Independence Referendum

A key topic of conversation for all in 2014 was the Independence Reference which took place on 18 September 2015.  A range of views from across the Church were expressed on this topic.

Click here: The College of Bishops responds to the outcome of the Referendum

Prayers and liturgical material relating to the Referendum have been produced by Actions Together by Churches in Scotland. They can be obtained by clicking here.

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church speaks on Identity in an interview by Mark Hennessy, Irish Times.

Have faith in the future

The Rt Rev Nigel Peyton, Bishop of Brechin, writes about the Independence Referendum for the Dundee Courier.

The Dundee Courier (PDF)

Scottish Independence and how it is being debated

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church recently wrote an opinion article for Scottish Global Forum website on Scottish Independence and the Referendum. You can read it here—bishop-david-on-independence.html

Churches agnostic on independence

Writing for The Church Times in March 2014, The Most Rev David Chillingworth reflects on the questions of identity in relation to Independence and explains why he believes that churches are agnostic on the independence debate.

Churches agnostic on independence – Church Times March 2014

The Most Rev David Chillingworth has written a number of other articles for various newspapers, including:

The Herald (external link)


Its now a Question of Identity (PDF)

This article was first published in the Church Times (

Further comments on the Independence Referendum will continue to be added to this page. 

The Rt. Revd. Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness speaks about the identity of the Church in the context of the questions that Scotland asks of itself:

The Rt Rev Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney, has reflected on the Independence Referendum and respecting other people’s identities in the Press and Journal on Monday 25 August 2014.

Respect other people’s identities (PDF)