Why there should be no Koran reading at the Coronation

Dec 6, 2014 by

By Christopher Howse, Telegraph: The Koran should be read at the next Coronation, says Lord Harries of Pentregarth, the retired Bishop of Oxford. Or at least, he said in the House of Lords, such a reading had gone down very well in Bristol cathedral before a service last year for the mayor and high sheriff, who were both Muslims. The bishop thought, the next Coronation should reflect similar “hospitality”. This seems to me damagingly misconceived. For a start, look at it from the Muslims’...

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The Church has a unique role to play in healing Scotland’s wounds

Sep 21, 2014 by

By Gillan Scott, Cranmer: Yesterday morning we woke up to the news that nothing has changed – Scotland is still part of the United Kingdom and will remain so. Except of course there is the reality that things will never be the same again. The No vote may have won the day by a healthy margin, but in no way can we all walk away from the last two years of campaigning, whether we live in Scotland or not, and carry on regardless. The promises of the politicians from Westminster of increased powers...

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Welby calls for reconciliation in referendum aftermath

Sep 19, 2014 by

by Tim Wyatt, Church Times: CHURCH leaders have been reacting to the news, announced early this morning, that Scotland has voted to stay in the UK. Fifty-five per cent of Scots voted no in yesterday’s referendum, with a record turnout of 84.5 per cent. The Archbishop of Canterbury said in a statement that Scotland’s decision “will be welcomed by all those who believe that this country can continue to be an example of how different nations can work together for the common good...

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God and independence: How churches on both sides of the border are preparing for the result

Sep 18, 2014 by

From Christian Today: Churches along the border of England and Scotland are hoping the close relations that characterise the region will remain intact after the historic referendum on independence taking place today. Scots have been queueing up since the early hours of the morning to cast their votes at polling stations across Scotland. It follows months of intensive campaigning by Yes Scotland and Better Together. Both campaigns have been been criticised for heated engagement, and for...

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Life After The Referendum

Sep 18, 2014 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: The result of Scotland’s Independence Referendum on Thursday still looks too close to call.  On Friday we will know and, whatever happens, things cannot and should not ever be the same again for Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom.  Whatever the outcome, three major challenges are already obvious. First, whichever way Scotland as a whole votes, there are going to be many people who, following the result, will be disappointed, deeply upset, perhaps angry and...

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Who’s the ‘Us’ David Bowie wants Scotland to stay with?

Feb 22, 2014 by

By Julian Mann, God & Politics in the UK David Bowie’s political intervention in the Scottish independence debate at the Brit pop music awards – ‘Scotland stay with us’ – raises a very important question of national definition. What is the uniting ethos, the common political, moral and social outlook, which he believes ‘Scotland’ shares with ‘us’ in the other two nations and one province of the current United Kingdom?   In an era...

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