General Assembly 2017
The Church of Scotland will hold its annual General Assembly from 20-26 May 2017 at the General Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh. More than 730 commissioners from congregations across Scotland and beyond will come together to take part in the event, a unique mix of debate, tradition and worship
Over the course of the week they will be joined by more than 150 people from associated partners and other organisations who work with the Church. The public gallery is open each day for any members of the public who are interested in observing the proceedings.
First held in 1560, the General Assembly is the Kirk's highest court, made up of commissioners who are generally ministers, elders and deacons, as well as youth representatives and around 40 international emissaries from partner churches around the globe. The General Assembly considers reports from each of the Church's councils, discusses issues of national and international importance, and makes decisions that help set the Church of Scotland's direction for the coming years.
Word of Life
This year the theme of the General Assembly is 'Word of Life'.
Congregations and groups of all ages who are connected with the Church are being encouraged to print 'Word of Life' letters out and put a picture on social media. Join in and use the hashtag #wordoflife.
Lord High Commissioner
Each year HM the Queen appoints a Lord High Commissioner as her personal representative to the General Assembly, unless she attends herself. This year, she has appointed Princess Anne, who previously performed the role in 1996.
Princess Anne will observe the proceedings and report back to Her Majesty what has been debated at the Assembly.