Death and Love


As the church celebrates the feasts of all saints and all souls in the dying of the year, an eminent theologian finds new perspectives on death in today’s culture. Continue reading

Norman Shanks: theology and social engagement


Before becoming a Church of Scotland minister Rev Dr Norman Shanks was a civil servant at the then Scottish Office and from 1975-77 served as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.  Following his ordination he was Chaplain to Edinburgh University, Convener of the General Assembly’s Church and Nation Committee, lecturer in Practical Theology at Glasgow University (where he taught your interviewer), Leader of the Iona Community, and parish minister in Govan.  Now retired, he sits on the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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Reflecting on the way ahead for Edinburgh and St Andrews


The parish priest of the South Edinburgh cluster of parishes responds to Archbishop Cushley’s pastoral letter, We have found the Messiah: the Future of our Archdiocese, which was issued on Palm Sunday. He takes issue with the archbishop’s analysis of the situation.

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April/May 2019

Aug/Sept 2019


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.