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’Symbols of inclusion and hope’

The new Queensferry Crossing was blessed by the Moderator of the General Assembly when it was opened in September reports Thomas Baldwin.


The Moderator meets the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and the Queen

THE Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland joined the Queen and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon for the opening of the new bridge across the Firth of Forth on September 4.

The Rt Rev Derek Browning said that bridges were ‘symbols of inclusion and hope’ as he blessed the Queensferry Crossing before it was formally opened by the Queen.

The ceremony took place 53 years to the day since the Queen had opened the Forth Road Bridge, an event attended by Dr Browning as a two-year-old.

He said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be involved in this wonderful event.

Bridges are about connecting, they overcome barriers, bring people together and span divides.

“For people of faith, bridges remind us that faith is also called to connect people, overcome barriers and span divides. “Bridges help us to be people of possibility, reaching out in faith across chasms of fear, loneliness, intolerance and prejudice, and to do this in the name of Jesus who did the same things.

“In a world where people are often isolated, we should not build walls, we should build bridges. We should not shut out, we should welcome in.

“If we want to be true to our faith in Jesus, be part of a bridge that reaches out.”

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