General Assembly

The General Assembly is a significant annual event in the Church of Scotland calendar. Throughout the week, commissioners to the General Assembly examine the work and laws of the Church and make decisions that affect its future.

The Assembly does not shy away from discussing the big political topics of the day. In recent years the Assembly has received national and international attention for debating Brexit, same-sex relationships, the war in Syria, and fossil fuel divestment.

2022 General Assembly

The 2022 General Assembly was held from Saturday 21 May until Thursday 26 May. Once again, it was a hybrid event, with some attending Assembly Hall and others participating online. The proceedings were also livestreamed on the Church's website, and video highlights are now available to view.

The full volume of reports, Assembly Papers, and Order of Proceedings are now available on our Publications page. Individual reports and additional documents can now be found on our Reports and Additional Documents page. and many of the speeches delivered at the General Assembly are available to review and download.

Rt Hon Lord Hodge, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, was appointed Lord High Commissioner to this year's General Assembly.

Moderator of the General Assembly 2022

Rev Iain Greenshields, the 67-year-old minister of St Margaret's Community Church in Dunfermline, Fife, will serve as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2022-23.

Rev Greenshields began his year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2022, succeeding the 2021-22 Moderator, The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (Jim Wallace).

Previous General Assemblies

Themes, Reports, speeches and deliverances, as well as video highlights and photo galleries can be found on our previous General Assemblies page.

Reports and deliverances from General Assemblies prior to 2019 can be found on our publications page.

Laws of the Church of Scotland

Visit our Church Law section for more information about the Acts, Regulations, and Constitution of the Church of Scotland, and the Barrier Act.