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In this blog we are publishing short articles on various topics, submitted by different people in our supporters' network. These will aim to inform us and encourage us to think more deeply about our faith. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison on 6th July 2016

With much of this month’s issue given over to Assembly reports, the item that caught my attention this time round was the feature article on ‘Ministers of the Future’ in which we are given a progress report from three Church of Scotland candidates for ministry who are at different stages of their training: John McCulloch, former lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Glasgow University, who has just completed his theology degree at Highland Theological College; Lynsey Brennan, former Speech and Language Therapist with the NHS, who is at the end of her second year of study also through HTC; and Dawn Laing, former primary school teacher, who is coming to the end of her first year of theological training at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews.

Part of my interest in this article lies in the fact that John and Lynsey are two of the students I’ve had the privilege of teaching – and being taught by – over the past few years as they’ve studied with HTC by means of live video-conference classes from their own homes, a flexibility that an increasing number of candidates, especially those with young families or living too far away for daily travel to one of the church’s accredited training centres, are benefitting from.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison on 23rd June 2016

BB Badge“I see the BB as my ‘ministry’”. Is that your story? Could it be? These words provide the title for the cover feature article in this month’s edition of Life & Work - the main article in the edition that caught my attention, not least because I am one of the ‘many ministers’ spoken of towards the end of the article who ‘actually came to faith through the BB.’

’The article focuses on Bill Stevenson, Director of the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland, and also currently acting Brigade Secretary for the UK. Bill, who has been ‘involved with the BB for as long as [he] can remember,’ is normally based at Carronvale House near Falkirk, the BB headquarters for Scotland and their ‘national training centre since after the Second World War.

On the morning of Monday 13th June, we posted an article on our website blog, commenting on the recent Church of Scotland General Assembly. The timing of this piece, given part of its subject matter, has been criticised as being insensitive and inappropriate in the light of events in Orlando, Florida. For that we apologise.

There are many, many people hurting deeply at this time as the result of this violent and unjustified attack. Such violence against any human being is unacceptable and our response is a clear and unequivocal condemnation of these acts.

We grieve for those who have lost their lives, we mourn with those who have lost loved ones, and we pray for all who are grieving the loss of loved ones, for those currently in hospital in pain and distress, for those who seek to help and treat them and for all who feel threatened by what has happened.

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.