News and press releases

Alex Johnstone

Church elder and MSP dies aged 55

7 December, 2016

A Church of Scotland elder who served as an MSP in the Scottish Parliament for 17 years has died.

Bill Hewitt

Visa refusal decision to be reviewed

7 December, 2016

The Home Office is to review a controversial decision to refuse visas to two Pakistani Christians who want to visit Glasgow.

St Matthew's Parish Church

Iconic church reopens after £875,000 refurbishment

6 December, 2016

An iconic church in Perth has reopened after £875,000 refurbishment.

Dr Alison Elliot OBE

First Woman Moderator to receive one of Scotland’s highest honours for public service

5 December, 2016

Dr Alison Elliot OBE already one of the most decorated people in Scotland, has become just the third person ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Scottish Public Service Awards

Rev Prof Duncan Forrester and wife Margaret

Obituary: Rev Professor Duncan Baillie Forrester (1933–2016)

5 December, 2016

Duncan Forrester, Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology in the University of Edinburgh (1978–2000), died on 29 November, 2016 aged 83.

Britain should be "proud" of Christian heritage

2 December, 2016

People should feel able to speak freely about their Christian faith and Christmas, the Prime Minister has said.

Mary and Joseph arrive at airport

Mary and Joseph find seeking asylum in the UK is not child’s play

2 December, 2016

This Christmas time, a new Nativity video is imagining the welcome Mary and Joseph would receive if they arrived in the UK seeking asylum. As children across the country participate in their own retelling of the Christmas story, the video uses child actors to play the Holy couple negotiating the harsh realities facing those seeking refuge on our shores.

Pakistan Christians

Home Secretary to examine visa refusal case

1 December, 2016

A controversial decision to refuse visas to two Pakistani Christians who want to visit Glasgow is to be examined by the Home Office.

Russell Barr Queen Street

Moderator urges people to join him on wonderful Advent journey

1 December, 2016

People are being encouraged to join the Moderator of the General Assembly on a “wonderful Advent journey”

Scotland's patron saint symbol of welcome and respect

Scotland's patron saint "transcends boundaries" and represents people who are more than "us", a former Moderator of the General Assembly has said.