Global audience for first of candid lectures on Church

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(Left to right) Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, Rev Dr Doug Gay and Moderator of the General Assembly Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr.

Rev Dr Doug Gay’s first in a series of lectures at St Giles’ Cathedral on the state of Scotland’s national church was watched by a global online audience.

The theologian’s analysis of how the Kirk has evolved since the 1560s attracted a full house within the ancient cathedral as well as hundreds of viewers from as far afield as Australia and Canada.

Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, chairman of the Chalmers Lectureship Trust, said: "Last night Dr Doug Gay laid the foundation upon which he will build in the next two weeks.

"He identified some of the traditions of our Presbyterian culture of which we should be proud but he also pointed to areas of weakness which are in need of review and reform. Tune in or join us at St Giles for the next two instalments - these could be foundational to the reshaping of our ministry and mission in the next decade."

Next week’s lecture, on February 8, is at 6.30pm, is free to attend and can be streamed live from the Church of Scotland’s website home page.

It will explore the relationship between the Church’s understanding of its own calling and its response.

Download a full transcript of Dr Gay’s first lecture.

Catch-up on last night’s lecture here.