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Conference – Transgender conference
2017

Conference – Transgender conference

The addresses given at this year’s Family Education Trust conference focused on a topic much in the public consciousness, and one which has been largely confined to academic debate. In his paper on the transgender agenda, the chief executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, Dr Peter Saunders, traced the rapid growth of the number…

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2017

Event – Scottish confusion

On 5 July, a memorial service was held for Dr Gordon Wilson, former leader of the Scottish National Party and co-founder of SOLAS. The service, carried out in St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee, was conducted by Reformed minister David Robertson. The church itself is known for being the preaching place of Robert Murray M’Cheyne,…

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2017

Church – Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotland has become embroiled in more controversy after its moderator, Rt Rev. Dr Derek Browning, took steps to allow its ministers to perform same-sex weddings, after the debating of a report in its General Assembly. According to the BBC, the report, put forward by its Theological Forum, acknowledged the Bible condemns…

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Education – Turkey and evolution
2017

Education – Turkey and evolution

Turkey’s plans, announced in June 2017, to banish the teaching of evolution in schools have been met with disquiet and cries of outrage. It is important that Christians respond in a rational and gracious way. Turkey’s head of curriculum for the ministry of education said that Darwin’s theory of evolution was ‘controversial’ and schools…

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2017

Society – Humanist wedding

Northern Ireland held its first ever legal humanist wedding in June, after a lengthy legal battle to secure recognition. Laura Lacole and Eunan O’Kane wed in a ceremony surrounded by friends and family and conducted by Humanists UK (formerly British Humanists Association) celebrant Isabel Russo. The decision followed on from a High Court ruling earlier this…

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2017

Politics – Extremism concerns

The UK Government’s ongoing plans to establish an extremism commission have been met with serious criticism from the head of public policy at the Evangelical Alliance. In a statement, Simon McCrossan commented: ‘Proposals from the government to introduce an extremism commission raise more questions than they answer. The government has tried and failed in…

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2017

Education – Flourish for women

London Seminary has launched a course for women to start in September this year. The course, called Flourish, will run for nine days of lecturing, study and discussion, spread over the course of the academic year. It aims at biblical and theological depth, together with practical application. It meets at the seminary site in…

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2017

Ethics – New UK abortion bill

Baroness Nicholson, a former director of the Save the Children Foundation, and a former member of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights, has secured a first reading of her Abortion (Foetus Protection) Bill. The bill is trying to bring the abortion time limit in line with the median for most European…

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