Education

Rev Richard Tiplady

International Christian College to cease current operations and undertake review for future

International Christian College in Glasgow has decided to cease its current educational operations in a managed way over the next academic year, writes the College’s principal, Richard Tiplady. There will be no further new student intakes, and we will help our current students to transfer to other institutions where possible, as well as providing one […]

Citizens Theatre

Theatre awarded £400,000 for plays and workshops on sectarianism

A Glasgow theatre is to be given £400,000 to host plays and workshops about sectarianism. The Citizens Theatre will use the £402,740 to hold performative [sic] events in primary schools across North Lanarkshire. The grant is part of a £861,558 pot of further investment in community projects to fight bigotry and sectarian attitudes. It comes […]

Church reps to stay on Scottish education committees

Church reps to stay on Scottish education committees

The Scottish Government has backed religious representation on local authority education committees, despite calls from secularists to remove them. A petition was submitted to the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood by Mr Colin Emerson on behalf of the Edinburgh Secular Society. It asked Parliament to rescind the current law that requires three external religious nominees to be […]

Kieran Turner

Removal of Church reps from education committees would be ‘short-sighted secularism’

A proposed bill that would mean the removal of Church representatives from local authority education committees has been criticised by the Scottish Evangelical Alliance (SEA). Highland MSP John Finnie has proposed a member’s bill which seeks to take away voting rights from representatives of parents, teachers, young people and the Church who sit on these […]

Evangelicals seek reassurances from Church of Scotland over religious observance

Evangelicals seek reassurances from Church of Scotland over religious observance

A group for evangelicals in the Church of Scotland has asked for clarification over a controversial partnership with humanists to change the name of religious observance in schools to a ‘Time for Reflection’. ‘Forward Together‘ has investigated concerns that the Church of Scotland, in partnership with the Humanist Society Scotland, is promoting the elimination of […]

Sister Mary Felicitas Bradley

Obituary: Sister Mary Felicitas Bradley

Sister Mary Felicitas Bradley, who has died aged 95, was for almost a quarter of a century the inspirational head teacher at Our Lady and St Francis Secondary School in Glasgow. She later went on to become the leader of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the only Catholic religious order to be founded […]

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Proposals for mosque next to school dropped

Plans for a mosque within the grounds of a school in one of Scotland’s most affluent suburbs have been officially abandoned. Councillors in East Renfrewshire voted unanimously to drop the proposals for Newton Mearns, south of Glasgow, after it generated a significant public response. Plans for a joint campus in Newton Mearns, including Jewish and […]

Lewis Presbytery dissociates itself from Kirk submission on religious observance in schools

Lewis Presbytery dissociates itself from Kirk submission on religious observance in schools

The Presbytery of Lewis, Church of Scotland, met for an urgent meeting yesterday (Thursday) to discuss the joint submission by the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council with the Humanist Society Scotland to the meeting of the Public Petitions Committee, Scottish Parliament. The Presbytery said it wished to strongly affirm its support for the […]

Church of Scotland: We're not suggesting an end to religious observance in schools

Church of Scotland: We’re not suggesting an end to religious observance in schools

Church of Scotland officials have branded claims that they are proposing an end to religious observance in schools as “misleading”, asserting that the Church is merely supporting a change in terminology to reflect government guidelines already in effect. Earlier this week Christian Today reported that the Church of Scotland was partnering with the Scottish Humanist […]

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Kirk and humanists say all school visitors must sign ‘equality and diversity’ agreement

A Free Church of Scotland minister has said that the Church of Scotland’s joint efforts with the Humanist Society Scotland to remove Christian worship from schools is “a far bigger crisis” than the five-year debate over gay ministers. Representatives from both organisations say that Christian worship and prayers in schools should be banned in favour […]

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