Althing debate to focus on the church

Next weekend’s Althing debate will hark back to the organisation’s early days, with a discussion on churches.

The motion “Churches for sale – da kirk is no longer relevant” will be debated.

The topic harks back to the first ever debate on 11th November 1950, which was “Empty pews! Is the church responsible?”

Speakers will include Chris Horrix, Donald Murray and Barbara Dinnage.

The other two debates for this season have also been set.

Shetland’s dependency on the private car will be the focus of discussion on 18th February.

The topic for March, meanwhile, will be: The 1970s – we never had it so good.

All debates take place in the Lerwick Town Hall.


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  • Dr. Janet Tulloch

    • January 15th, 2023 16:59

    Why not turn “empty” churches into generic spiritual centres? Remove the pews to create space for people to meditate or have discussions about what spirituality means to them? We need a whole new approach to practices of morality, ethics, and spirituality for the individual and in community.

  • Richard oliver

    • February 11th, 2023 19:31

    I think a spiritual centre where locals and visitors could benefit all things spiritual ,a spiritual church with healing center would be a great benefit to all.Shetland is after all spiritual and a space for maybee local events with a cup of tea would not go amiss.


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