Open House is a magazine of comment and debate on faith issues in Scotland, published six times a year.

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What are we praying for?


I’ve been getting texts on WhatsApp urging me not to worry and pray that everything will be okay, as God is ‘in control’ of the Covid-19 pandemic. Behind such sentiments there seems to be an assumption that God, being all-powerful, is able to zap the virus and make it go away. But God manifestly isn’t making the virus go away and people are dying. So what are we realistically praying for? Is God, in fact, in control in the way we think he may be, or is something else going on?

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Women’s ministry in the early church


A leading academic explores the New Testament for clues to women’s involvement in Jesus’ ministry.

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Being human in the coronavirus era


A Scot who spent his life working in international development reflects on the impact of the coronavirus on our humanity.

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Feb/Mar 2020

In June 2019 Open House held a conference exploring possible new directions for the Catholic Church in Scotland. See conference papers.

Open House also held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.