The Church of Scotland has announced that it will not be taking an official corporate position on Scottish independence or the question of whether another referendum should be held.
The last time a referendum was held on Scottish independence was in 2014 when Scots voted to remain in the Union by 55% to 45%.
A ruling by the UK Supreme Court currently prevents the Scottish government from holding an independence referendum without the consent of Westminster, but the question of a second referendum continues to be widely debated and is a key commitment of the ruling SNP.
The Church of Scotland General Assembly, meeting in Edinburgh this week, has backed a recommendation by the Faith Impact Forum that it refrain from taking sides.
The Kirk has instead reaffirmed the policy position it adopted 10 years ago to remain…