Bishop Stephen Robson

Little Sisters of the Poor care home in Dundee saved by church

A Dundee care home which faced closure due to a shortage of nuns to run it has been saved. The Little Sisters of the Poor announced last year that they were unable continue their mission at the Wellburn Care Home after 152 years. However, the Little Sisters have verbally accepted an offer from the Diocese […]

Gordon Macdonald

Northern Ireland ban on buying sex ‘may drive trafficking to Scotland’

A ban on paying for sex in Northern Ireland could drive parts of the trade to Scotland, MSPs have been told. Northern Ireland recently became the first part of the UK to make buying sex a criminal offence after a Bill was brought forward by Democratic Unionist Party peer Lord Morrow. Campaigners are calling for […]

Kenny MacAskill

Video: Call for adultery to cover same-sex marriages fails at Scottish Parliament

A petition urging ministers to change the definition of adultery following the introduction of same sex marriages was presented to MSPs at Holyrood ­yesterday. A campaigner, Akri Jones, presented a petition to parliament that attempted to make the divorce process the same for married couples, regardless of whether they are homosexual or heterosexual. As the […]

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Evangelical Alliance targets Baptists: ‘We’re better together’

The Evangelical Alliance is courting Baptist churches in a membership drive “as a demonstration of the decades-long history” between the two organisations. Baptists, with around 690 churches, currently make up the biggest grouping within the Alliance. The Alliance says: “Around 80 of the delegates at our inaugural congress in 1845 were Baptists. Slightly later on […]

Ruth Gledhill

Marks & Spencer backs down on ban of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Christ’

Marks & Spencer have dropped their ban on words such as “Christ” and “Jesus” when customers order flowers online, writes Ruth Gledhill. The retailer provoked criticism when it emerged that people making online orders could use words such as “jihad”, Buddha and Allah in accompanying messages, but “Christ” and “Jesus” were blocked. Marks & Spencer […]

Sarah Mbuyi

Council of Europe: Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across continent

Discrimination against Christians is being “ignored” by governments and courts, MPs from across Europe have warned in the wake of a string of cases involving the rights of British workers to wear crosses or discuss their beliefs. The parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe has issued a formal declaration urging states to recognise the […]

Gary Otton

What’s the real danger to Scotland’s children – ‘radical evangelists’ or militant secularists?

To the Editor of the Sunday Herald, from 
David Robertson, Solas Centre for Public Christianity, Dundee. Dear Editor, It seems that hardly a week goes by without yet another attack on the Christian church in the Sunday Herald instigated by the Scottish Secular Society. But last Sunday’s was a new low. I assume you are […]

Gordon Macdonald

Video: Petition against assisted suicide passes 10,000

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition against assisted suicide in Scotland, as the Holyrood parliament considers a Bill which would introduce the practice. The petition is organised by Care Not Killing (CNK), an umbrella organisation of individuals and groups that opposes assisted suicide and supports better end-of-life care. Dr Gordon Macdonald, from CNK, […]

Humanist wedding march could see church services overtaken

Humanist wedding march could see church services overtaken

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) expects to overtake the Church of Scotland this year with the number of marriages it conducts. Formally established in Scotland in 1979, in 2005 they were granted authorisation by the Registrar General for Scotland to conduct legal marriages. “What started initially as a handful of volunteers has, a decade later, […]

Iain Duncan Smith

Churches call government welfare sanctions ‘inhumane and un-Christian’

A group of churches has called for an urgent overhaul of the government’s benefits sanctions regime, describing it as punitive, inhumane and un-Christian. The churches say the sanctions regime deliberately causes harm to claimants, and suggest that it is aimed more at cutting welfare payments rather than helping people back into work. More than 1 […]

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