Church lead­ers meet MSP Clare

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church con­tin­ued their Meet the MSP se­ries re­cently by wel­com­ing Clare Haughey MSP to the church.

Rev John Sanderson, min­is­ter of Ruther­glen URC, and Rev David Pick­er­ing, mod­er­a­tor of the Na­tional Synod of Scot­land of the URC, in­vited Clare to meet with them in the URC’s Ruther­glen church so that they could in­tro­duce them­selves to her and dis­cuss both her role as a con­stituency MSP and a num­ber of is­sues that were of con­cern to them.

The con­ver­sa­tion cov­ered a di­verse range of top­ics in­clud­ing home­less­ness, tax­a­tion, the NHS and road sig­nage, as each shared some­thing of their vi­sion for Scot­land.

Clare Haughey said: “It was fan­tas­tic to meet the church lead­ers and hear about the con­cerns of the lo­cal mem­bers of the United Re­formed Church.

“Ruther­glen has strong faith com­mu­ni­ties, and meet­ing Rev Sanderson and Rev Pick­er­ing from the URC was an op­por­tu­nity to hear the con­cerns of both the lo­cal church and of the Mod­er­a­tor of the URC in Scot­land”

John Sanderson ex­pressed both his, and David’s, ap­pre­ci­a­tion that Clare had met with them.

He added: “It’s al­ways good to meet peo­ple face to face.

“You not only get to know them as a per­son but you also get a valu­able in­sight into the things they are pas­sion­ate about within our so­ci­ety.

“Hope­fully hav­ing made this ini­tial link we can now build on that as the church seeks to play its part in shap­ing the fu­ture of this won­der­fully di­verse and so­cially com­pas­sion­ate na­tion.”

The Meet Your MSP ini­tia­tive, which was cre­ated by the Scot­tish Par­lia­men­tary churches of­fice, seeks to build links be­tween the con­gre­ga­tions and elected mem­bers of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Good to talk Clare Haughey MSP with Rev. John Sanderson and

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