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Same-sex relationships and the ministry- some resources

The place of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons continues to be a matter of controversy within many churches worldwide.
In 2010 the Kirk Session (governing body) of Old High St Stephen’s adopted the following statement:

Our interpretation of the Bible is that God’s Grace is inclusive and the life of Jesus emphasized God’s love and openness to the powerless and the marginalized in society. Therefore it would be wrong to discriminate in the Church on the basis of sexual orientation.

This was in response to a request from a Special Commission which was investigating the issue on behalf of the Church of Scotland.
To prepare for our Kirk Session’s discussions, we held adult education events for members of the congregation. Our minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo wrote a paper for these events, which deals both with the theological and practical issues facing the Church of Scotland. You can read his paper here.
Please visit this page again for more resources on this topic.
If you have any concerns about issues of sexuality, please do not hesitate to contact Peter.

General Assembly- how did the vote for gay clergy happen?

The Minister writes from the General Assembly…
The media are reporting that the Church of Scotland General Assembly have voted to allow gay ministers. But is that what has happened? And how did it happen?

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Theological Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry publishes report to General Assembly

The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly will meet from 18 to 25 May in Edinburgh this year. Our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, and one of our elders, David Smillie, will be Commissioners.
One item being considered will be a report by a commission set up at the 2011 Assembly on the matter of whether persons in same-sex relationships ought to be able to be Ministers or office-bearers within the Church. The Commission’s report is now available on the Church of Scotland website.

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All one! A sermon for 14 April 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 14 April 2013: Year C, The Third Sunday of Easter

SERMON
Texts: Galatians 3.23-29
John 20.1-18

All one!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Easter is not just one Sunday of the year. For there is a sense that every Sunday, for Christians, is the day of Resurrection. We know from the Gospel accounts that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and that after being buried he lay in the grave over the Jewish Sabbath (our Saturday). On the third day, after the Sabbath, he rose again. And that’s why, at a very early stage, the followers of Jesus began to meet for worship, not on the Sabbath, but the day after- the day of resurrection, our Sunday- which the early Christians called ‘The Lord’s Day’. Every Sunday is Easter Sunday.

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Faith for the Future: Sermon for 2 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 2 September 2012: Year B, Proper 17

SERMON
Texts: James 1:17-27
Mark 7.1-8

Faith for the Future

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

The word ‘Pharisee’ is a word which, for us, seems to sum up the worst about religion. My dictionary says that a person referred to today as a Pharisee is ‘anyone more careful of the outward forms than of the spirit of a religion, a formalist [or] a very self-righteous or hypocritical person’. The adjective ‘pharisaic’ means ‘hypocritical’ (Chambers Dictionary 1998). So the Pharisees have a got a bad name.

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