In a letter addressed to the Church of Scotland, King Charles expressed his admiration for the support extended by Christians to impoverished individuals, refugees, and asylum seekers. The letter, read out at the General Assembly during the weekend, revealed the King’s inspiration from the compassionate efforts of the Church of Scotland and other religious organizations. He made a commitment to “safeguard and uphold the rights and privileges of the Church of Scotland” while also expressing gratitude for the numerous condolences received following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, last year. Additionally, he commended the “warmth and dignity” exhibited during the national service of thanksgiving for her life, which took place at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Christian Today reports:
King Charles has written of his admiration for the support being provided by Christians to poor people, refugees and asylum seekers in a letter to the Church of Scotland.
In a letter read out at the General Assembly over the weekend, the King said he was “inspired” by the care being given by the Church of Scotland and other faith groups.
He pledged to “preserve and uphold the rights and privileges of the Church of Scotland”, and expressed thanks for the many condolences paid on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II last year, and the “warmth and dignity” of the national service of thanksgiving for her life that was held in St Giles’ Cathedral, in Edinburgh.
The King went on to address current challenges and the way that the Church is responding.
“We are very conscious at this time of the pain for so many people across the world who are suffering from the vagaries of war and poverty,” he said.
“We are, as ever, inspired by the way in which the Church of Scotland, with other churches and faith communities, has expressed the Gospel imperative to the poor and made the care of refugees and asylum seekers such a priority.”
However the letter acknowledged challenges within[g] the Church as well and said his prayers were with the Kirk as it seeks a way forward.
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