Welcome to the website of Christians For Independence, the group for Christians who support Scottish Independence.
Our latest news:
Route to Independence
Like other independence-supporting organisations, we have been discussing the Route to Independence: what will work in the current political situation, and how can we achieve this? Dave Thompson, our Convener, has drawn up our agreed and preferred Route to Independence, taking into account revisions suggested at our last two members’ meetings. You can read the Route to Independence here, and we welcome comments on it.
Dave has been interviewed about the CFI Route to Independence by the Indy Podcasters; as soon as the podcast is available online, we will give a link to it.
Talk by Rev Dr Doug Gay
On Saturday 23rd September we hosted a talk by Rev Dr Doug Gay on “What just happened? Reflections on a difficult year”.
Dr Gay is a senior lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow and a prominent independence supporter. His address dealt with the need for integrity and co-operation in politics and on how we can ahieve independence. The event was filmed by the Indy Podcasters, and you can watch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/PTJVHdk9pbU. The audio version is also available as a podcast from the Indy Podcasters’ website: https://scottishindypod.scot/grassroots-indy-campaign/what-just-happened-2/, and from Apple, Google and Podbean.
The event was held in the Renfield Centre in Glasgow and was chaired by our Convener, Dave Thompson.
Many of our members took part in the march and rally for independence on 2nd September in Edinburgh. It was organised by Believe in Scotland and Yes for EU and was attended by around 25,000 people. Marches are an important way to show both Scots and the rest of the world that we still firmly intend to regain our independence as soon as possible. And by joining in such events, Christians for Independence demonstrate our strong belief that only when our country is free from Westminster rule will it be able to implement the Christian policies which will bring justice, fairness, equality, compassion and prosperity to all our people.
Our AGM was held by Zoom on Wednesday 28th June. We heard reports on the last year’s activities and accepted the accounts for last year, and discussed plans for the future. Elections were held for office-bearers and committee members (see our About Us page for details).
Independence Forum Scotland
Christians for Independence is joining the new Independence Forum Scotland, with our Convener Dave Thompson as our representative. This is a new body which aims to unite the independence movement, set up a National Convention to try to achieve independence and, by means of working groups, deal with all aspects of establishing an independent state. It is not party-political and membership is composed of civic and grassroots bodies. We are very pleased to be a part of this promising new organisation.
CFI at Alba party conference
We held a fringe event at the Alba party conference on Saturday 13th May in the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. This took the form of a talk by CFI Convener Dave Thompson on Religion and Politics – a Christian perspective. Dave is a former MSP and an elder in the Church of Scotland.
The meeting was chaired and prayers offered by Rev Edward Andrews.
The subject of the talk is one which has caused considerable controversy recently. A lively discussion after the talk showed a variety of views on how people with a religious faith can take part in politics. Among the
audience we were pleased to welcome Alba General Secretary Chris McEleny, who is one of our members.
We also had a stall, which was visited by many conference delegates. Thanks to all who came to speak to us and got copies of our booklet Scotland the Nation – a Christian case for independence. And welcome to the new members who joined us!