Ian Boa

Ian Boa


The aims of the 2017 conference are to:
• Provide a greater awareness and understanding of the diversity of multi-faith groups within college communities, and to support the diverse needs of learners.
• Uphold people's rights, promote understanding and tackle prejudice through the work of the spiritual, pastoral care and student support within the FE Sector.
• Provide support, training and networking to meet the needs of spiritual and pastoral care in the FE Sector.
This conference will be of interest to College professionals, management and policy makers with an interest in equality and diversity issues, and keen to foster good relations and help tackle prejudice within the College community and beyond.

TIME: 10:30 TO 15:30

A programme for the ACTS Conference for FE Chaplains, Spiritual Care Teams and Support Staff can be downloaded here.

'More Slaves Today than at any Time in Human History'

More Slaves Today

Exchanging Scottish and International Perspectives on Human Trafficking

We have an exciting programme that will allow us to explore current issues related to human trafficking from different contexts and perspectives. Speakers will include Ash Denham, MSP, Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston of Police Scotland and the investigative journalist Sam Poling whose BBC programme cast a spotlight on the trafficking of women to ​Scotland from eastern Europe.

We will also hear research reports from postgraduate students, academic staff, practitioners and theologians who will present papers on work undertaken in countries in Asia, Africa and Russia as well as closer to home in Ireland and here in Scotland.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion from a range of different Christian denominations.

Further information about the programme and how to apply for your place at this free conference can be found at:


Please join us on what promises to be a fa​s​cinating and thought provoking day.

Monday, 11 September 2017 10:44

St Thomas of India Unity Lecture

st thomasThe St Thomas of India Unity Lecture will be held at 4pm on the 10th October 2017 in the Martin Hall of Edinburgh University.
Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University will speak on the theme 'Christian Presence and Witness in Contemporary India: Challenges and Opportunities.'

Prof Jeyaraj spent the early part of 2017 travelling in India and so this lecture will be an updated version of the one he gave to the Friends of the Church in India last year in London.

Details can be found on: http://www.fost.org.uk


Monday, 11 September 2017 09:53

Autumn Conference 2017 - Capturing the Vision

AC2017bCapturing the Vision: A Vision for the Church in 21st Century Scotland

The Conference will focus on the above theme taking into consideration the changing church landscape in Scotland and the challenges and opportunities this presents for churches together.

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017 (registration from 10am)

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX 

A light lunch will be provided.

Further information about the Autumn Conference can be download here.

Directions to the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church can be downloaded here.

A Conference flier can be downloaded here.


stories from the edge
Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty and to try to create a Good Society.
Many of these projects are dealing with ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to the towns which were the heartlands of manufacturing industry.
This conference creates a space where 'faith-inspired social activists' from those towns can come together:

          • Sharing stories
          • Critical reflection
          • Exploring existing aspects of what makes a Good Society locally and nationally
          • Sharing visions of a Good Society in Scotland from the perspective of post-industrial towns
          • Identifying the support required from the wider church, civil and civic society to make these visions real
          • Shifting the thinking about what constitutes 'the edge' and what a Good Society looks like from that perspective

To download a flier for the "Stories from the edge?" Conference please click here.

To download a booking form for the "Stories from the edge?" Conference please click here.

If you prefer, you can book online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-from-the-edge-tickets-36305399427?aff=eac2




SectarianismA Review of the implementation of recommendations of the advisory group on tackling sectarianism in Scotland.

To download a copy of the review by Dr Duncan Morrow, please click here.

Monday, 06 March 2017 10:24

"Europe - Where Now?" Conference

Europe"Europe - Where Now?"

A joint ACTS, CTBI and CEC Conference in Edinburgh, 6-7 April 2017.

Including pre-Assembly meeting for the Confwerence of European Churches.

Following the UK's referendum in June 2016, "Europe – where now?" is a conference for Church leaders, senior representatives and senior staff looking at how the churches can address the context in which we find ourselves. It will focus on exploring theological and socio-political contexts.

This conference will also be a chance for churches in Britain and Ireland to help shape the next Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (scheduled to take place in Serbia in May/June 2018) – including looking at CEC's open letter on Future of Europe and the discussion process launched by the letter. This conference will be a contribution to that process. The conference will also include a theological presentation, panel discussion and opportunity for small group work.

More details on the "Europe - Where Now?" Conference are available by clicking here


VisionJesus said "I have come that you may have life in all its fullness" (John 10:10). Education is integral to the ability to live life in all its fullness; Scotland's churches therefore have a deep and long term interest in education.

"A Christian Vision for Education in Scottish Schools" is an update of a document approved by the nine Member Churches of Action of Churches Together in Scotland in 2008, drawing on work initially developed in 2000. Writing in 2016, much has changed during this period. The challenges of globalisation, rapidly changing information technology and economic uncertainty mean that the debate will never be static; against this the call to live a "life in all its fullness" remains unchanging and just as relevant.

To download a copy of the updated "A Christian Vision for Education in Scottish Schools", please click here 

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