The May 2011 edition of the monthly ‘Good News’ bulletin reports on a celebration to marking the anniversary of a twinning between Lothian Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and the Diocese of the Eastern Himalaya of the Church of North India. There is also news of a handbell-ringing seminar taking place at Dunblane Cathedral in June and a look back at an innovative conference held recently by Stirling Presbytery.
You can read the full newsletter at Good News May 2011
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is meeting currently in Edinburgh. The kirk’s Communications Department has developed a number of ways for people to keep in touch with proceedings. You can watch events online via a live webcast or follow a Twitter feed, both accessible from the Church of Scotland’s dedicated General Assembly web pages or read the daily updates produced at the end of each day’s proceedings. We’ll try to post these here, so watch this space!
General Assembly Preview
Report of proceedings – Saturday 21 May 2011
Report of proceedings – Monday 23 May 2011
Report of proceedings – Tuesday 24 May 2011
Report of proceedings – Wednesday 25 May
Report of proceedings – Thursday 26 May 2011
Report of proceedings – Friday 27 May 2011
The May 2011 newsletter from the Mission & Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland lists just short of 40 upcoming events and useful resources. These vary from a lecture by Prof David Fergusson (Principle of New College) exploring the influence of Scottish philosophy and theology on approaches to counselling, psychotherapy and pastoral care to the Church of Scotland National Youth Assembly taking place in Stirling in September. The newsletter provides details of opportunities to become involved in helping churches respond to next year’s Olympic Games, a link to the website of the recent Poverty Truth Commission and a YouTube clip outlining a summary of the recommendations from the kirk’s Panel of Review & Reform. View the newsletter at Mission & Discipleship 56 – May 2011
This month’s newsletter from the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland previews the Council’s report to this year’s General Assembly. This year’s report covers areas from Afghanistan to the West Bank, from mental health to climate change, from Religious Observance in schools to domestic abuse, Gypsies/Travellers, fashion and the worldwide web.
The Poverty Truth Commission has produced a major new report from civic and church groups which calls ‘on people living in poverty to be involved in shaping and delivering anti-poverty policy’ and there is good news to report in that the UK Government has announced that the UK intends to opt-in to the EU Directive on Trafficking. Read the full newsletter at Church and Society News May 2011.
The April 2011 edition of the Good News bulletin from the Church of Scotland contains news that two churches in Fife are to mark the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible by attempting to read the whole Bible (all 66 Books of it!) in seven days. Also news that Crossreach – the social care arm of the Church of Scotland, which is Scotland’s largest voluntary social care organisation – has welcomed a new multi-million-pound Scottish Government fund to help improve the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable children.
These stories, and more, can be read from Good News April 2011