A Jewish-Christian Glossary

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, the Council of Christians and Jews and the Church of Scotland will be co-hosting a webinar to launch a Jewish-Christian Glossary on Wednesday 19th June from 7.30 – 9pm. 

A Jewish-Christian glossary is a dialogue and project convened by the Office of the Chief Rabbi and the Church of Scotland. Christian ministers and Jewish rabbis worked together to define some of the key terms used in both religions. The similarities and differences between the faiths are outlined in the document. The glossary is available to view online at the link below: 

ocr23-01_a-jewish-christian-glossary_a4_v4.pdf (churchofscotland.org.uk)

If you would like to attend the webinar the registration link is below: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/61760?

Call to Prayer 16th June 2024

On behalf of the churches that we serve, we encourage Christians in Scotland to engage actively, constructively, and charitably in the democratic process of the General Election called for 4th July 2024.

We pray:

Lord our God, you are the maker of heaven and earth
And in your image we are shaped
That we might care for creation
And for all that you have made.
May a deepening concern for the world we share
Shape our vision for the future that is to come.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Your presence is revealed through Christ
In the midst of all the places where people dwell,
And so we pray for the welfare of the city
And for all who dwell in the cities and towns of our nation.
May their concerns be heard and understood
That our towns and cities might flourish and prosper in these days.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

You promise renewal by your Spirit
To all whose hearts are open to receive,
And so we pray for the renewal of our rural communities
And for the islands of our nation.
May the voice of the islanders be heard
And the contribution of the land to our well-being be embraced.

Lord, in your mercy,                 

Hear our prayer.

Lord our God, you see the people of our nation
And understand the heart of their concerns.
Grant to all who stand for office
A desire to understand and to share those concerns.
May our Parliament shape our nation for the good of all
And may we see our society renewed, through Christ and by your Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Signed:

  • Rt Rev Dr Shaw Paterson, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
  • Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
  • Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Col. Sylvia Hinton, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
  • Adwoa Burnley, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Rev. Colin Brown, Moderator, United Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Callum Macleod, Moderator, Free Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Lindsey Sanderson, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
  • Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
  • Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Rt Rev Kenneth Nowakowski, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London

The Tinderbox Screening Monday 24th June 2024

Join Christian Aid for an evening with BAFTA-winning film maker Gillian Mosely as we screen her recent film The Tinderbox and explore the issues it raises examining both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its roots and what needs to happen for it to stop. 

Register for The Tinderbox Screening Online 

The event will take place in Augustine United Church (41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL) and online on Monday 24 June 6:30-9:30pm. For more information please contact edinburgh@christian-aid.org

Call for Views on the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has this week launched a Call for Views on the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill.

You can access more information about the Bill and the Call for Views here:

Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill

About this call for evidence

The purpose of this call for evidence is to gather views on the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill. Those views will inform the Committee’s scrutiny.

The call for views and analysis:

  • aim to help the Committee understand the reasons people have for either supporting or opposing the Bill
  • aim to help the Committee understand how people would like to see the Bill amended
  • will not establish whether more people support or oppose the Bill

The Committee will base any assessment of public opinion on published data from opinion polls. As responses to this call for evidence will be self-selecting, they cannot be assumed to be representative of public opinion and will not be treated as such.

There are two options for those wishing to participate in this Call for Views.

Short survey

This is for people who wish to express general views about the Bill as a whole, including:

  • whether they support or oppose it
  • why they support or oppose it

A summary of responses to the short survey will be published. However, we will not publish each response in full, or the names of people who responded.

The short survey is also available in Easy Read format for people with a learning disability, in British Sign Language (BSL) for people who communicate through BSL, and in Gaelic.

Detailed call for evidence

This is for people, groups, bodies or organisations who wish to comment on specific aspects of the Bill.

We aim to publish all submissions to the detailed call for evidence, with the exception of those that are made on a “confidential” or “not for publication” basis.

However, please note: If we receive a very high volume of submissions, we may not have the resources to process and publish them all.

Campaigning

We recognise that campaign groups with a view, either in favour or against the Bill, may want to encourage supporters to share their views.

All such submissions are welcome if submitted individually using this platform.

If we become aware that campaign groups are using non-standard means to channel their supporters’ views, we may be unable to accept those submissions. Examples of this include a high volume of submissions from a single Internet Protocol address, or submissions that appear to be machine generated.

We reserve the right to reject submissions that have reached us via third-party software unless we can be satisfied that they are the views of real individuals who have given the appropriate permissions and have been given access to all relevant accompanying information (including the Scottish Parliament’s privacy notice explaining how their personal data will be processed) before submitting their views.

We would encourage any interested campaign group to contact us. We can discuss how to ensure your supporters can respond to the call for evidence in a way that avoids the risk of submissions being rejected.

Even where submissions meet all the requirements, organisations might want to consider contacting us to discuss the most effective way to engage with this call for evidence to ensure that people’s views are heard.

A co-ordinated response might be more effective than encouraging mass submissions.

Other formats

The Scottish Parliament is committed to making its online content as accessible as possible. If you need this content in a different format, please contact ADBill@parliament.scot.

Deadline for responses

This call for views will close at 11.59pm on Friday, 16 August 2024 and no extensions will be given for late submissions.

Call to Prayer 9 June 2024

General Election 2024

Print Version

On behalf of the churches that we serve, we encourage Christians in Scotland to engage actively, constructively, and charitably in the democratic process of the General Election called for 4th July 2024.

We pray:

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You send forth your Spirit into all the earth
That we might know you
And your will for all creation.
Grant to us knowledge that your will might be done
In the times in which we live.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

You rule over the nations
And call them to account
That they might better reflect your purposes
And your desire for all humanity to flourish.
Grant to us a concern for all who share in the life of our nation
That together we might flourish and prosper and grow.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

You call us to hear again the ancient words,
Engraved in the Central Lobby of Parliament:
Unless the Lord builds the house,
The builders labour in vain.
Grant that these words may continue to inspire
And to offer counsel to those elected to office.

Lord, in your mercy,                 

Hear our prayer.

You call us to live
As citizens of the world that is to come
And so may we strive to see your Kingdom come
On earth as it is in heaven.
As good citizens, may we participate in our community
As you guide us so to do, through Christ and by your Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Signed:

  • Rt. Rev. Dr Shaw Paterson, Moderator of the General Assembly, Church of Scotland
  • Most Rev. Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Roman Catholic Church
  • Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus, on behalf of the College of Bishops, Scottish Episcopal Church
  • Col. Sylvia Hinton, Secretary for Scotland, Salvation Army
  • Adwoa Burnley, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • Rev. Lindsey Sanderson, Moderator, United Reformed Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. Dr Martin Hodson, General Director, Baptist Union of Scotland
  • Rev. Mark Slaney, District Chair, Methodist Church (Scotland)
  • Rev. Ruairidh MacRae, Chair, Congregational Federation in Scotland
  • Pastor Chris Gbenle, Provincial Pastor, Province of Scotland, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Rt. Rev. Kenneth Nowakowski, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London
  • Rev. Trevor Howard, Churches in Communities International