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Rev Richard Buckley
Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald
Mr Kenneth Mackenzie
Rev Mark Malcolm
Rev Ann McCool
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Posted by Eric Smith, Director, on 13th June 2016

The Trustees of Covenant Fellowship Scotland have met to reflect on the recent General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, held at the end of May.

We remain deeply saddened by the Church’s continued travel down the road of allowing Ministers and Deacons to live in same-sex relationships, having now extended this from civil partnerships to include same-sex marriage. Attempting to portray this as merely a “tidying up” exercise to reflect civil law cannot be justified. Many in Assembly expressed great sadness that the Scriptural model of marriage as between one man and one woman has been abandoned in this way, several spoke with great feeling during the debate, and a significant number (215) voted against the Overture with 84 Commissioners registering formal dissent.

Submitted by Eric Smith on 9th June 2016

GA 2016 CoverAs Session Clerk in my own congregation, I was asked to report on the General Assembly - what follows are my personal reflections:

General Assembly week is a very busy week and it can also be quite intense. It is the opportunity to discuss and debate with the wider church on a number of topics. It is also a time when you can feel rather powerless as you see overtures and deliverances proposed, seconded, discussed and carried. Some you will welcome and others you will believe to be wrong.

The General Assembly of 2016 was no exception.

The church infrastructure is made up of Councils and Committees and each of these brings a report to Assembly – very briefly, I want to mention the main points from these reports.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison on 26th May 2016

I am not at the GA this year, nor was I able to follow Saturday’s debate on the internet, but I was deeply saddened that our church – by a substantial, 20% margin - chose to turn its back on the plain teaching of Jesus regarding marriage, however that reality may have been photo-shopped in the process.

I suspect that further significant theological battles lie ahead in the coming years – there is no quick fix or short-term solution to our church’s spiritual malaise - and I can fully understand that there may be those who are simply fed-up and who will choose to leave the church at this time.

However, many of us still feel called to continue to battle for the soul of the Church of Scotland, and for such, no doubt, a considered statement from CFS will appear post-Assembly – the Trustees meet next Monday. Meantime, I share here a potted version of a sermon I preached around this time last year as part of the inaugural round of CFS meetings in the north of Scotland. It is about ‘contending for the faith’ from Jude.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison on 20th May 2016

The first article that caught my attention in the May edition of Life & Work was entitled ‘The hidden Christians’, in which Steve Aisthorpe, Church of Scotland Regional Mission Development Officer for the Highlands and Islands, describes the roots and inspiration for his academic research which has been distilled in highly readable format for general consumption in The Invisible Church, published this month by Saint Andrew Press, and already into its second printing.

In this article Steve shares with us first of all the very real life situation that led him to research this phenomenon – Christians he had known in a particular Highland parish who, during the 12 years in which he and his family had served the Lord in Nepal, had severed their links with the local church, while, at least in the case of a number of them, retaining a living faith.


Submitted by Eric Smith on 19th May 2016

A simple question but one which can be answered in a number of ways depending on your philosophical approach to the question, your love or otherwise for technology, or even the ability to state the obvious!

So, is the answer

  • a good wifi connection?
  • a message which needs to be passed on?
  • you to talk and me to listen (or the other way round of course)?

Clearly, all of these are correct and important.