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SCPO News
November 2019
Church leaders call for truthfulness in political debate
Ten Scottish church leaders have joined together in calling for a respectful tone in the ongoing political debate - that recognises the human value in all people. As campaigning enters the final three weeks before the General Election, the leaders have urged people to think of the many issues that unite rather than divide. To read the statement click below.
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General Election 2019 resources
Resources produced for the 2019 General Election are available on the SCPO website including policy briefings on Poverty in the UK, Climate Change, Future of the UK, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Brexit and Britain in the World.
If you are holding a hustings, we have also produced a guide on practicalities, regulations and the type of meeting you might choose to hold.
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Hustings 2019
Is your church / church group holding a hustings meeting in advance of the General Election? Please see above for any guidance required, and contact SCPO if you would like further publicity over social media.
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Legislation
For the latest information on legislation going through the Scottish Parliament click here
All petitions in the Scottish Parliament can be viewed here
All petitions in the UK Parliament can be viewed here
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Brexit
Brexit remains a live issue for many around the General Election and beyond. A number of denominations have created resources for use in worship and in  informal settings such as over a shared meal.
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Consultations
Public consultations are published by the Scottish Parliament and by the Scottish Government and include the following:
  • Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill  End date: 31 January 2020
  • The Convener of the Safeguarding Committee at the Church of Scotland gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill on Wednesday 6 November. The Bill will make changes to the disclosure and PVG schemes and the church's evidence focused on the implications of these changes for volunteers.
Social Security Scotland have produced a FactSheet on the welfare benefits that are now administered in Scotland. This can be accessed here
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Christian Aid Advent Hymn
On Sunday 1 December, Christian Aid Scotland are inviting churches across the country to lift their voices in song and raise life-changing funds - to help mothers across the world break free from poverty.

On 'Christmas Aid Sunday',  congregations are asked to sing the hymn, 'When out of Poverty is Born', donate their offering to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, and post their efforts on social media with the hashtag #ChristianAidCarol. For more on the Appeal click here and to watch a beautiful rendition of the hymn, click below.
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16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November-10 December) is an international campaign coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and used by activists around the world as an organising strategy to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. It is run by more than 6,000 organisations in 187 countries, including churches and faith groups.

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We would like to invite denominations to contribute articles for future monthly newsletters. Please contact SCPO here if this is something that you would be interested in doing. It could relate to an issue that is politically current or tie in with events highlighting a specific cause.

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