ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: August 30, 2017
Reforming the Kirk: A Future for the Church of Scotland
Edited by Doug Gay
Reforming the Kirk is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the Church of Scotland or who wants to understand the deep challenges facing it in contemporary Scotland. The Church of Scotland has had a profound social and cultural influence on all aspects of Scottish life for over 450 years. Yet many feel that times now are harder for the Church than ever before – and that spirits are low. People are asking what has happened to the Church that they have loved, served and belonged to for so long and how the Church can have a strong, vibrant future. The Church’s motto, semper reformanda, means ‘always to be reformed,’ but what kind of reformation is needed now to bring about the future for which so many so long? Doug Gay’s analysis brings a rich blend of historical, theological and cultural understanding to bear on analysing patterns of decline within the context of a secularising Scotland and proposing bold and creative ways for the Kirk to respond.
Doug Gay is a Church of Scotland minister who teaches theology at the University of Glasgow, where he is also Principal of Trinity College. He has been a regular speaker at Greenbelt Festival and is internationally known for his work on emerging church and alternative worship. He is the author of Honey from the Lion (SCM Press 2014) and Remixing the Church (SCM Press 2011).