Monday 8 December 2008
Cardinal welcomes launch of Scottish Churches web site.
Sacred Scotland - Web-site with world appeal
More than 1200 churches of every denomination over the whole of Scotland are
to feature on a new national web -site to be launched by church leaders on
December 10th in Edinburgh.
The project, the most comprehensive of its kind ever undertaken in Scotland,
will be in place for the start of the Year of Homecoming 2009 and is the
work of Scotland's Churches Scheme with funding support from Historic
Scotland and the Church of Scotland.
Every church in the Scheme will have its own detailed entry which can
include updated information on events, special activities and services.
There will be links to individual church web-sites and to national heritage
and visitor sites.
The web- site has been designed and delivered by Greenparka- Graphic
Partners Ltd of Edinburgh for the Scheme, which was set up fifteen years ago
to promote visitor welcome in church buildings and assist congregations to
become more of a focus in their own communities.
The Scheme works across all traditions and, uniquely, has a network of local
representatives in every area providing advice and assistance .
On December 10, at the official launch at Scotland's Storytelling Centre,
the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, The Rt Rev
David Lunan, Cardinal Keith O'Brien of the Roman Catholic Church and the
Most Rev Idris Jones, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church will be
principal guests with representatives from every denomination. Government
Ministers and MSPs will also be present.
Director of SCS, Dr Brian Fraser, said that already over a million people
visit Scotland's religious sites annually and the growth worldwide of
"spiritual tourism" means the services of the Scheme are now in even greater
The Scheme's guide book with full information on member churches has existed
since the Scheme began and further publications are planned,
" The Scheme has reached an exciting point in its development," Dr Fraser
says. " In addition to the comprehensive web -site we will be producing,
with Saint Andrew Press, a series of regional guides to our places of
Responding to the launch, Cardinal Keith O'Brien said;
I am delighted that the Catholic Church has been able to participate so
fully in the Scottish Churches Scheme over the past decade and a half. Many
people at this present time and in the years which lie ahead will have the
opportunity of seeing something of the roots of the Christian faith in our
country through buildings large and small of all our denominations. I am
sure that the new national website will assist the endeavours of all
involved in propagating news of our church buildings which reveal the story
of our faith .
The first three of these, Sacred South West Scotland, Sacred Edinburgh and
Sacred Fife and Forth Valley are due out in the Spring and follow Sacred
Highlands which was published to great acclaim to coincide with the Year of
For further information please contact: Dr Brian Fraser on 01355 302416 or
You are invited to attend the event on Wednesday 10 December -- 5pm in
the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High St Edinburgh.