Rev Louise Duncan

Popular Kirk minister Rev Louise Duncan dies of cancer two days after last service

A much-loved minister lost her fight against cancer just two days after attending her final church service. Hundreds of people are expected to pack out Balerno Parish Church today to pay their respects to Rev Louise Duncan, who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Chondrosarcoma in August. Despite the disease […]

Rev Scott Burton

‘Time for someone to say it': Tayside minister warns lack of interest is killing the church

An outspoken and wide-ranging attack has been made on members who fail to attend for worship or offer financial support to their churches. The Rev Scott Burton, minister at St Matthew’s Kirk in Perth, said: “I have no reason to believe anything other than the fact that it’s only going to get worse in the next decade. […]

'Blame it on the Buckie' t-shirt

Buckfast: a drink with almost supernatural powers of destruction

Mixing alcohol with caffeine has thrown up some illustrious drinks over the years: the Cuba Libre, the caffe corretto and the vodka Red Bull, writes Henry Jeffreys. No combination of alcohol and caffeine, however, has proved as notorious as buckfast, a drink that is credited with almost supernatural powers of destruction. Buckfast Tonic Wine is […]

St Matthew's, Perth, at night

‘Iconic’ Perth church gets £100,000 cash boost

A historic Perth church, which has been described as “iconic,” has received a funding pledge from the council of £100,000 over two financial years. Members of Perth and Kinross Council’s Perth Common Good Fund committee passed an amendment this week, when they agreed to award £50,000 to St Matthew’s Church of Scotland by the end […]

Bishop John Keenan

Bishop of Paisley denounces rise of anti-Semitism

The Bishop of Paisley has endorsed an all-party statement on anti-Semitism released earlier this week by the Jewish community in Scotland expressing sadness and concern about recent terrorist murders in Paris and Copenhagen. Citing the Second Vatican Council document Nostra Aetate, which asserted a “common patrimony” with Judaism and decried hatred, persecution and displays of […]

Most Rev John Chalmers presents the 'Kelty' picture to the Pope

Kelty man framed the Pope!

A Kelty picture framer is “delighted” to have been chosen to make a frame for Pope Francis. Peter Dodds, owner of The Art Centre, was approached recently by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Dunfermline’s Right Reverend John Chalmers, to make a frame for a very special item being taken […]

'The Writing on the Wall'

Book explains Bible’s impact on everyday language

Everyone knows that pride comes [sic] before a fall, and that you’ll be at your wits’ end if you see that there is no rest for the wicked  but few people realise that these phrases first appear in the King James Bible. Now Durham publisher Sacristy Press has put that right with The Writing on […]

Scottish political and church leaders join together in condemning antisemitism

Scottish political and church leaders join together in condemning antisemitism

Scottish political leaders have rallied together to support the Jewish community after the rise in UK antisemitism and attacks against Jews in Europe. In a joint statement, representatives of Scottish Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Labour, Green and the SNP parties said: “As political leaders in Scotland, we join together to express sadness and concern about the […]

Carved head stolen from Dryburgh Abbey

Stone carved head stolen from Dryburgh Abbey

Police are investigating after a stone carved head was stolen from a church in the Scottish Borders. The unique carving originally decorated part of a stone arch inside Dryburgh Abbey in Newtown St Boswells, near Melrose. The sculpture is of a female wearing a headdress with a crimped collar that runs under her chin. The […]

Revd Murdoch MacKenzie

Obituary: Revd Murdoch MacKenzie

Minister and missionary. Born: February 23, 1938; Died: February 3, 2015. Murdoch MacKenzie, who has died in Edinburgh from leukaemia aged 76, was a minister who was at home in many different cultures, writes Rev Dr Peter Millar. An ordained minister in the United Reformed Church, his was a prophetic and wise voice within the […]

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