The future of religion in Scotland will be discussed in a public conversation between one of the country’s top experts on faith and one of its most senior politicians.
Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the School of Divinity, will be in conversation with Mike Russell MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.
The event is free but ticketed
Wednesday 7 May 2014, 6.00pm
Wednesday 7 May 2014, 7.30pm
George Square Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LK
The event will cover the constitutional changes Scottish independence could bring and what it could mean to the church in Scotland and other faith communities.
Should religion still matter in Scotland? We have a national church, but are we a religious country? Beyond faith groups, these questions are not being asked. As the referendum on independence approaches this event is a great chance to examine the role of faith in the future of Scotland.
Professor Siddiqui and the Cabinet Secretary will discuss the place of faith schools in the public space, ask whether Scotland is a more religiously inclusive society than elsewhere in the UK, and debate whether Scotland can still be called a Christian country.
They will also look at how religious faith may influence voters’ decisions in September’s referendum on Scottish independence.