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July 2007

Scottish churches edging closer


In what is being billed by the Free Church of Scotland as ‘a small step for a Christian, but a giant step for the Church’, the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland and Free Church of Scotland are being asked to recognise ‘the scandal of the divisions in our Presbyterian church family’ and move towards greater recognition and cooperation.

Rev. Dr John Ross, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, has called for ‘a new Presbyterian Church made up of the Free Church of Scotland and the confessional congregations of the Church of Scotland, along with all others who desire to be reunited in wholehearted commitment to Christ, Scripture and mission’.

He laments the stance of Rev. Sheilagh Kesting, Moderator of the Church of Scotland: ‘I was dismayed to read that almost as soon as she was announced Moderator Designate, Ms Kesting rushed to indicate her willingness to lead the Kirk down the road to the acceptance of gay weddings, despite the fact that a poll of presbyteries by Forward Together showed ten presbyteries solidly opposed to civil
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