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Historic bid to train ministers
Dingwall (Picture by Undiscovered Scotland)
Dingwall is the setting for UHI's theology college
The first new provider of training for Kirk ministers in 77 years could be approved by its general assembly.

The Church of Scotland's ministries council is to ask the assembly to award the Highlands and Islands higher education institute, UHI, the status.

If given the go-ahead, UHI's Highland Theological College (HTC) would join universities in training Kirk recruits.

It would be the first approved provider of academic training for the ministry since 1929.

Distant learning

The General Assembly will meet from 20 to 26 May.

The recommendation from the ministries council follows the 2005 general assembly, where the council was instructed to review the work of the HTC with a view to awarding approved status.

The Church of Scotland said one of the advantages of HTC was that its training focuses on distant learning.

It means recruits do not have to relocate to the college's base in Dingwall, Ross-shire, but can learn from their places of work.

In the past there were some concerns within the Kirk over the breadth of the theological curriculum on offer at HTC.

But following its review, the council said it had no reservations in recommending the college for approved status.




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