signs of Church of Scotland and Scottish Episcopal Church

The declaration lays the foundations, through a series of acknowledgements and commitments, for the two churches to work together in response to a common calling to minister to the whole people of Scotland.

World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca warmly congratulated the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

This declaration shows that fundamental unity in Christ transcends any disunity over types of church governance, given that contemporary challenges, disunity and division in the church are a distraction from and a hindrance to the effective proclamation of the Gospel,” said Sauca. This example from Scotland is an excellent and very practical example of Christian witness to the entire world.”

Following a one-day conference in Edinburgh, the Saint Andrew Declaration was formally signed in a special service at St Marys Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Saint Andrews Day, 30 November, by the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, and the primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Mark Strange.

The Church of Scotland is a Reformed church with a Presbyterian system of church government. The Scottish Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion. Both are WCC member churches.

Read the full letter from the WCC acting general secretary

Further information:

Church of Scotland

Scottish Episcopal Church

The service will be streamed live from 17:30 (Central European Time). More info here and here.