Church leader praises ‘positive experience’ of Meet Your MSP

A Scottish church leader is urging congregations across Scotland to take part in the Meet Your MSP project after he recently took part himself.

Rev David Pickering, URC Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland, is based in Rutherglen and along with the local URC minister Rev John Sanderson, they met a trio of MSPs including Johann Lamont, James Kelly and Adam Tomkins at Rutherglen URC.

In their meeting with the Labour MSPs, the subjects of social care, taxation and homelessness were raised, and in their conversation with Conservative Glasgow MSP Adam Tomkins, they touched on foodbanks, growing the economy and carers.

Rev Pickering said: “It is really good for churches to engage with politicians in a personal way to share their concerns.

“We are grateful for the Meet Your MSP project and I encourage each of our churches to engage with their local MSPs. It is important to share our aspirations with our local politicians.”

The meetings took place at Rutherglen URC where Rev John Sanderson is the minister.

Rev Sanderson said: “Initially I had reservations about the project – I wasn’t sure what would come out of it. But this has been a positive experience for me. It’s good to meet MSPs face to face in an informal setting. You see a more human side to people.

“It was good to raise concerns that I had received from members of the church before our meeting, and be able to do that face to face. I appreciated that the MSPs took the time out to meet with us, and it is an opportunity to build on that human connection.”

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(l-r) Rev John Sanderson, Adam Tomkins MSP and URC Moderator Rev David Pickering