Category - general assembly

  • May 26, 2017

    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved an apology to gay people for the history of discrimination they have faced in the Church. Commissioners also approved a report which could pave the way to allow some ministers to conduct same sex marriages in the future.

  • May 22, 2017

    A former Moderator of the Church of Scotland General Assembly has said the scale of homelessness in Scotland continues to be a “stain” on the nation’s character and consciousness.

  • May 17, 2017

    The Church of Scotland will hold a public hustings event during its annual General Assembly with representatives from the five main political parties.

  • July 10, 2016

    The General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) has voted in favour of allowing its local churches to conduct and register marriages for same-sex couples. This means that the URC is now the largest UK denomination to freely permit the celebration and registration of marriages of same-sex couple in its churches.

  • May 24, 2016

    The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly has agreed that ministers and deacons can marry members of the same gender.

  • June 23, 2015

    The General Assembly of the United Reformed Church will meet for a one-day, one issue Assembly in Birmingham on 27 June to discuss the marriage of same-sex couples.

  • May 19, 2014

    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will tomorrow debate the question of Scottish independence.

  • May 19, 2014

    As the Church of Scotland once again considers its differences over LGBT ministers, Alexander O'Hare says that we need to ask ourselves what the purpose of inclusivity is about. Is it about keeping everyone in the one Church, or is about living the Kingdom? If the latter, and some within the Church are unwilling or unable to do so with us, then we need to bid farewell. There is no point in unity at all costs, and certainly not at the cost of seeking to live justly in a biblical sense.

  • April 3, 2014

    The Church of Scotland has named the Rev John Chalmers as Moderator Designate to take office at the 2014 General Assembly of Scotland's largest Presbyterian Christian denomination.

  • May 31, 2013

    Two rural congreagtions say they will vote to leave the Church of Scotland over possible further ordinations of lesbian and gay ministers. In truth, the landscape is changing, says Simon Barrow. Larger numbers may well stay or join the Kirk if it ends its rejection of same-sex relationships, than will leave for the same reason. The refuseniks are looking back, not forward.