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

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Creating inclusive communities

LISBETH RAESIDE. The woman responsible for Special Religious Development in the Archdiocese of Glasgow explains the thinking behind it and the enrichment it offers to parish communities. Inclusion is one of those words that is best understood in the negative.  We all have some experience of what it feels like not to be included, of feeling on the outside looking in.  Perhaps there was a time when we were not chosen for a team, not invited to a party, left out of [more]

Mapping the future in Galloway

MARY CULLEN. A meeting of parish pastoral council representatives offered a snapshot of the way in which lay people are taking responsibility for the church’s life and mission in Dumfries and Galloway. On a warm summer Saturday at the end of June, a group of around 30 people from parishes across the Diocese of Galloway gathered in St Andrew’s and St Cuthbert’s church in Kirkudbright.  They were members of parish pastoral councils from St Andrew’s deanery, which covers all of Dumfries and [more]

A complex relationship

STEPHEN J. MCKINNEY. In the final article in his series on the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act and the events which led up to it, a Glasgow academic looks at the gradual integration of Catholic schools within the state funded sector and highlights challenges they face today. Section 18 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1918 offered the Catholic community the opportunity to sell or lease their schools, retain their denominational status, continue accepted practice in religious observance and instruction, and approve their own [more]


August/September 2018


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