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A Place at the Table praised in Scottish Parliament

The support shown for the victims of the conflict in Syria by the Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland has been praised at the Scottish Parliament.

Priority Areas receives prestigious award

The Priority Areas Committee of the Church of has won the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Award 2013 for their role in transnational inspiration and learning in the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

Church backs Kinship Carers National Day of Action

The Church has given its support to the National Day of Action for Kinship Care, which will seek to encourage further political support for vulnerable children are living with non-parental family and friends.

Leading Scottish Minister retires

The Very Reverend Gilleasbuig MacMillan, Minister of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, will step down on 30 September after four decades in the pulpit.

Fracking, solar, wind or nuclear...which way now for the great Scottish energy debate?

Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival 2013 George Monbiot argued that we need nuclear power to help us respond to climate change.

Religious Observance in schools: why opt-out is the inclusive model

There has been much talk recently of the role of Religious Observance in Schools and the contribution that the Church makes to this. Perhaps the saddest thing has been the entirely false portrayal of the Church as using its position to proselytising rather the true position of being in service to others.

Events in Kenya and Pakistan

Following the attack on Westgate Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and the subsequent siege, the Church of Scotland World Mission Council has sent a message of support to our partner church, The Presbyterian Church of East Africa and to our partner organisation, PROCMURA (Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa.

Churches invited to support World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The Church of Scotland is urging congregations and individuals to pray for peace in the Middle East in the coming week.

Life and Work magazine

October Life and Work out now

Features on the Scottish independence debate, ethics in finance and World Sight Day are just some of the topics that can be found in the October edition of Life and Work magazine.

Marriage: business as usual for the Church

The Church has said there are no plans for it to stop conducting marriages. Its 2013 General Assembly instructed a number of Church committees to work together to explore whether the Church should continue to celebrate marriages in the way that it does now. This work has just begun and will be presented to the 2015 Assembly.

Pray for Syria

Dr Mary Mikhael from our partner church, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) spoke of the plight of the Syrian people and urged the world to help Syria have peace.

Spioradalachd nam Bard 2013 lecture series begins

Dr Roderick G MacLean will be delivering the inaugural lecture in the Spioradalachd nam Bard 2013 Series.

500 years since the Battle of Flodden

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, the largest battle ever fought between England and Scotland, and one which proved to be the greatest defeat for the kingdom of Scotland.

New Dean of the Chapel Royal and Queen’s Chaplain inducted

A military hero, badly injured in Afghanistan proudly accompanied his father to the morning service at St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh where he was one of two Church of Scotland ministers inducted into prestigious new royal roles.

Moderator highlights difficulties women face in the Church

The Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland has indicated some women members face difficulties in playing a full role in the life of the Church.

Malawi links to be highlighted at Guild Annual Meeting

The Church of Scotland Guild will use its 2013 Annual Meeting in Dundee to hear the inspirational story of the 500 Miles charity which is doing vital work for amputees in Malawi – a country the Church has strong links to.

Moderator offers hands-on support for victims of Syrian crisis

The Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, Right Reverend Lorna Hood has shown her support for the victims of the conflict in Syria by donning an apron and hosting a special meal at her official residence.

Church calls on shoppers and retailers to keep on buying Bangladeshi goods

A former Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland is to help launch a major national campaign calling for better rights for garment workers in Bangladesh.

Moderator blows the trumpet for a monstrous regiment of women

What would John Knox think if he knew women hold a number of prominent positions within in the Church of Scotland? “Not very impressed,” is the view of the Moderator of the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood.

The Church on Religious Observance in schools

The Church has written to a Scottish Parliament Committee to question calls for religious observance in non-denominational schools to be made opt-in.