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Church of Scotland to debate opening ministry to people in same-sex marriages

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    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will debate whether congregations should be allowed to consider calling a person in a same-sex marriage as a minister or deacon when it meets in next year. The discussion will take place in May 2016, after a majority of the Kirk’s 45 Presbyteries voted in favour by approving an Overture ...

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Scotland’s choice on Civil Partnerships: Discrimination or Equality?

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It is ten years since the first civil partnerships in Scotland, but there is still no equality before the law.  Now, after a rather biased consultation process, the Scottish government is about to make a choice for us.  The anniversary provides as with an opportunity to take a look at the role of civil partnerships in Scotland’s future, and ask: ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? The Winter Festival of Yule

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Celebration of the Winter Solstice The Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) was originally around the 15th December but is now celebrated between 20th and 23rd December depending on the year in the Gregorian Calendar. Traditionally the 21st December is the shortest day of the year and the darkest and the beginning of the new solar year. Yule is also ...

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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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Coming Oot: The fabulous history of Gay Scotland

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Narrated by actor Richard Wilson and featuring the voices and faces of those who lived in Scotland when male homosexual behaviour was illegal, last night’s BBC documentary The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland took us on a roller coaster of a journey from the 1950s to the present. In attempting to answer the question of why a nation that seemed ...

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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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A gay Muslim speaks: Why I left radical Islam

Sohail Ahmed

  Sohail’s story is a contribution to the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s on-going LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign, where it gives a platform and voice to LGBT Muslims and ex-Muslims. I was born into a devout Muslim family in East London. My mother wears the niqab and my father keeps a long beard. Both my parents are fundamentalist Salafi-Wahhabi Muslims. I was brought up ...

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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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Catholic Church “must apologise and support” abuse survivors – but is it enough?

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  The Catholic Church in Scotland has been advised that it must make an “unmistakeable and unequivocal” apology to survivors of abuse. The recommendation was made by an independent review, commissioned to respond to a number of abuse claims in the aftermath of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation – including those surrounding a Catholic boarding school in Fort Augustus. O’Brien had ...

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