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Theologian calls for reform and renewal

Thomas Baldwin outlines some of the radical proposals for change in the church made in this year’s series of Chalmers Lectures.

A leading Scottish theologian has called for widespread reforms in the Church of Scotland, if it is to arrest the decline in membership.

Among the Rev Dr Doug Gay’s proposals were radical changes to minister and elder recruitment, the management of church finances and wholesale reform of presbytery and central structures.

Dr Gay, principal of Trinity College at the University of Glasgow, made the proposals during the Chalmers Lectures in Edinburgh in February.

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Inside this month’s issue we have an unexpected Easter Feast, Jolyon Mitchell considers the impact and influence of art in telling the story of Emmaus and opening eyes. Tim Porter highlights the work of the Halo Trust, a charity involved in a key project to improve access to the site of Jesus' baptism.