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Scottish Protestants Look to Uniting Their Churches
04 May 1996 15:23:07
96080 Scottish Protestants Look to Uniting Their Churches
by Ecumenical News International
EDINBURGH, Scotland--Scotland's major Protestant churches have taken a
major step on the path to church union.
Representatives of the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal
Church, the Scottish Congregational Church, the United Reformed Church, and
the Methodist Synod in Scotland have held their first meeting in a series
intended to draw up a plan to unite their churches. (The Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) is formally related to the Church of Scotland.)
According to a statement released by the Scottish Episcopal Church,
"the goal of these discussions is to present to the participating churches
at their synods and assemblies in 1998 a draft proposal for a plan for
union. The draft proposal will give the churches a chance to react to the
ideas and to say where to go from there."
The statement said that a decision in June 1994 by the Scottish
Episcopal Church to ordain women meant that "doctrinal issues have now been
cleared to a point where there is not really any doctrinal obstruction to
The next meeting about the plan will take place on April 19, 1996.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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