A Message from the Convener of Affirmation Scotland
A Call To Open Arms
Affirmation Scotland wishes to express its support for the Rev Scott M. Rennie, whose call to Queen’s Cross Parish Church in Aberdeen was sustained by the Presbytery of Aberdeen—by an overwhelming majority—at its meeting on the 6th of January. Mr Rennie had been open about the fact that he is gay and in a committed loving relationship.
Disappointingly, a small group of conservative evangelicals within the Presbytery have not only sought to deny the congregation its deeply cherished right to call, but are now seeking to overturn the will of Presbytery, by protesting to the General Assembly.
It will be a matter of deep regret to members of our broad and national church that a minority have been unable to accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit in a congregation and Presbytery of their own church, choosing instead to frustrate the theological conviction and desire of others to call their minister—in line with their own careful study and understanding of the Word of God.
The Revd Scott Rennie is a gifted parish minister and a committed biblical preacher, and was himself raised in the evangelical tradition of the Church of Scotland in Aberdeen.
Affirmation Scotland continues to pray and work for the peace and unity of a broad and diverse national church, as the Church of Scotland has historically been. To this end Affirmation Scotland will support Mr Rennie, in prayer and action, and this website will be a source of information on developments. Affirmation Scotland members will also be informed directly of ways in which they can support Mr Rennie.