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.
General Assembly 2024
The General Assembly will take place from 18-23 May 2024 at the Assembly Hall on the Mound, Edinburgh or it can be viewed online.
Lord High Commissioner
The Rt Hon Lord Hodge, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, was appointed as Lord High Commissioner to the 2023 General Assembly, serving in the role for a second year.
As Lord High Commissioner, Lord Hodge attended the 2023 General Assembly, acting as personal representative of His Majesty King Charles III.
Moderator of the General Assembly 2023-24
Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, 58, who has led Christian Aid in Scotland since 2016, will take a year's sabbatical to serve as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2023-24. She took up the position on the first day of the General Assembly, Saturday 20 May, and will serve as the Kirk's ambassador at home and abroad for 12 months.
Mrs Foster-Fulton succeeded the 2022-23 Moderator, Very Rev Dr Iain Greenshields.
Rev Dr Shaw James Paterson, who has served as the minister of Strathaven Parish Church since 1991, will succeed Rt Rev Sally Foster-Fulton and take up the role of Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on Saturday 18 May 2024 spending a year as the Kirk's ambassador.
Previous General Assemblies
Photos, video highlights and documents from earlier meetings of the General Assembly are available on our previous General Assemblies page.
Reports and deliverances presented to General Assemblies prior to 2020 are available 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.