Theological Forum

The Theological Forum was established by the General Assembly to resource, express, and challenge the theology that informs the life and work of the Church. Its remit is:

a) To articulate and develop the doctrinal understanding of the Church in accordance with Holy Scripture and with reference to the confessional standards of the Church of Scotland

b) To express the theological vision of the Church in its worship, fellowship, witness, and mission in and beyond contemporary Scotland

c) To respond to particular theological requests as and when these arise from the General Assembly, the Council of Assembly, and the ecumenical partners of the Church

d) To draw to the attention of the General Assembly theological matters which the Theological Forum considers to be of pressing contemporary relevance

e) To stimulate wider theological reflection throughout the Church on key doctrinal, ethical, and apologetic matters through the provision of appropriate materials and other activities

Following an instruction received from the 2018 General Assembly to review the status of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Theological Forum organised a conference titled Westminster, Confessions and the Church, which was held at New College on Wednesday 8th May 2019. The conference papers have since been published in the journal Theology in Scotland and are available in digital format at:

Membership, 2019-20

Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, Convener
Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie, Vice-Convener
Rev Prof Susan Hardman Moore
Rev Dr Jean Kirkwood
Rev Dr Lynn McChlery
Rev Prof Paul Middleton
Rev Hector Morrison
Rev Dr Ruth Morrison
Prof Lindsay Sawyer
Dr Scott Spurlock
Rev Lance Stone
Rev Alastair Symington
Dr Andrew Torrance

Contact for more information: Nathalie Mares, Secretary to the Theological Forum, at

The Theological Forum welcomes all enquiries for reflection on the current coronavirus pandemic, along with any theological enquiry. Contact the Convener Revd Dr Donald MacEwan at


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