United Kingdom-Scotland

By Kesting, Sheilagh M. | The Ecumenical Review, July-October 2006 | Go to article overview

United Kingdom-Scotland


Kesting, Sheilagh M., The Ecumenical Review


SCOTTISH CHURCH INITIATIVE FOR UNION (SCIFU): Church of Scotland [Presbyterian]; Methodist Church; Scottish Episcopal Church; United Reformed Church.

Sheilagh M. Kesting

In 2002 the SCIFU Group published its proposal and circulated it to the churches for their consideration. The final report was an accessible document for use in local and regional church bodies. It presented a picture of an incomplete journey. A Basis and Plan of Union still lay in the future. The report sought agreement on the shape of a united church and a commitment to go forward on that basis to draw up the detailed plan. The Group had set out six recommendations and requested that each Church should give an answer to each one. In this way it would be clear where the sticking points were.

This report called on the four churches

1. to reaffirm their commitment to the goal of full visible unity.

2. to welcome the theological principles of the SCIFU report, which are an expression of that commitment.

3. to approve the SCIFU proposal in general terms as an appropriate model for pursuing full visible unity in Scotland, recognizing that there are many stages in the process.

4. to initiate consultation throughout the life of the four churches, and not excluding other churches, in order to share resources and integrate structures, grasping the opportunities arising from the many changes currently occurring in all of them.

5. to promote and facilitate the piloting of the model locally and more widely where relations between any of the participating churches are sufficiently developed

6. to continue the search for full visible unity through a new group appointed by the four churches with the remit to complete the unfinished business of the SCIFU proposal and prepare a Basis & Plan of Union.

The Scottish Synod of the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland accepted all six with no significant opposition. The Methodist Conference and the United Reformed Church General Assembly accepted the Scottish decisions. The Church of Scotland opted not to put the recommendations one by one but to put the whole report to its Assembly for acceptance. The report was overwhelmingly rejected and the decision was taken to withdraw from the talks forthwith. It was to be a further year before discussion in the Episcopal Church dioceses were brought to the General Synod. The Scottish Episcopal Church accepted recommendations 1 and 2 and amended 4 to include a reference to "not excluding other churches". It did not accept 3, 5 or 6 but did agree to "fostering and deepening relationships both locally and nationally with all denominations in Scotland, and, in particular with the Methodist and United Reformed Churches".

The debate in the Church of Scotland was hostile. An attempt to accept the first five recommendations and not the sixth received little support. From the responses it was clear that the SCIFU Group had not succeeded in allaying Presbyterian fears about bishops. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

United Kingdom-Scotland
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.