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May 23, 2014

A Shetland pony has been awarded his Veteran’s Badge after almost two decades military service.

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General Assembly

May 23, 2014

Kirk moderator the Rev John Chalmers says rise of social media has made people lonelier and more narcissistic – two conditions that were having an effect on mental and physical wellbeing.

Scotland

General Assembly

May 22, 2014

Kirk minister the Rev Bryan Kerr of Greyfriars Church, Lanark has claimed using National Insurance to pay for burials would eradicate funeral poverty.

Scotland

May 21, 2014

The General Assembly voted 369 to 189 to refer a proposal seeking to allow congregations to appoint gay ministers if they wished to Kirk’s presbyteries for further consideration.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

The Rev Alan Hamilton appeals to commissioners to back the mixed economy proposal. “It offers new ways for new challenges in new times”.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

“The risk is stepping outside the revealed will of God” The Rev Jeremy Middleton on why people should reject plans to give Kirk congregations to appoint gay ministers if they want.

Scotland

May 21, 2014

Kirk General Assembly youth representative John Kennedy claims the mixed economy proposal had put young people off from training to be ministers because they felt they were not welcome.

Scotland

Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Allowing congregations to appoint gay ministers is “unbiblical” The Rev Jeremy Middleton said the mixed economy plan was “risky, ragged, illogical and surely wrong”.

Scotland

Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Edinburgh minister the Rev Jeremy Middleton – who wants the Kirk’s traditional position on marriage upheld – claims the mixed economy plan was “fraught with risk” and not legally watertight,

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Kirk sessions will vote by secret ballot to appoint a minister in a civil partnership, under proposals drawn up the Church of Scotland.

Scotland

May 21, 2014

The Rev Alan Hamilton said he was worried Rev Middleton’s proposal would lead to decisions not being taken quickly and there would be “seesawing back and forth”.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Sexuality is not the most important factor when appointing a minister and should not be put front and centre of the vacancy procedure – the Rev Paul Middleton, who said it was demeaning.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Kirk sessions and congregations should be allowed to take as much time as they want when it comes to deciding to appointing a gay minister – Chester-based minister the Rev Paul Middleton.

Scotland

May 21, 2014

The Rev Alan Hamilton assures the General Assembly the mixed economy concept on concerns the appointment of gay ministers, not marriage.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

The Rev Cameron MacKenzie raised fears that the mixed economy concept could be further changed to allow the marriage of multiple people – citing a case involving three women in Brazil.

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Gay clergy debate

May 21, 2014

Glasgow minister the Rev Cameron MacKenzie said he was worried he could go to jail or lose his job if he opposed the appointment of a gay minister.

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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.

Scotland

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

Scotland

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”.

Scotland

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.

Scotland

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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