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 &...

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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Chaplain at school axed after calling homosexuality a ‘disorder’

Jan 6, 2014 by

From STV News A Church of Scotland minister has been removed from his role as the chaplain of a Glasgow school after he described homosexuality as a "disorder". Rev Donald Michael MacInnes made the comments on a Facebook page read by parents of pupils at Glasgow Gaelic School. On Monday a spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council confirmed the Church of Scotland minister had been removed from his pastoral position at the school. In the post, the Church of Scotland minister refers to...

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Chaplain at school axed after calling homosexuality a 'disorder'

Jan 6, 2014 by

From STV News A Church of Scotland minister has been removed from his role as the chaplain of a Glasgow school after he described homosexuality as a "disorder". Rev Donald Michael MacInnes made the comments on a Facebook page read by parents of pupils at Glasgow Gaelic School. On Monday a spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council confirmed the Church of Scotland minister had been removed from his pastoral position at the school. In the post, the Church of Scotland minister refers to...

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