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Church of Scotland on current crisis
Ed Preface: The following is a Media Statement issued by the Church of Scotland (12/06/13). It is a response to the reactions following from the most recent (May 2013) General Assembly which proposed giving freedom to call clergy in active homosexual relationships.

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At its General Assembly in May, the Church of Scotland voted to uphold its historic doctrine on same sex relationships but to also consider a policy of permitting individual congregations to choose ministers in same sex relationships.

Following the decision a number of individuals have indicated they might wish to leave the Church of Scotland.

A spokesperson for the Church said today: “While we would be saddened by the departure of any of our ministers and members, the Church is not in crisis. The present situation is nothing like the historical event in 1843 known as the Disruption, when a third of ministers -nearly 500 - left. Presbyteries are now holding conversations with fewer than ten of our 1400 congregations.

“As we saw with the congregation of Gilcomston South in Aberdeen, these conversations can be gracious, constructive and respectful of Church law, civil law and charity law.

“The vast majority of Church of Scotland ministers and members are committed to the Church and willing to work out, over the next couple of years, how we live with difference. They see the recent decision of the General Assembly as a vote for the peace and unity of the Church.

“However, it is not surprising that a small number of ministers and members reacted immediately to decisions taken at the General Assembly. There has always been a variety of views on the matter of same-sex relationships and the ministry and we are aware that some of our ministers and members feel that a compromise is not possible.

“The work of the Church of Scotland – preaching the Good News and caring for the vulnerable the length and breadth of the country - continues unabated.

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Editor 13/06/2013 11:28

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