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Picture by Derek Fett
Picture by Derek Fett

General Assembly 2017

Wednesday May 17

Welcome to Life and Work's coverage of the 2017 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which opens on Saturday May 20.

We will be providing daily updates from the Assembly Hall. Feel free to get involved in the debates by contacting us through Facebook, Twitter or email. A live webcast and video archive of the proceedings, along with full reports and key speeches, will be available through the General Assembly area of the Church of Scotland website.

Read our interview with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Dr Derek Browning.

Here are our summaries of the reports to the Assembly

Business timetable

Fringe timetable

If you're a General Assembly newbie, you may want to check out our Beginner's Guide.

Here's what happened last year, and a dip into the archives to the Assembly of 80 years ago.


Day 4: Wednesday May 24

Report: "We are the hands and ears of Christ today": ministries, ecumenical relations, safeguarding and a distinguished guest


Day 3: Tuesday May 23

Report: Church extends 'open hands, not clenched fists'

Silence for Manchester victims


Day 2: Monday May 23

Report: Assembly debates economic sanctions against Israel; gender injustice 'a scandal to the Gospel'; CrossReach struggles to pay Living Wage, 

Tribute to the Very Rev Dr James Weatherhead.

See our pictures from Heart and Soul on our Facebook page


Day 1: Saturday May 20

Report: Church Called to Pray; Homelessness 'Unacceptable in 21st Century Scotland'; 'Bitter, bitter disappointment' about missing overseas delegates

Pictures by Derek Fett Photography