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Moderator says Guild should teach about love

Lynne McNeil reports from the Guild’s annual gathering, which took place in Dundee in September.

THE MODERATOR of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has called for the Church’s Guild and congregations to become ‘schools of love’.

Speaking at the Guild’s annual gathering at the Caird Hall in Dundee and echoing this year’s theme of ‘Go in Love’, the Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning said the US writer Brian McLaren had suggested that one way of helping churches today was for organisations such as the Guild and congregations to become ‘schools of love’.

He said: “Stop and think about it, and I know that many congregations and Guilds are doing thousands of other things, but have you every wondered ‘who specialises in teaching people to love? Who aims to take people at every age and ability level and help them become the most loving version of themselves possible. There is no curriculum of love. We test people’s beliefs before we ordain them, or make them Guild Conveners, or Moderators, but we don’t assess whether they embody the skills and practices of love.”

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