The Moderator of the Presbytery of Lochcarron and Skye has spoken out after media reports describing the Church of Scotland as a ‘Kirk in crisis’.
The reports followed news that two Church of Scotland Ministers, both with connections to the Western Isles, intend to leave and join the Free Church.
Rev David Kella said: “‘Kirk in crisis’! That’s where our enemies would like to think we are. No, we’re not. We are a little out of breath because so many things have happened all at once, but not in crisis.
“David Macleod and Roddy MacRae have left us for a church which everyone could see is their natural home.”
Rev Kellas continued: “We are a little out of breath. But Noah has not yet walked off the Ark nor has the shepherd abandoned his sheep in the spooky glen!”
He added: “I am proud to be in a Church wherein all parties have moved away from fear and hostility in relation to the different sexualities which God has given folk, though we are not at all in agreement about the practical consequences of that.”
Six Uist Church of Scotland charges are vacant, while in Lochcarron and Skye of the nine charges only Portree has a full time minister. Tarbert church of Scotland is also currently without a Minister however a spokesman said action is being taken to address the situation and congregations are still being supported by interim moderators and locum ministers while full time ministers are sought.