MSP project praised for ‘breaking down barriers’

The Meet Your MSP project has been recognised by the Scottish Parliament for breaking down barriers between politicians and local churches.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament this week commending the ‘Meet Your MSP’ initiative from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office (SCPO).

She urged the parliament to congratulate the project for achieving over 65 meetings between MSPs and churches since its inception in July 2016.

She also commended the project for “continuing to pursue meaningful relationships and break down barriers between politicians and local churches”.

The motion applauded those who have taken part so far and who will do so in future months.

Ms Forbes added: “This is only the beginning of the process that will lead to stronger local communities in the future.”

The motion received cross party support and can be read here.

SCPO works with churches across Scotland including the Church of Scotland, and the Meet Your MSP project encourages local churches and church groups to contact their constituency and regional MSPs. This could be an invite to an organised event or a project they are involved or, or even just a cup of tea in the local area.

Irene MacKinnon, Research and Resource Development Officer at SCPO, said:

“I am delighted that MSPs across Scotland have taken part in this project and continue to do so over the coming months. The enthusiasm displayed by both MSPs and churches to meet up, talk and build new relationships has been inspiring, and the possibilities going forward are exciting.

“Relationships have begun that will hopefully benefit and inform both sides as time passes, barriers will continue to be broken down, and communities will become stronger as a result.”

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