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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Legal questions convener the Rev Alan Hamilton asked to switch off his phone after it started interfering with the audio system in the General Assembly hall.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

The Kirk will not be prevented from changing its position in the future if changed to a “mixed economy”. That policy is “not the last word” on the issue.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Kirk sessions would be given responsibility for deciding whether a person in a same-sex relationship should be appointed to a church

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Gay clergy

May 21, 2014

The Rev Hamilton said the Kirk could be successfully sued for not hiring a gay minister but the risk was low and it should not be deterred from making a decision on the grounds of theology.

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Gay clergy

May 21, 2014

Kirk legal questions committee convener the Rev Alan Hamilton said it did not think congregations take decisions to leave “lightly or casually” and for some it was their “worst nightmare”.

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May 21, 2014

The Kirk’s legal questions committee has acknowledged that while its gay clergy proposal is balanced it contained “painful and distressing” concessions for people on both sides of debate.

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May 21, 2014

Highland Theological College principal the Rev Hector Morrison has predicted more people will leave the Kirk over the gay clergy row but said it could not afford any more losses and called for unity.

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May 21, 2014

Church of Scotland ministeries council convener Neil Dougall has insisted the reasons behind parish vacancies were complex and should not be blamed solely on gay clergy row.

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May 21, 2014

Scottish health boards invited to enter cooking competition to drive up the standard of hospital food.

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Islands minister killed in Edinburgh

May 20, 2014

Police have confirmed that the Rev Tom Sinclair died at the scene after being hit by a car in Edinburgh last night. They are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call police on 101.

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Highland Minister asked to return

May 19, 2014

A Highland-born minister who was forced to stand down as moderator of the Kirk's General Assembly because of ill health is to be asked to take on the role next year.

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May 19, 2014

Ministers in the Highlands who refuse to treat women like equals should leave the Church of Scotland, a senior clergyman has said.

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May 19, 2014

Kirk Ministeries Council says the “unpalatable reality is the Church will be short of 200 ministers by 2024 which means more than one quarter of all charges will be unable to find one.

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May 19, 2014

Former Kirk Moderator the Very Rev Lorna Hood tells the Queen members sincerely appreciate her prayers for the social good and much work was needed to reconcile people after the referendum vote.

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Hundreds quit Kirk over gay-clergy row

May 19, 2014

Hundreds of former members of the biggest Kirk congregation in the Western Isles defected to the Free Church of Scotland yesterday as the issue of gay clergy looked set to dominate another General Assembly.

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May 18, 2014

More than 5,000 people attended the Church of Scotland’s annual Heart and Soul festival in Edinburgh yesterday which featured a walkabout by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie.

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May 18, 2014

The Church of Scotland must draw inspiration from Pope Francis to try and arrest falling membership numbers and make it more relevant to society, it has been suggested.

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