Moderator Lorna Hood with other religious representatives

Scottish independence: Role of religion ‘should be recognised’

Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland. They plan to hold an interfaith conference on the subject in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in July. The call follows an interfaith meeting convened by the Church of Scotland. The Scottish government said it did not […]

Mona Siddiqui

Book review: Christians, Muslims And Jesus by Mona Siddiqui

In this enlightening and inspiring book, Mona ­Siddiqui, the Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at Edinburgh ­University’s Divinity School, discusses how Jesus is both the “bridge and barrier” between Christianity and Islam, writes Stuart Kelly. It is in itself a significant work of inter-faith understanding, and in its account of the historical debates on […]

Volunteers from the Yusuf Youth Initiative

Thumbs up for kind-hearted curry night at Salvation Army Lifehouse

Staff and service users from the Salvation Army’s Strathmore Lifehouse in Dundee were guests of honour at a curry evening in the centre kindly prepared by young volunteers from the Yusuf Youth Initiative. More than nine volunteers spent hours cooking a special Indian meal as part of their ‘taught by Muhammad campaign’. The campaign is […]


Priest who allowed Muslims to pray in his church is hit by abuse from internet trolls

A priest who has allowed Muslims to pray in his church told today how he has been hit by a barrage of abuse by internet ‘trolls’. St John’s Episcopal Church became the first church in the UK to share their building with Muslims after Rev Isaac Poobalan saw members of a neighbouring mosque praying outside […]


Christian church in Aberdeen is first in Scotland to share with Muslims

A Christian church has become the first in Scotland to share its building with Muslims. St John’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen now has hundreds of Muslims praying five times a day in their building as the neighbouring mosque was so small that they were forced to worship outside. Sections of the main hall have been […]

Kirk's ex-Moderator 'astonished' if C of E won't back 'ecumenical matter' condemned by British Jews

Church of England votes to support Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme The Church of England General Synod has voted to support the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). The EAPPI sends human rights observers, (ecumenical accompaniers), to work with Israelis and Palestinians to bring a just peace to the region based on international law. Set […]


Church of Scotland 'inspired current Islamic banking'

An Islamic Finance Council (IFC)executive board member in the United Kingdom, Omar Shaikh, has disclosed that the Church of Scotland actually inspired the current Islamic Banking system, writes Sunday Williams. Speaking while presenting a paper titled “Development of Islamic finance in the UK: Sharing experiences with the Central Bank of Nigeria”, the IFC Executive Board […]


Helensburgh church welcomes inter-faith visitors

Visitors of different faiths joined harvest celebrations at a Helensburgh church on Sunday. A group of around 20 members of the Sister Cities Inter-faith Project were welcomed to St Andrew’s Kirk at the start of their 10-day visit to the Glasgow area. The delegates, from Glasgow, New York and Barcelona, represented the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, […]

Shetland Council to raise issue of religious appointees with Cosla

Councillors have reluctantly agreed to proceed with the appointment of three religious representatives to the SIC’s education and families committee, but unease among several members means the council plans to raise the matter with local government umbrella body Cosla, writes Neil Riddell. At today’s full Council meeting, SIC legal chief Jan Riise reminded members that […]

Education committee to have three religious representatives despite concerns

Shetland Island Council’s education and families committee met today to seek approval for the appointment of religious representatives to the committee. Education committees are obliged by law to have three religious representatives, one of which must be from the Church of Scotland. Head of legal Jan Riise explained that the other two could be of […]

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