Publications, Reports and Articles

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Article: SRT Project at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016

The SRT Project ran a very successful event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on April 6, based on our recent investigations into Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty. Chaired by Sarah Boyack, former Minister for the Environment, it took the form of a panel discussion featuring three experts whose knowledge and experience have been particularly influential in shaping the thinking of our group. Read More

Article: Bridging the gap

The SRT Project's Policy Officer Dr Murdo Macdonald shares stories of churches and church-centered organisations which are closing the digital divide for some of Scotland's poorest communities. Read More

Article: Energy, Climate Change and Fuel Poverty

One of the SRT Working Groups is currently looking at Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty, with the aim of reporting to the 2016 General Assembly. This is a highly topical and fast-moving subject. In the past few months there have been very significant developments, such as the UK Government’s plans to terminate renewable energy subsidies and the announced closure of Longannet power station. All of this is against the backdrop of Paris this December, when over 190 countries will meet at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. The urgent challenge is to negotiate a deal which will limit emissions from developed countries and help developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change and develop low carbon economies. Read More

Article: SRT Project Activity Jun - Nov 15

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Article: Christ and Creation: Scientists in Congregations Scotland Conference 29 & 30 Aug 2015

On 29th-30th August 2015 a major conference in St Andrews on “Christ and Creation" was organised by Scientists in Congregations Scotland ( and was funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. This conference brought together a group of top-flight scientists, biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers to speak to a group of Pastors, Scientists and Academics from all over Scotland. Read More

Article: SRT Project Activity Dec 14 - May 15

Find out what the SRT Project have been working on over the last six months. Read More

Report: Transplantation – Opting-in or opting- out for organ and tissue donation? May 2015

The Church of Scotland, along with many other faith groups, encourages organ and tissue donation. Currently in Scotland the system for organ and tissue donation involves an active “opt-in”, requiring a person to sign up to the organ donation register. An alternative “opt-out” model soon to be introduced in Wales means that an individual's organs are presumed to available for transplantation unless they have indicated otherwise. Read More

Article: Water and the Bible

I've had a lifetime's fascination with water, twelve of the best years being in India digging or drilling for it so people could get clean water, and building small dams so that rainwater could be saved for the dry months. The sight of children dancing for joy when a bore-hole strikes water in a dry area and cascades over them us unforgettable. Today water is the world's most critical resource. Water security and justice are rapidly becoming priorities for the sustainability of life on earth, so I still think about water a lot ... Read More

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