Social Issues

Catholics and the referendum


This is the second of two articles on Catholics and the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence by a senior lecturer in sociology.  Here he considers the alignment of younger Catholics with the independence movement. 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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Mrs Barbour’s army


This year marks the centenary of a series of rent strikes in Govan which resulted in one of Europe’s first rent restriction acts becoming law. A regular contributor to Open House recounts the life and times of the woman behind the rent strikes and highlights the campaign to have a memorial erected in her memory.

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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.