This is intimation that a meeting of the Kirk Session of this congregation is to be held via ZOOM on Monday 23rd November 2020, at 7.30pm.
In recognition of the diversity of views within the Church about the historic and current doctrine and practice of the Church in relation to human sexuality and in the interests of the peace and unity of the Church, departure from the practice of the Church in relation to human sexuality is permitted in certain circumstances.
The purpose of the Kirk Session meeting just intimated will be for the Kirk Session to decide whether to depart from the Church’s practice in relation to human sexuality in order for applications for the current vacancy to be considered from, amongst others, individuals who are in a civil partnership.
In terms of the process for a decision to depart contained in the Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships Act (Act 1, 2015), this will be a second meeting of the Kirk Session on this matter and therefore the vote will be of a determinative nature. If the vote is in favour of the decision to depart, then that decision will take effect.
Both votes on this matter must achieve a majority of those present and entitled to vote in order to take effect.
Rev. Ian Taylor Interim Moderator