Churches of Scotland and England reach first formal pact

Dec 24, 2015 by

BBC News: An “historic” agreement has been reached between The Church of England and The Church of Scotland – marking their first formal working arrangement. A document – the Columba Declaration – will be debated by the ruling bodies of both churches next year. It commits the churches to “grow together in communion and to strengthen their partnership in mission”. Founded in two different branches of Protestantism, England’s church is Anglican and...

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Theological gulf in Scotland deepens between evangelicals and liberals

Oct 10, 2015 by

by Andy Walton, Christian Today: The large gulf in theology between Scottish Presbyterians is becoming ever clearer. The issues are coming to a head after a debate between Rev David Robertson, the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, and Rev Scott McKenna, a Church of Scotland Minister. Robertson who’s an outspoken advocate of reformed evangelicalism, and McKenna whose church website describes his theology as “rational, progressive” epitomise the split which, while it...

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Kirk votes to permit ministers to enter civil partnerships

May 17, 2015 by

 Frank Cranmer , Law and Religion UK. The BBC reported, and the Kirk subsequently confirmed, that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain or induct ministers who are in same-sex civil partnerships: commissioners voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The issue has been the subject of several debates, both within the General Assembly and in the wider Church; and at the Assembly in 2014 the issue was sent down to the 45 presbyteries under the terms...

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Humanist weddings set to overtake Church of Scotland weddings this year

Apr 23, 2015 by

by Mark Woods, Christian Today: Humanist marriages in Scotland are set to outstrip Church of Scotland weddings this year for the first time, reports The Times. According to the Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS), its celebrants will conduct more than 4,200 wedding ceremonies this year. Church of Scotland wedding have more than halved since 2003. In 2013, Church of Scotland ministers presided over 4,616 weddings, a fall of around 900 from the previous year. A similar fall this year will see it...

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Funds lost as wealthy churches quit in new gay protest

Apr 16, 2014 by

By Brian Donnelly, Herald Scotland TWO of the wealthiest Church of ­Scotland congregations are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination. The move is a new cash blow with the two congregations contributing £315,000 between them to the Church. One of the congregations has already left, with the second negotiating terms. The departure of St Catherine's Argyle, in the leafy Grange district of Edinburgh, and New Restalrig in Willowbrae,...

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Church of Scotland minister loses role as chaplain of Glasgow school after calling homosexuality a 'disorder'

Jan 7, 2014 by

By Auslan Cramb, Telegraph A Church of Scotland minister has been removed from his post as chaplain of a Gaelic school after describing homosexuality as a "perversion" and a “disorder”. The Rev Donald MacInnes made the comments on a Facebook page seen by some parents of pupils at the Glasgow Gaelic School.   They complained to the city council over the remarks, with one describing them as “absolutely disgraceful”.   Mr MacInnes made the comments...

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