Sunday, 15 March 2015
I'm trying to make sense of the tangle of churches that make up the Protestant Church in Scotland. I am in danger of getting lost in the web of splits, unions, schisms and mergers that has left Stornoway with at least 17 different church buildings. It was prompted by an appeal from St Columba's (Old Parish) Church, Stornoway for its congregation (I'm not formally a member) to join a Covenant Fellowship which desires that the Church of Scotland should revert to the teachings of the Scriptures. That in turn was prompted by the current controversy surrounding clergy being accepted into the Established Church who are practising homosexuals. This issue has already caused a schism in the congregation at the High Church (Matheson Road). Personally, I have no problems with people being gay; as long as I don't notice it. Do I want a gay vicar preaching about men and women cleaving together in holy matrimony where he has cleaved together with another man? Some people dislike the notion. I am not interested in someone else's private affairs, and as long as they don't make a huge song and dance about it in public, I don't care if my vicar is gay or miserable.