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Meetings Explore Role of Faith in Scotland's Constitution

Wednesday January 31 2024

A series of meetings are taking place around Scotland this spring to discuss the role of faith in Scotland’s constitutional future.

The regional events, which began before Christmas, continue next month with meetings in Elgin on February 10, Prestwick on February 21, Lanark on February 22 and Oban on February 29, before heading up to Thurso, Orkney and Lewis in March.

Further dates later in the year are still to be announced.

They have been set up by the research project Faith in Scotland’s Constitutional Future, which is engaging will engage with churches across Scotland to encourage Christians to reflect on key questions about Scotland’s constitution, whether as an independent country or remaining within the UK. The project is being run by the School of Critical Studies /Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, supported by the Paristamen charity.

It began with a conference in Glasgow in the autumn, and speeches by the four speakers – two unionist and two pro-independence – are presented at each of the regional events. The video presentations are followed by discussions, based on principles of respectful dialogue and “discernment in common”.

The four speakers are the MSPs Kate Forbes (SNP) and Murdo Fraser (Conservative), the Rev Dr Maggie McTernan, a former Labour councillor, and Stephen Noon, Director of Strategy for Yes Scotland during the 2014 independence referendum.

Events are free, but for catering purposes the organisers ask you to register by emailing 

Full details are available at 

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