Frequently Asked Questions

What has politics and the Scottish Parliament got to do with churches?

Churches have a passionate commitment to the well being of the nation. Putting that into practice takes many forms both locally and nationally, and faith doesn’t only relate to a religion but to practical caring. The churches wish to share their experience, vision and values and contribute to the decision-making process that shapes communities in Scotland.

How can you speak for all these different churches and groups?

The task of the SCPO is to enable the voices of Scotland’s churches to be heard. Sometimes the churches are of one mind – working and speaking out together, but there are times when there are a range of voices to be heard.

What about other religions?

The SCPO is in touch with other faith communities in Scotland – some receive our briefings and share in meetings, but they will speak for themselves. Sometimes we will act together in mutual support.