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Decision by well-off congregation ignores the needs of the worst off

The article on the saddening news that St George's Tron is to leave the Church of Scotland does not mention the economic and practical effect of this move on the church's work nationally and internationally ("Church in split to be taken to court", June 16).

As the national church we have a distinctive call and duty to bring the ordinances of religion to the people in every parish of Scotland through a territorial ministry.

The majority of the Church of Scotland's income is from the donations of members. Each congregation pays a proportion of its income to central funds which are used to provide ministry in the widest sense across the country and beyond, the rich supporting the poor.

Small rural congregations, priority areas and a multitude of projects ranging from work with addicts, asylum seekers and elderly services to youth work and education all depend on the generosity of congregations.

It is ironic that some of the church's ongoing work in counselling and with addictions was begun by Rev Tom Allan, a much-respected former minister of St George's Tron.

In separating themselves from the Church of Scotland, the minister and elders of this well-off congregation are choosing to ignore not only their ordination vows but the needs across this country at a time of financial crisis.

I wonder how the minister and elders can claim the moral high ground on biblical authority when Jesus had much more to say about the use of money and possessions than he ever did about marriage and sexual matters.

Rev Catherine EE Collins,

Broughty Ferry New Kirk,

25 Ballinard Gardens, Broughty Ferry.

When passing St George's Tron Church I noticed a large display board just inside the door which proclaimed: "Everyone welcome". The phrase "but not if you're gay" should perhaps have been added.

Sandra Malcolm,

34 Randolph Gate,

Glasgow.

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