Wednesday , 22 May 2019

Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

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

easter

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?

Pope Francis

  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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Biblical literalism: a conservative heresy?

Bible

Supporters of fundamentalism and literalism argue that the authors of the Bible were directly inspired by the Holy Spirit, that every word is the direct word of God and that, as such, every word must be true. Adherents of literalism argue that the Bible provides an exact factual history of the world from its creation onwards. According to this logic, ...

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Christmas Brings us Hope for Peace

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
Free first use picture issued on behalf of The Church of Scotland. Please credit: Picture by 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

In our weekly “Belief matters” column we have taken a look at various faith issues, often within the context of how they affect LGBTI communities – or from the perspective of LGBTI people of faith. Today, being Christmas Day, we are publishing a message from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison. While his ...

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A Christmas Message for the LGBTI Communities

cathedral illuminated higher res

  The first Christmas after I was ordained nearly 20 years ago, I happened to come down sick before Christmas. My senior colleague had to take all the services instead of us sharing them and all I could do was drag myself to midnight mass and sit at the back of the church amongst the congregation. The lights were low, ...

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

Magi

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?

Scottish Flag

  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

fishermen

  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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One leap of faith after another

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During Christmas we recall the familiar story of Joseph and a very-pregnant Mary returning to his hometown of Bethlehem, where Mary gives birth to Jesus and ‘laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the upper guest room,’ according to Luke 2:7. The Greek word kataluma, meaning ‘upper room’ or ‘guest room,’ is correctly translated ...

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