Friday , 27 May 2022

Faith

Pope Francis: mixed messages to LGBTI Catholics

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Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (or “Joy of Love”), published today, does not change any Catholic dogma, and has sent mixed messages to LGBTI people, on the one hand speaking firmly against equal marriage and on the other a call for tolerance and acceptance. In the Joy of Love, the rules of the Church in relation to the family, marriage, divorce, ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? Why the gender binary idol is unworthy of worship

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  One of the main positives to emerge from the Scottish parliamentary election campaign so far has been a broad consensus from the main parties on issues of LGBT+ equality. This was highlighted last week at an LGBTI hustings in Edinburgh, hosted by Stonewall Scotland, the Equality Network and the Scottish Transgender Alliance. In some respects this was inevitable and ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? Paul O’Grady, The Sally Army and the BBC

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Paul O’Grady’s new BBC TV series “The Sally Army and Me” is certainly good popular light entertainment and Paul is his usual camp self, often funny and seemingly able to get the best out of those he meets. At the same time as we laugh at his antics – for example, getting the drum beat wrong when playing with the ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? Holy Week: From Death To Reconciliation

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Christians call the week beginning with Palm or Passion Sunday Holy Week. On the face of it, there is little that is “holy” about it. Take any of the four gospel accounts of the passion and death of Christ, and we are faced with an unremitting account of betrayal, arrest, imprisonment, torture, political and religious intrigue, violence, mass hysteria, cowardice ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? Is the Catholic Church entering a new era of openness?

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  It wasn’t that long ago the then leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, described homosexuality as “demonstrably harmful” and the then Pope, Benedict XVI, described it as “objectively disordered”. For those of us who are Catholics, those were dark days when we were being condemned and vilified, while clerical abuse of children was being swept ...

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Belief Matters…Or not? Faith in a Secular Society

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Earlier this week, the Daily Mail suggested the Queen did not approve of same sex marriage. Regardless of the accuracy of the report (and the Daily Mail is not always the most reliable of sources) it does raise the question of the role of faith in what is now a predominantly secular society. Secularists sometimes suggest that faith should be ...

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Belief Matters….or Not? International Women’s Day of Prayer

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From Friday 4th March to Sunday 6th March International Women’s Day (IWD) will be observed all over the world by women of all Faiths and none. It originally began life as “Women’s Day of Prayer“, a day upon which Christian women all over the world gathered in various churches to pray together for the peace of the world – an ...

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Belief Matters …. or Not? Surat-Shaan, Trans and Jewish!

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Photo credit: AJAMU @Through a Queer Lens   This week, Liberal Judaism (LJ), highlighted one if its own amazing members, Surat-Shaan Knan who is Trans and Jewish, for having been chosen by Stonewall as their LGBT rôle model for LGBT History Month 2016. This year’s theme is “Religion, Belief & Philosophy” which will show how many LGBTQ people are also ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? Reflections on Lent

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  Lent has its roots in the account of Christ spending 40 days in the desert fasting, praying and resisting the devil’s temptations (Luke 4:1-13). He also appeared before his disciples for 40 days after his crucifixion before being raised to heaven (Acts 1:1-10). In 325 AD the Council of Nicea decided how the date of Easter should be worked ...

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Church leader welcomes new funding to tackle loneliness

The Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison (Photo: The Church of Scotland /  John Young / © YoungMedia 2013 - www.YoungMedia.co.uk)

The Reverend Dr Angus Morrison, Minister of Orwell and Portmoak Church in the Presbytery of Perth, has become Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Dr Morrison will take up the office of Moderator in May 2014 at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. 

For further information please contact:
Nick Jury
Senior Media Relations Officer
Communications Department
The Church of Scotland
121 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4YN
 
Tel: 0131 240 2268
Mobile:  07881 971 953
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The Reverend Dr Angus Morrison, Minister of Orwell and Portmoak Church in the Presbytery of Perth, has become Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Dr Morrison will take up the office of Moderator in May 2014 at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. 

For further information please contact:
Nick Jury
Senior Media Relations Officer
Communications Department
The Church of Scotland
121 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4YN
 
Tel: 0131 240 2268
Mobile:  07881 971 953

The Moderator of Church of Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling the growing problem of loneliness through its new Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund. A fund has been set up to tackle loneliness and isolation, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil announced the establishment of the fund this week, which aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation. Speaking ...

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