Missing Generations (part 1)

This isn’t working! There, I’ve said it. I feel better already. I’ve been meaning to say it for a long time – in fact I can’t remember a time in the last 30 years when I haven’t thought it. Oh – it’s the Church I’m talking about, by the way. ‘The Emporer’s New Church’ by Read More …

Decisions are made by those who show up

The final day of the General Assembly is always the least well attended.  It tends to be the pensions, trustees and stewardship type committees.  Short reports and few decisions. But not today. The Ministries Council report was remaindered yesterday and so mid-morning the discussion about Ordained Local Ministry began again.  Eventually Assembly voted 200-190 in Read More …

Reform? Not today thanks!

Today was another fascinating day at the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. I’d love to be able to write about the discussion about Israel / Palestine but I was out and so didn’t see what was by all accounts an excellent discussion. I did see the Panel on Review and Reform have their plan for Read More …

Suicide First Aid Training

Just a link for anyone looking for information about Suicide First Aid Training as recommended by the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly today. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is intended as ‘suicide first-aid’ training. ASIST aims to enable helpers (anyone in a position of trust) to become more willing, ready and able to recognise Read More …

labels that shouldn’t stick

One of the things that happened in yesterday’s General Assembly debate on the report of the Special Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and Ministry was some new labels. ‘traditionalists’ and ‘revisionists’ now seem to be the labels of choice. These are interesting labels for a number of reasons. I wonder how they make sense in a Read More …

one small step or a giant leap?

Today was an interesting day at the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly.  As I’ve outlined below, today was all about the Special Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and Ministry. The debate was long and to be honest we didn’t hear an awful lot that hasn’t already been said in the discussion already.  What was most interesting Read More …