MP Joanna Cherry attended a national church assembly this week openly voicing her support for the Meet Your MP project.
The MP for Edinburgh South West appeared at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland with Rev Michael Mair who told the audience what a privilege it was for her to be involved in the life of the church community.
After the day’s debate Ms Cherry, shadow SNP spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs, praised the efforts of the Meet Your MP project and the aim of bringing churches and their political representatives closer together.
“Meet Your MP is great for the churches and the MPs, and I am delighted that it is also ecumenical so that all churches can get involved.
“In my experience, quite often the movers and shakers in communities can be located in faith communities so it is really important for parliamentarians to get to know them.
“People like Michael are at the heart of their communities and making change for their community.”
She added that the “fantastic” project was one that she encouraged other MPs to get involved in and was very worthwhile.
The church is a centre of activity
Rev Michael Mair is minister at St David’s Church in Broomhouse and Ms Cherry said that it was the place to be if you wanted to know what was going on in the local area.
“Being invited to events by Michael has been a great way for me to get to know the local community. He works very closely with the local primary schools and community centre on outreach initiatives.
“The church is a centre of activity and volunteering.
“When I was elected three years ago, Michael got in touch with me and has been a great support to me, offering prayers on occasion which I have really appreciated. For all candidates in an election, he will send round a nice message saying he is praying for us all.”
In turn, Mr Mair described Miss Cherry as a “phenomenal” MP.
“She responds well to the requests of constituents and she turns up to community events which means people have a face to put a name to,” he added.
“I am very grateful for everything she does for the people of Broomhouse.”
Ms Cherry has also been approached by Craiglockhart Parish Church who will be holding a Meet Your MP event for the community on Thursday 23 August.
Ms Cherry attended the General Assembly in Edinburgh to hear the report of the Church and Society Council, which covers the political and social affairs of the Kirk. She said she was very impressed by the content of the Council’s report and the “incisive but very respectful” debate on a wide range of issues discussed such as the future of Palestine and unlawful killings in Gaza, and the strong stance take to support the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.