Meeting Alex Salmond

Another moment in an interesting week was the annual meeting between church leaders and the First Minister.  He’s engaging and very well-informed in dialogue – and generous with his time.  The subjects which the group brought to the conversation were marriage, vulnerable children and Christianity in public space.

Two reflections on the meeting.

One is that this kind of encounter is difficult because it’s hard for others not to assume that all church leaders agree about everything – or that there is a single ‘Christian voice.’  That in itself inhibits dialogue.  The other is that I suspect that politicians are used to people turning up and putting very sharp points – or simply asking for the money.  As you would expect, church leaders arrive and put points which are too nuanced for their own good …

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