Church announces event to promote Gaelic language and worship

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The Moderator Designate of the Church of Scotland is calling for the Church to embrace imaginative new initiatives to promote the use of Gaelic.

Rev. Dr Angus Morrison will speak at a conference in Glasgow on March 21st to encourage the use of the Gaelic language in the Church. He is urging those with an interest in promoting the Gaelic language within the Church to register for the event.

Dr Morrison is a Gaelic speaker, one of the Church’s champions of the language and a member of the Church’s Gaelic Group. He will take up the position of Moderator at the General Assembly in May.

Other speakers who have been confirmed include Margaret Mary Murray, who is Head of Service at BBC Alba, and the Rev John Urquhart, who has been developing contemporary and traditional Gaelic worship materials in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye.

Dr Morrison hopes the one day conference at St George’s Tron church in Glasgow will inspire ‘new and imaginative thought ‘ about the use of Gaelic within the Church.

He said: “I trust and pray it will be significant event and a major catalyst in promoting the use of the Gaelic language as an immensely rich part of our national, cultural and church inheritance.

“We are inviting anyone with an interest in promoting the Gaelic language in the Church to register their attendance at this event.”

“We believe the time is now opportune to encourage new initiatives in promoting the use of Gaelic both in the context of traditional worship services and in imaginative ways that take account of the developing needs of the Gaelic-speaking, and Gaelic-learning, community in Scotland.”

“The conference will give concerted and concentrated thought to issues relating to the future development of Gaelic in the Church. Well-known and experienced speakers will address different aspects of relevant Gaelic provision including worship, broadcast media, print, literature and resources.

“Ample opportunity will be provided for discussion and input from all delegates.”

The conference will be held on Saturday March 21st at Glasgow St George’s Tron Church, in Buchanan Street, from 10am to 4pm. Those interested in attending should email

Pictured is Rev. Dr Angus Morrison.