Green MSP Ross Greer hosted a reception with the Moderators of the General Assembly and Youth Assembly of the Church of Scotland to celebrate the Year of Young People and mark the contribution of young people to their faith communities.
The reception was attended by MSPs, those working with young people in churches and other faith communities, members of the Church of Scotland’s National Youth Assembly and others from across the Church of Scotland, other Christian denominations and faith groups such as the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Society.
Ross Greer, the youngest ever MSP, and a member of Church, hosted and opened the reception, at which the main speakers were Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, National Youth Assembly Moderator, Robin Downie, who talked about a recent trip to Palestine, Israel and Jordan and Church youth worker Gigha Lennox, who reflected on a recent trip of young Christians and Muslims from Scotland to Rwanda.
Ross Greer, MSP for the West of Scotland, said: “Young people are at the heart of the Church and every other faith community Scotland, making a huge contribution not just to their faith but to the wider community. In Scotland’s Year of Young People we can not only raise the profile of that work but ensure that young people are genuinely empowered and respected in our society. We are after all, certainly not here to be seen but not heard!
“Having young people from my own congregation along for the evening was a lovely personal experience for me and I hope the event inspired them to play as big a role as they can in our local community. I know they have a lot planned throughout this Year of Young People.”
Church of Scotland Year of Young People reception at the Scottish Parliament. (Left to Right) Robin Downie, Right Rev Dr Derek Browning, Ross Greer MSP and Gigha Lennox Photo Credit: Andrew O’Brien