New minister at the Old Parish Church
The new minister at Rutherglen Old Parish Church has expressed his hope it can provide a spiritual foundation for people.
Rev Calum MacLeod recently started at the church, becoming their first minister in over five years.
A native of the Outer Hebridean island of Berneray, he had previously served as minister at Cardonald Parish Church while his wife Ada serves as minister at Toryglen Parish Church.
He said: “We want to provide people with a spiritual dimension to their lives that is not available anywhere else, and provide them with faith that can help though tough times.
“We need to be true to Christ and true to the message of the Gospel. That means helping those less privileged in society, trying to make the community more compassionate.
“The Church has a rich history, or you might say baggage, and it can’t pretend to be something that it is not. So it should continue to tell the story of the gospel, and encourage other people to share in the vales of Christ.
“I feel quite honoured and proud to be a minister here.”
However the new minister would not support gay marriage in the church, a hot button topic for the church as a whole.
He said: “I’m sympathetic towards people but I’m afraid I am a traditionalist with such things.”
The minister was speaking at the church’s Thoughtful Thursday event, something he hopes will continue to connect the church with the wider community.
A self-confessed “computer geek” and regular Twitter user, he added that he’s always interested in debating issues.
“I do like to pull people’s legs and get them to agree to a position, then go well, what about this?’
“However, the pulpit should not be political, it is not my primary function.”
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Islander Rev Calum MacLeod is a native of Berneray