Kirk sessions would be given responsibility for deciding whether a person in a same-sex relationship should be appointed to a church
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Scottish health boards invited to enter cooking competition to drive up the standard of hospital food.
A senior member of a Western Isles kirk congregation has claimed women have never expressed any interest in becoming elders.
A Church of Scotland elder said he was "extremely embarrassed" by the behaviour of some members of the Presbytery of Lochcarron and Skye.
The Church of Scotland has decided to embark on a "decade for ministry" programme to tackle a recruitment crisis.
A Scottish Government minister is addressing the Free Church of Scotland General Assembly today.
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.
A prominent island minister died last night after being hit by a car as he left the General Assembly in Edinburgh.
Ministers in the Highlands who refuse to treat women like equals should leave the Church of Scotland, a senior clergyman said on Monday.
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.
CLAN Cancer Support will hold its second Landmark Walk in September after raising more than £40,000 at last year's event.
Ministers in the Highlands who refuse to treat women like equals should leave the Church of Scotland, a senior clergyman has said.
The Church of Scotland has been urged to draw inspiration from Pope Francis to try to arrest falling membership and make it more relevant to society.
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.
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.
A splinter in the membership of Stornoway High Church on Lewis has split family and friends, an elder has admitted.
A Highland pilot who has manned test flights for the world's first tourist spaceship has described the moment he first travelled to an altitude of 71,000 feet.
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.
More than 5,000 people attended the Church of Scotland's annual Heart and Soul festival yesterday.
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.
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.
Campaigners have voiced disappointment that the Scottish Government has no plans to create any more national parks.
The Church of Scotland's annual General Assembly meeting gets under way in Edinburgh today.
Church of Scotland members are under fresh pressure to reject proposals that would allow congregations the freedom to appoint ministers in same-sex relationships.
Church of Scotland members are under fresh pressure to reject proposals to allow congregations the freedom to appoint ministers in same-sex relationships.