Church of Scotland: New Moderator, Rt Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, is right about today's challenges and how to meet them – Angus Robertson
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I extend warm congratulations to the Rt Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, who has been elected the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Reverend Foster-Fulton has a significant and important experience, notably having led Christian Aid in Scotland since 2016. Prior to this, she worked in parishes, hospital chaplaincy, and was convener of the former Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland from 2012 to 2016.
Taking on the role, Rt Reverend Foster-Fulton has said she is “beyond humbled, inexpressibly honoured and more than a wee bit excited”, feelings familiar to those of us taking on roles in Scotland’s many institutions and organisations. The new Moderator said she had gone a “bit rogue” in choosing to wear a ‘piper green’ jacket, based on the traditional moderatorial jacket. Green is the liturgical colour for ordinary times. She said she wished to point out that ordinary times are, in fact, extraordinary, and today’s challenges demonstrate this.
“There are hefty challenges facing the Church of Scotland, there are monumental challenges facing the world and the church is not exempt,” added the Moderator. “It has been the grit, the determination and the hopeful imagination of individuals and communities who have risen together to those challenges.”
This is certainly true, and it is incumbent on all of us representing people and communities in Scotland to work together to solve them. I wish Moderator Foster-Fulton well in her tenure and look forward to continuing work with the Church of Scotland and all faith communities in Edinburgh and beyond.
Angus Robertson is the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central and Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Secretary