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New Year Message from the Moderator

At New Year I am always conscious of the gap between what I wish for and the reality of what is and what may be possible.

Remembering Lockerbie 25-years on

Twenty-five years ago on December 21, 1988, all 259 people on-board Pan Am Flight 103 were killed when the Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie. Eleven people on the ground were also killed, bringing the total number of fatalities to 270 people.

Where is the justice in food-bank Scotland?

The head of one of the most influential councils in the Church of Scotland said that what she wants for Christmas is justice for people reliant on food-banks.

Church of Scotland Minister Creates Irn-Bru advent calendar

It looks like a neon sign in New York’s Times Square.

But it’s actually a Glasgow church’s advent calendar - with words written in Irn-Bru.

Moderator’s Christmas Message

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood has issued her 2013 Christmas message.

Church of Scotland urges UK Government to meet carbon emission targets

The Church of Scotland has joined more than 100 businesses faith groups, investors and non-governmental organisations today, Wednesday December 11, calling on the Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change and stick to its current emission reduction objectives under the Fourth Carbon Budget.

Moderator offers support to baby ashes investigation

The Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, met Dame Elish Angiolini QC, in Edinburgh today.  Dame Elish is leading an inquiry into the baby ashes scandal at Mortonhall Crematorium on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Former Moderator Amid Violence in South Africa

The Very Rev Alan McDonald former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has given a vivid description of how he was an official peace monitor during the first South African elections.

Minister releases new worship resource book

Minister releases new worship resource book

Life and Work – January 2014 issue

As we prepare for Christmas, for many the season of excess, the January edition of Life and Work asks us to spare a thought for those less fortunate with a powerful and poignant feature on the role of food banks.

Religious duo to star in “A Bridge too Far?”

A Church of Scotland minister and a Roman Catholic priest have officially debuted their third ‘Shoes Brothers’ short film.

Death of Nelson Mandela

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who died today.

Scotland's religious leaders meet to share their hopes for the Christian community

Three of Scotland’s leading religious figures met Wednesday December 4 to share their hopes for the Christian community and explore ways of working together in the future.

Aberdeenshire minister seeks to win the ‘Nativity Factor’

Reverend Paul McKeown of Belhelvie Parish Church in Balmedie has entered a national film competition to tell the Christmas story in a different way.

Church leaders meet with Muslim Council of Scotland

Today the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, met with the Muslim Council of Scotland (MCS).

Chaplains at front line of Glasgow tragedy

The people of Glasgow are grieving and the world shares that with them. The helicopter tragedy has over the last 48 hours made the city a focus.

The role of spirituality in Scottish independence debate

A new book and a debate are set to focus on the role that spirituality might play in the issue of Scottish Independence.

Place for Hope - Report on Community Dialogue

Over 60 people recently attended the launch of a new report entitled “Responding to Sectarianism”. Place for Hope, funded in part by the Scottish Government, worked between September 2012 and March 2013 on a series of Community Dialogues in rural Scotland and with a group of national stakeholders.

Church of Scotland supports World AIDS Day

The Church of Scotland is encouraging worshippers to support World AIDS Day this Sunday and join the fight against one of the world’s most deadly diseases.

Church Moderator meets Archbishop of Canterbury

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, met with the Archbishop of Canterbury this morning on the fourth day of her London visit.