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General Assembly 2023

General Assembly 2023

Wednesday May 24 2023

Welcome to Life and Work's coverage of the 2023 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which opens on Saturday May 20.


This year's General Assembly is again a hybrid event with a mixture of Commissioners in the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh, and others watching, speaking and voting remotely.

The Assembly opens at 10am on Saturday and continues until Thursday (May 25) with sessions each day from 9.15am and 2pm.

You can follow proceedings live from the Church of Scotland's General Assembly site, where you will also find full reports and pre-recorded Conveners' speeches, and on Facebook.

Life and Work will be providing daily reports of the debates, and editor Lynne McNeil will be live-tweeting from @lifeworkeditor

There will also be full coverage in July's magazine, and a free downloadable summary of the key decisions and speeches is now available.


Thursday May 25

'Remember Who You Are' Urges Moderator

Church Urged to Maintain Safeguarding Standards


Wednesday May 24

Church to Study Assisted Dying Issues

Chief Rabbi Thanks Church as Jewish-Christian Glossary Launched


Tuesday May 23

Assembly Calls for Improved Pay for Carers

Assembly Warned of Crisis in Ministry Morale


Monday May 22

Church Told to 'Imagine an Exciting Future'


Saturday May 20

Church urged to deepen ecumenical relationships

Church to initiate 'conversations' with other churches


Further reading:

Summaries of the reports to this year's Assembly

Interview with the Moderator-Designate, the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton

Assembly timetable

Fringe Timetable

Beginner's Guide to the General Assembly

Summaries of previous years:

General Assembly 2022

General Assembly 2021: 'Not an Easy Ask'

General Assembly October 2020: A Virtual Assembly

Commission of Assembly Nov 2019: structural reforms 

General Assembly 2019, including the Radical Action Plan


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