‘PM’s faith remarks ‘foster division’ atheists claim’ – The Christian Institute

The Christian InstituteThe Prime Minister is fostering “alienation and division” by saying Britain is a Christian country, a group of scientists, philosophers, politicians and writers including Philip Pullman, has claimed.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph yesterday, 55 public figures criticised David Cameron’s assertion that the UK is Christian, and said they objected to “the negative consequences for politics and society that this engenders”.

Cameron explained he is “proud of the fact that we are a Christian country” during a Downing Street Easter reception earlier this month, and in an article for the Church Times he highlighted “the role that faith can play in helping people to have a moral code”.

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‘No quick change for Kirk on gay marriage’ – The Press and Journal

Same-sex couples face a lengthy wait before they can get married in Scotland’s national church.

marriage_2074156bIt emerged yesterday that the Church of Scotland will have to change its rules before ministers and deacons can be permitted to conduct weddings. The process is likely to take many years to complete because all presbyteries must be consulted and discussion of the issue will not start until next May at the earliest.

Moderator-designate of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly John Chalmers said there were no current plans to change the Kirk’s Recognition of Marriage Services Act.

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‘Half of Hebridean church quits over gay ministers’ – The Scotsman

AROUND half of the congregation of Stornoway’s High Church are set to quit the Church of Scotland over plans to allow gay ministers.

church-of-scotland-emblemThe entire kirk session of the church, comprised of church elders and leaders, have resigned their posts. Around 200 regular members of the congregation are expected to follow suit and form their own congregation.

The new church, named the Stornoway High Fellowship, will meet in a hired hall until further notice.

Christopher Martin, the former clerk of the Stornoway High Church session who is now acting as spokesman for the new congregation, said: “Everyone is very sad at having to leave. But they feel there is no option but to leave friends and the building in which they worship in for many years.

“This has been going on for so long and the Church of Scotland was not making any inroads feel there is no option.”

The members of the Stornoway High Fellowship have quit over the Church of Scotland’s decision to allow openly homosexual clergy to preach.

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Solas CPC moves to new Dundee offices

A leading Christian think tank recently moved into new premises on the western edge of Dundee.

SOLASSome Solas Centre for Public Christianity staff had previously been based at St Peter’s Free Church, but they have relocated into Dundee Technology Park.

The building was formerly an Aviva/Norwich Union call centre and has now been let to a number of charities.

Solas’ new neighbours include Dundee Heritage Trust, Positive Steps, St Andrews First Aid Training, Mission International and Recycle Scotland.

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‘Evangelical churches join indy debate’ – The Herald

THE independence debate is heading for the pews with the UK’s largest evangelical Christian organisation launching a series of hustings in churches across Scotland.

evangelical allianceThe Evangelical Alliance says the independence debate is too narrowly focused on “bland economic debate” over matters such as EU membership, the pound and pensions.

The organisation represents 200,000 Christians in Scotland. Members come from churches including the Baptists and the Salvation Army.

It will publish a manifesto this week arguing there should be more focus on aspirations for Scotland’s future. Its recommendations include a “ruthless commitment to eradicating poverty in all its forms” and restoring dignity to those reliant on the welfare state.

Hustings in seven cities in June will bring together politicians and the public to debate the issues.

Fred Drummond, director of Evangelical Alliance Scotland, said it it vital to discuss “what kind of future we want for our children and grandchildren”.

He added: “The economic issues are important but they are not the whole story; there are many other important matters, such as poverty, on which people are hurting which need to be addressed.

“It cannot be right that the poorest 20% of the population contribute a larger percentage of their wealth in tax than those in the top 20%. It cannot be right that those in work find themselves having to rely on state handouts and food banks.”

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