Leaders of ten church groups yesterday met with Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, for their annual discussion of issues facing society and the church.
Topics discussed included the church leaders’ serious concerns about child poverty, fostering and kinship care.
Rev John Humphreys, moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland, was among those who took part in the meeting.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: “This annual meeting provided, once again, an opportunity for me to thank senior representatives of Scotland’s churches for their commitment to supporting our communities. It also provided an opportunity to hear their views on a range of issues, the issues being discussed in and out of churches the length and breadth of Scotland.
“The issues that concern the churches are issues that concern government – such as how we can best deliver better lives for vulnerable children, particularly those growing up in relative poverty. I am very much aware of the efforts of the churches in this area and their experiences do, and will continue to, inform our approach.
“Scotland is a better place because it is home to a number of faiths – and I am clear that people should be able to express their faith openly and proudly.”