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Rt Rev Colin Sinclair with Lucie Kasanga and his wife Ruth

Kirk Moderator returns home to Zambia

2 March 2020

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has "come home" to Zambia after 43 years.Rt Rev Colin Sinclair lived out of a car in the African nation for three years in ...

Prisoner of War hero minister

Church minister was inspiration behind 'Great Escape'

24 February 2020

A Church of Scotland minister nicknamed "Padre Mac" has been named as the inspiration behind the Great Escape.Rev Professor Murdo Ewen Macdonald's "fiery sermons" motivated the famous breakout of a German Prisoner of war camp ...

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Military chaplaincy described as 'best job in the world'

22 February 2020

The Moderator of the General Assembly has spent the week visiting British Army bases across Scotland. Rt Rev Colin Sinclair met service personnel in Stirling, Glasgow, Leuchars in Fife and Kinloss in Moray to learn

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Make your climate change commitment this Lent

20 February 2020

Living Lent, the cross-denominational Lent initiative from the Joint Public Issues Team, is back for another year. Running throughout the 40 days of Lent, from Wednesday 26 February until Thursday 9 April, Living Lent will ...

Cumbrae Guild cake

Cumbrae Guild celebrates 125 years

19 February 2020

A Guild group based on an island with a resident population of 1,400 has marked its 125th anniversary with a service of thanksgiving.The Guild on Cumbrae, which lies off of the west coast of Scotland ...

Rev Aftab Gohar

'Accept others for who they are' Kirk minister tells MSPs

18 February 2020

A minister who forgave terrorists who killed his mother and other close relatives has urged people to accept one another for who they are.Rev Aftab Gohar said the First and Second World Wars, the Holocaust ...

A group photo at the Army base

Moderator to visit army sites across Scotland

18 February 2020

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is being hosted by the Army as part of a five-day visit to sites across Scotland.Rt Rev Colin Sinclair began the tour by visiting ...

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Guild members visiting Zambia to meet empowered teenage mothers

17 February 2020

Guild members are following in the footsteps of intrepid missionary David Livingstone and travelling to Zambia to visit a project which supports teenage mothers.The group are looking forward to seeing first-hand the "inspirational and empowering" ...

Sanctuary in Scotland conference

Conference will boost work with asylum seekers and refugees

14 February 2020

Leading Christian scholars, activists and practitioners are coming together for a day conference in Edinburgh on 14 March to share ideas and promote common work on migration and support for asylum seekers and refugees.The Sanctuary ...

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Kirk to host Gaelic conference in Glasgow

13 February 2020

The Church of Scotland is to host a conference in March to discuss ways forward for the Gaelic language in the work of the Kirk.The free conference, entitled An Ath Cheum ('The Next Step'), will ...

The cast performing the People's Passion

Seeking disciples of Jesus for the role of a lifetime

11 February 2020

If you would like to take part in a UK-wide Christian event that will bring to life the greatest story ever told, Hamilton-based Drama Kirk would love to hear from you.Drama Kirk will be staging ...

Rev Carl Irvine and Rev Dawn Laing

Swapping classrooms for cassocks: new parish ministers inducted

8 February 2020

Two former primary school teachers have swapped classrooms for cassocks to become the Church of Scotland's newest parish ministers.Rev Dawn Laing was ordained and inducted into Alloa Ludgate Church in Clackmannanshire last week.Rev Carl Irvine, ...

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair in front of a stained glass window

Kirk Moderator embarks on annual Aberdeen visit

7 February 2020

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, will set off on a three-day visit to Aberdeen Presbytery this Friday (7 February).The annual visit to the Granite City, ...

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Congregations at vanguard of climate change advocacy

5 February 2020

Church congregations have an important role in convincing people of the dangers posed by climate change, a leading campaigner said today.Rev Henrik Grape of the World Council of Churches said the issue was the "most ...

Rev Donald Lawrie

Fife congregation create Dove of Peace for Sri Lanka

1 February 2020

A Dove of Peace created by a Fife church has been presented to a Kirk congregation in Sri Lanka. Members of Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church fashioned it out of white ribbons that were hung outside