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Christians face arrests, jail terms for church meetings and printing religious texts
A Christian couple in China have each been sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of RMB 250,000 (approximately £29,240) for “illegal business operations,” after their appeals were rejected.
This is the latest case of Christians being accused of “illegal business operations” in connection with printing religious books.
Read more in our December EKO magazine (link in 'Notices').
A number of our activity groups have now restarted. For more details, please check 'Notices' on the Home page, and the individual group pages in 'Activities for Adults'.
Since some committees and groups may find it practical to continue with Zoom meetings from time to time, we will keep our 'Zoom Guides' for a while at least. They are found in the newly titled 'Getting Back to Normal' on the Home page, formerly known as the 'Our Response in Challenging Times'.
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Church of Scotland's Advent Calendar: Light in the Darkness
The countdown started as Advent began on Sunday 28 November and runs until Friday 24 December. This year, contributors across the length and breadth of the Church of Scotland are joining together to shine a ‘Light in the Darkness' through this year's Advent calendar. The theme is inspired by John 1:5 ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it':
Click on Advent Day 1 for Lord Wallace's introduction to the daily Advent series. Click on the link at the foot of the page to see them all as they appear each day up until Christmas.
Moderator and Archbishop issue a statement on refugee crisis
As at least 27 people died trying to reach the UK in a small boat this week....
The Moderator of the General Assembly and the Archbishop of Canterbury have issued a joint statement about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers following the tragic loss of life in the English Channel.
"The Church of England and Church of Scotland, along with Christians around the world, believe that every person is made in God's image.
"We celebrate our work supporting vulnerable people seeking refuge and asylum.
"In a climate that is often hostile towards these men, women and children, we commit to offer them welcome and compassion.
"In too many cases, the churches are the only available support in an asylum system that is proving inadequate to the task. We take care to ensure our practices are safe, robust and above all founded on Christ's command to welcome the stranger.
"It is a tragic reality that worldwide there are more than 26 million refugees, around half of whom are children. The number of displaced people due to persecution, conflict and violence is more than 80 million. This is a global challenge of terrifying proportion.
"No effective solutions will be found unless states, religious groups and civil society come together in a spirit of pragmatism and compassion.
"This situation cannot go on - let this be the moment we bring hope for all God's precious children."
Lord Wallace, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
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East Kilbride involvement in House of Commons recognition for climate change activism as Moderator meets political and faith leaders in London
The Church of Scotland's contribution to the climate change debate has been recognised in the House of Commons.
Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, has lodged an Early Day Motion which acknowledges its ambition to be carbon net zero by 2030 and continuing role to advocate for change and action. Her motion: That this House acknowledges the contribution of the Church of Scotland to the discussion and action on climate change, including the Church’s own Net Zero target by the year 2030; notes the participation by the Rt Hon. Lord Wallace of Tankerness, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, as a delegate at COP26; recognises the continuing role of the churches and faith groups in advocating for the care of the environment; and calls on the Government to continue to engage with faith groups and civil society in this matter.
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News of Church of Scotland Moderator-Delegate 2022-23
Rev Iain Greenshields has been named as the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
He is quoted as saying: "There are a great many challenges facing our society today including climate change, poverty, mental health, social isolation, addiction and the Church is active in supporting those in genuine need".
He believes addiction should be treated as a public health issue, said he is "honoured" to have been nominated to take up the 12-month ambassador role next May.
Click Here to read more about Rev. Iain Greenshields in a Church of Scotland News article.
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