Kieran Turner

Kieran Turner

Kieran joined the Evangelical Alliance Scotland team in 2012. Prior to this he worked for MSPs at the Scottish parliament for three years, with spells in both Edinburgh and Inverness. Before this he spent a number of years working in youth and community work in the housing estates of his native Glasgow. Kieran helps the Evangelical Alliance connect with politicians in Holyrood and local government, connects with national and local media, and also provides support and encouragement to churches, organisations and individual Christians trying to engage with wider Scottish society.

Lockdown latest: Scottish Government September update

24 September 2020This last month has seen some significant opening up of activities that many churches undertake with guidance published for a variety of sectors including youth and children’s work, community learning and development (that incorporates education), outdoor events and running meetings for the recovery community. It can be a confusing and fast changing picture. The key distinction being made by government just now is between informal social interaction and formal, organised activities in what…

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Hate crime and public order (Scotland) update

24 September 2020We want to encourage engagement with this bill and would encourage you to contact your MSPs to raise any concerns. However, in a highly charged media and social media environment it is also important to be clear about the what the bill does and does not do, where the concerns are, and how to most usefully get involved. What the hate crime bill does Hate Crime is any crime that is committed against a person that relates to a ‘protected characteristic’ for example race, religion, sexual…

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Emerging from lockdown in Scotland – August update

24 August 2020However, there have also been a number of recent announcements that are of relevance to churches in relation to face coverings, Sunday schools, recovery meetings, advice services and youth work as restrictions continue to lift. This article should be read in conjunction with relevant Scottish Government guidance for each area as well as the Evangelical Alliance’s emerging from lockdown guidance and FAQs. Face coverings Face coverings are now mandatory in almost all indoor settings in…

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Emerging from lockdown in Scotland

20 July 2020This week saw the biggest step yet to reopening church buildings in Scotland as places of worship were permitted to reopen for corporate gatherings of up to 50 people from Wednesday 15th July. This is very positive news and is earlier than originally planned by the Scottish Government. Following some significant engagement with the government (from the Evangelical Alliance and others) this brings the date for churches broadly in line with other indoor buildings in sectors such as hospitality,…

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Scottish Government Route Map – Phase 3 planning update

30 June 2020On 24th June Nicola Sturgeon announced a series of indicative dates in preparation for moving into Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map out of lockdown, due to begin on 9th July. With new cases of coronavirus now at a very low level in Scotland, potential dates for Phases 3 & 4 have been significantly accelerated. This has included plans for schools to now open full time in August with no social distancing requirements. We are writing this piece to keep our members informed…

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Scottish Government supporting communities funding

20 May 2020With more details here and here, this is a summary of what has been made available: £350m fund to support welfare and wellbeing £95m to local authorities: £50m in Barnett consequentials from the UK Government’s hardship fund directly to local authorities; £45m added to the Scottish Welfare Fund (for community grants and crisis grants available to those in immediate need)£70m Food Fund for organisations in public, private and voluntary sectors to address food insecurity especially for older…

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Scottish Christian charities offer support to Scottish Government

17 April 2020Working with the local church in communities across Scotland, the charities which include Christians Against Poverty, Glasgow City Mission and Bethany Christian Trust, expressed willingness to work strategically in partnership with the Scottish Government and agencies at every level to ensure the best possible national response at this time. The twelve signatories work and resource the church in a variety of different areas including dealing with poverty and personal debt, delivering food and…

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Brexit: Is it an opportunity for the church?

30 January 2020Whether you are passionately celebrating, or convinced we are making a terrible mistake, or just plain fed up with the whole thing, there is no doubt that this is a significant moment in our recent national history. Brexit, it appears, does indeed mean Brexit.After so many words have been written on this topic it can be hard to know what else to add. Indeed, one of the features of this week has been the understated nature of the leaving. Save for the declarations of love in the European…

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Getting in the festive spirit

14 December 2019If there’s one thing elections and the run up to Christmas have in common, it’s noise. Vast quantities of noise. This time we’ve had a double whammy. And just like the election I’m sure there’s many of us longing for the silent peace of Christmas day. The day when the shopping is done (though even that now increasingly happens online), no more parties can happen, presents wrapped or cards be written. And there is peace. No trains. No shops. No noise outside. Just peace.This Christmas we’ll…

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Stand up for freedom

18 February 2019The Scottish Government is in the process of developing new hate crime legislation and has asked citizens to respond with their thoughts on what shape these new laws should take. At the Evangelical Alliance, we believe that malicious crime is abhorrent, and we want to ensure that the law effectively protects people from it. But, without care, hate crime legislation could end up failing to protect people, especially where freedoms of speech, expression and religion are concerned. That’s why we…

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Haters going to hate?

25 October 2018If you’ve been around Scotland in the last few weeks you may have seen one of the posters from the new One Scotland ‘Dear Haters’ anti-hate crime campaign funded by the Scottish Government and backed by Police Scotland. If you’ve seen one, you won’t forget it: they are punchy and hard-hitting, starting with phrases like ‘Dear Racists’ and signing off on behalf of the whole of Scotland with the phrase ‘Yours, Scotland’. The posters are designed around each of the protected characteristics,…

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