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Thomas Baldwin
Thomas Baldwin

General Assembly 2018

Wednesday May 16 2018

Welcome to Life and Work's coverage of the 2018 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which opens on Saturday May 19.

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.

Interview with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Susan Brown.

On Tuesday, the General Assembly commemorates the 50th anniversary of the decision to admit women to the Ministry. Read our reflections from women ministers on the anniversary.

Summaries of the reports to the Assembly

Business timetable

Fringe timetable

Beginner's Guide to the General Assembly

Here's what happened last year

Day 7: Friday May 25

Lord High Commissioner reflects on 'extraordinary' week; Mission and Discipleship; National Youth Assembly.

Day 6: Thursday May 24

Role of the Westminster Confession of Faith to be reviewed; acclaim for military chaplains

Day 5: Wednesday May 23

Approach to 'radical' Strategic Plan agreed.

General Assembly rejects divestment from fossil fuel companies; strong statements on Israel/Palestine.

Day 4: Tuesday May 22

Around 500 people marched up the mound to celebrate the 50th anniversary, to the day, since the General Assembly agreed to the ordination of women as ministers of word and sacrament in the Church of Scotland.

Day 3: Monday May 21

Strategic Plan Rejected

Church thanked by overseas delegates


Day 2: Sunday May 20

Pictures from Heart and Soul by Jackie Macadam

Day 1: Saturday May 19

Church moves towards conducting same-sex marriages; finances warning

Outgoing Moderator defends right of church to be involved in public life.

Pictures by Derek Fett