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Belief Matters…Or Not: “Fear Not” – Non-Judgment Day is Coming!

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We all think we are familiar with the Biblical Christmas story – we’ve all been to school nativity plays and heard the familiar, oft-recited tale of Angels and Virgins, Kings and Shepherds. And yet, in truth, it is difficult to make sense of the Christmas story – or, rather more accurately, the confusing and sometimes contradictory birth narratives contained within ...

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St Andrew – a saint who stood up for minorities?

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  Today is St Andrew’s Day, a day in which many us take a great deal of pride – including our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who has today claimed our patron saint was a champion of minorities and the oppressed. But how did St Andrew come to be associated in Scotland, and what lessons can be learned from his life ...

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Belief Matters…or Not? The Christmas Gift: Liberation

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  An imperialist tyrant instructs his staff to ensure everyone travels to particular locations to be counted, thus causing serious problems for many people. One couple, a blue collar worker and his pregnant wife, are forced to travel to a distant town, during which time they are not earning any money. After a long and difficult journey, they find there ...

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Belief matters…or not? What is faith to an atheist?

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  It’s commonly perceived that atheism is a lack of faith. That a person has no deeply held beliefs. Even that spirituality is wholly lacking from the atheist’s life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lack of a, ‘big beard in the sky’, is no impediment to faith, belief or spirituality. For instance there is something that could ...

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Caithness minister backs equality and rejects homophobia

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A Caithness Church of Scotland minister has criticised his presbytery’s decision to oppose the appointment of ministers in same-sex marriages. Rev John Nugent, who is minster of Wick St Fergus Church, said: “I object strongly to the language used by some people at the presbytery meeting.” He added: “Injustice and inequality have become the norm for people in same-sex relationships. ...

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Pope Francis: denying same-sex marriage licences is “human right”

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  The Pope has stated that government officials have a “human right” to refuse to carry out a duty on conscience grounds, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals. Reuters reports that Pope Francis made the comments when he spoke to reporters after returning home from a tour of the USA and Cuba. During his time in the States, His ...

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Same-sex wedding blessed in Dundee Cathedral

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A gay couple have had their same-sex wedding blessed at a ceremony in St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee, the first of its kind to take place in the historic church. Paul Hastie and Steven Gray were married recently in Dundee’s registry office but, being Christians, also wanted their union celebrated in church. The Scottish Episcopal Church agreed to bless their ...

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“Traditionalist” minister suspended over financial allegations

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  A senior “traditionalist” minister has been suspended by his church following the launch of a police investigation into alleged financial irregularities at his church. The Church of Scotland has confirmed that Rev Douglas Cranston, the minister of St Columba’s Church in Kilmacolm, has been suspended with immediate effect and that it has launched its own internal inquiry. In addition ...

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Church moves towards hosting same-sex marriages

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A UK-wide Church has taken a signficant step closer to conducting same-sex marriages after a vote at its General Assembly on Saturday. The United Reformed Church, which has 47 congregations in Scotland, discussed how to respond to recent legislative changes in relation to same-sex marriage. The substantive resolution being debated suggested that “it is not possible for the denomination to ...

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Edinburgh church votes for equality

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An Edinburgh congregation of the Church of Scotland has become the first to implement the new changes to the vacancy process, as confirmed in May’s General Assembly. The Kirk Session of Wardie Parish Church, which describes itself as “a caring community in North Edinburgh” and has been without a minister for two months, voted to allow its Nominating Committee to ...

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