After the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival and the Year Of Culture, the churches which had worked together so successfully took up Cardinal Thomas Winning’s suggestion that Glasgow should have its own local ’ACTS’. Since then, they have been committed members of Glasgow Churches Together developing increasingly cordial good relations with other churches and with the City Council.
Our current Chair is the Rev Robert Johnston, and our Secretary is Mrs Elspeth Glasgow. We have a Full Committee and a Music and Worship Committee. We liaise with churches which for all sorts of reasons are not yet members. We have organised special events with the City Chambers, marking the St Andrew’s Day and St Margaret’s Day celebrations, the death of Princess Diana, the Clutha Vaults disaster, and the Queen St incident, and most recently the Coronation of King Charles 111. Our regular celebrations include the Annual Blessing of the Crib in George Square, Carols for Peace (in the City Chambers), the St Mungo Festival, St John Ogilvie Feast Day, Glasgow the Welcoming City, Pause for Hope (for cancer sufferers), Racial Justice Sunday, Creation Sunday and Season of CreationWe initiated and continue to support radioalba.org - a computer-based ecumenical radio station.
We organise regular meetings of the Church Leaders. We are represented on the Forum of Faiths, chaired by the Lord Provost, and at the meetings of Glasgow Presbytery and The General Assembly, we also support the work of Interfaith Glasgow/Scotland.
Members: The Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Free Church and the United Reformed Church. Whilst the Baptist Union is not a member, they are represented at the Church Leaders Meeting and at most of our other events.
The Archdiocese of Glasgow is represented on GCT by Mgr. Gerry Fitzpatrick, Canon David Wallace, and Mrs Elizabeth McGettrick.
For more information contact:
- Fr Gerry Fitzpatrick :
- Canon David Wallace :
- Elspeth Glasgow :
Websites you may find useful:
- Glasgow Churches Together : www.glasgowchurches.org.uk
- Action of Churches Together : www.acts-scotland.org
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland : www.ctbi.org.uk