Scottish church leaders meet First Minister

By agency reporter
February 27, 2011

On 23 February 2011, ten senior Scottish church leaders met the First Minister Alex Salmond to discuss what they described as "some common concerns".

Agenda items included restorative justice, the socially just economy, and churches, communities and volunteering. The Church leaders also proposed "a Gospel message in tackling economic adversity and spiritual poverty."

"The conversation was open and cordial", the church leaders suggested: addressing difficult issues and sharing examples of good practice from across the country.

This annual meeting illustrates the increasingly active engagement between churches and civic society in Scotland, both nationally and locally, they say.

First Minister Alex Salmond declared: "The Scottish Government greatly values the contribution that churches and all of our faith communities make to the social, economic and cultural life of Scotland and their important work supporting communities across the nation. Today’s meeting was open and constructive and I welcome the Scottish Government’s ongoing dialogue with our churches."

Those attending the meeting from the churches were: The Rev Alan Donaldson, General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland; The Right Rev John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; The Rev John Humpheys, United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland;The Rev Malcolm Muir, chair of the Congregational Federation of Scotland; The Rev Alexander MacDonald, representative of the Free Church of Scotland; The Rev Lily Twist, chair of the Methodist Synod in Scotland; Cardinal Keith O’Brien, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland of the Roman Catholic Church; Mr Leslie Stevenson, representative Friend from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Lt Col Alan Burns, Scotland Secretary of the Salvation Army and the Rev Robert Owens, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church. The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church was unable to be present.


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