Press and Media

Closed Doors, Open Communities
• Logos Scotland calls on Scottish Government to introduce a Faith Commissioner
• Covid showed that faith leaders must be designated as key workers
In this first report from Logos Scotland, we highlight the role of faith communities during the Covid
pandemic, calling on the Scottish Government to consider introducing a Faith Commissioner in Scotland as
well as designating faith leaders as key workers.
Throughout the Covid pandemic churches and faith communities were central to the delivery of essential
services – studies have shown that 87% of churches contacted isolated and vulnerable people, 73%
provided pastoral support, 53% assisted with shopping and 66% offered telephone befriending schemes.
Over 90 % (91%) of local authorities, many of whom started working with churches for the first time.
said that that their experience of partnership was very positive or positive and 76% expect that those
relationships will now continue.