.

Moderator welcomes Girl Guides concession on pledging to God

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland welcomed the Girl Guide movement’s decision to allow a reference to God to remain when pledging allegiance to the organisation.