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General Assembly 2016

General Assembly – Highlights of the week

The highlights of the General Assembly 2016 are now available through a range of online resources.

World Mission Delegates

World Mission hosts 40 overseas partners at the General Assembly

During the General Assembly World Mission is hosting 40 overseas visitors from partner churches around the world. Four of the visitors spoke to us about some of the challenges they face in their home countries.


Historic ecumenical agreement with Church of England approved

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has unanimously backed a landmark agreement to enter into an historic ecumenical partnership with the Church of England.

Gladys Ramsay

Church celebrates 50 years since first women ordained as elders

The Church of Scotland celebrated 50 years of women's ordination Tuesday with a gathering that included the first woman Moderator and some of the longest-serving women elders from congregations across Scotland.


General Assembly takes stand on fossil fuel investments

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted not to invest in companies whose major business depends on the extraction and saleof the most unclean energy sources.


General Assembly reaffirms position on European Union

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland hasoverwhelmingly backed the case for remaining in the European Union.


General Assembly calls for law amendment to protect children

The Scottish Government is being urged to alter existing law to ensure that it is neveracceptable to beat a child.

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General Assembly votes to support Speak Out: 10,000 voices for change

The General Assembly has voted to support the Church and Society's Speak Out strategy that will guide the Council's work for the next 5-10 years. You can follow the work on the new Speak Out pages on the church website.

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Moderator preaches at St Giles on General Assembly Sunday

The Moderator preached at St Giles on Sunday morning and attended the Heart and Soul festival in Princes Street Gardens in the afternoon. Here is his full sermon.


CrossReach in living wage bid

Socialcare provider CrossReach has been instructed to work with Church of Scotlandtrustees in a bid to secure funding to enable it to pay all of its staff theScottish Living Wage.


New be bold be strong tartan for Kirk Guild

The Church of Scotland Guild has created its own specialtartan - a striking design that reflects its three year strategy motto "bebold, be strong".


New roadshows to discuss future of Kirk

Regional roadshows are to be held across Scotland to give congregations the opportunity to voice their opinions about the future direction of the Church of Scotland.


General Assembly allows ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages

The historic decision by the Church of Scotland to recognise Ministers and Deacons in same-sex civil partnerships has been extended to cover same-sex marriage.


Archbishop of Canterbury to take part in General Assembly debate on Columba Declaration

The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to make history when he becomes the first head of the Church of England to take part in a debate at the Church of Scotland's General Assembly which opens in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Bisek Family

New book tells story of Czech minister forced to flee to Scotland

A new book by a former Czech dissident minister tells how he and his family had to flee to Scotland after being persecuted by the secret police.


Proposal to move General Assembly to June to attract young people

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland could be moved to June in the future under new proposals to try and encourage more young people to attend.


Church dismisses media reports of ‘online baptism’

The Church is not bringing forward plans for 'online baptism', contrary to media headlines ahead of the General Assembly. The Convener of the Legal Questions Committee, Rev George Cowie, says the reporting has presented the most extreme interpretation of what may be discussed.

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Heart and Soul Festival 2016 lines up exciting mix of all-ages entertainment

Two stages of music and entertainment, 65 booths and just a few surprises promise to make for an exciting Heart and Soul Festival 2016.

Joint working group formed with Scottish Episcopal Church

A joint working group is being created to further the common goals shared by the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church. The "Our Common Calling" working group is due to hold its first meeting in the early autumn to take forward the new initiative.


Moderator designate challenges politicians to tackle obscenity of homelessness

The scale of homelessness inScotland is a "damning indictment" on modern society and politicians must domuch more to tackle the problem, a Church leader has said.