news from scotland

Things have been all a-flurry at my mother’s church in Aberdeen, where they recently chose to select a new minister who happens to be openly gay. Although the church has been fine with being flexible with other biblical rules, such as allowing ministers to eat shellfish, wear clothes of mixed fabrics, and not having their wives have to shave their heads before attending services, apparently being open and honest about yourself was a stretch too far for some. But after a lot of deliberation the appointment went ahead.

The first service by Scott Rennie was this last weekend, and apparently it went very well with large attendance and lots of smiles. The biggest blot was that someone had nailed a sign to the front door of the church to greet my mother on Sunday morning. Here’s what she had to say about it

I got up to church at 8.45 this morning, the first person to arrive in the building because the beadle was late, to find a huge wooden notice nailed across the front doors. It was painted black with cut-out letters stuck on : THIS CHURCH IS NOW A DEN OF INIQUITY AND IS DAMNED!! I waited until a couple of other people had arrived, so at least there was someone else in the building, and then got out the tool box and prized the huge nails, over 20 of them, out of the wood (kept the nails cos they might come in useful if WE ever want to nail notice boards about the place!). There were also three candles underneath it which I removed, but sadly couldn’t keep to use again because they had burnt themselves to the bottom.

What she didn’t know is that she was photographed by the local paper removing the sign – here’s the article.

2 Responses to “news from scotland”

  1. Muthah+ says:

    Bravo for your mum’s church. My little congregation has welcomed me with all the smiles too. Now in my third year the fear begins to resurface when things begin to change and there are other LGBT folk who come because there is no place else to go. In our town, not a single other church will accept the LGBT people in our community. We are the only ones. But some of the intially welcoming ones begin to feel scared if others come.

    Prayers will continue for the priest and for the congregation.

  2. Amelia Hagen says:

    I left a reply on OCICBW. I chuckled at the thrift of your mother and applaud her and the members of her church.

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