Scottish Faith Leaders statement on Covid-19 Vaccination

Statement of Faith Leaders in Scotland in support of Covid

Statement of Faith Leaders in Scotland in support of Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

We faith leaders in Scotland understand the difficulty that our communities are facing during this pandemic. We urge all faith communities to take measures that will ensure their safety and the safety of others. Furthermore, we support the Covid-19 vaccination programme across the community and we encourage people to be vaccinated so that they keep themselves and their neighbours safe.

  • Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland
  • Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk, the Church of Scotland
  • Imam Hassan Rabbani, Imam of Zia-Ul-Quran Mosque, Muslim Chaplain at Heriot-Watt University, Chair of Scottish Muslim Forum
  • Imam Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam – Director General | Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
  • Dr Muhammad Rafiq Habib, Convenor, Muslim Council of Scotland
  • Rabbi Moshe Rubin, Giffnock & Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Senior Rabbi of Scotland
  • Most Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness; Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Advisor Sikhs in Scotland and Chair of Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network
  • Rev Dr Fred Drummond, National Director, Evangelical Alliance Scotland
  • Rabbi David Rose, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation
  • Allan Forsyth, Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (Scotland)
  • Isadora Quay, Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (Scotland)
  • Acharya Ji, Priest of Hindu Mandir Glasgow
  • Madhu Jain, Hindu Mandir Glasgow
  • The Revd Mark Slaney, Chair Scotland District & Shetland District, The Methodist Church in Scotland
  • Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Centre
  • Revd Paul Whittle, Moderator of The United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland

 

Lockdown Letters

“Lockdown Letters” were originally written as weekly pieces, sent to friends and acquaintances during the first five months of the national lockdown, following the spread of the global COVID19 virus in March 2020. Personal reflections on the positive and negative effects of the lockdown, the letters are a kind of commentary on this strange time which has the potential to change our lives, society and the world, for years to come. Price £6.50. Profits from sales of ‘Lockdown Letters’ will be equally divided between Medical Aid for Palestinians and The Fund for Human Need, a small, effective Methodist charity. Copies can be obtained from Warren at w.bardsley39@btinternet.com or 01543 255292.

This is a limited print run. There will be a small discount on orders of five copies or more.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This is traditionally observed ‘during the octave of St Peter and St Paul’, and this year is 18 to 25 January. Materials may be found on the Methodist website.

The materials for 2021 have been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. Their theme is, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, based on John 15: 1-17. It expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

MWiB Funding for churches

Methodist Women in Britain is pleased to announce a ‘2020 Emergency Discretionary Support Fund’ set up to help churches that have incurred unexpected expenses over the past few months. Single discretionary grants of up to £200 may be awarded to those churches facing additional unforeseen costs to assist their work and witness during lockdown and going forward. If you would like to apply, please contact MWiB giving full details of how this grant would be used and whether you have already raised your own funds towards it. Please ensure that full bank details are included.

Apply by post to: MWiB C/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford BD7 1QX

or by email to: finance@mwib.org.uk 

Note that the posting of this message has been delayed; please check with MWiB that funds are still available.

Scottish Churches Housing Action

Volunteer Recruitment Promotion

Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA) brings together major church denominations and organisations to support the churches’ work on homelessness in Scotland.

We were launched in 1995 with charitable status and over the years we have become one of the major vehicles for tackling homelessness in Scotland.  We bring people together to develop volunteer-based responses to homelessness at a community level, and also help churches to make surplus or under-used property available for affordable housing.  We raise and maintain awareness of homelessness in Scotland including within the churches, and are a voice for church concerns on the issue in relation to government, parliament and the general public.

With the impact of Covid-19, its implications for homelessness and the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections, rarely has it been so important for the voice of SCHA to be heard.

Unfortunately we have been hit hard over the past year and have had to make some difficult decisions in order to survive. As a result our capacity to act has been diminished at a time when we need to be most active. Homelessness was already increasing before Covid-19 and there are growing concerns that the worsening financial situation will promote further homelessness over the winter and onwards as low wages and job losses really start to bite.

We are asking for help over the short to medium term. Help to get the message out, help to continue with our community work and help to promote the construction of social housing. If you have a commitment to social justice, relevant skills, energy and time to offer please email paul@churches-housing.org in the first instance. In particular we are looking for people from a journalism, teaching/education, training, marketing, media, project management, housing, legal, or financial background. However, although the list is extensive it is not exclusive. If you have skills to offer please get in touch. We are not necessarily looking for Trustees; there will be time limited working groups to be involved in.

Homelessness is a blight on our country. This is a real opportunity to make a difference. Contact us today. Email paul@churches-housing.org and register your interest.