The general Assembly of 2018 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Women into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. To mark this occasion on the fourth day of the Assembly a march was made up the Mound to the Quod of New College atop the Mound by many of the women ministers ordained in the last fifty years. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is Rt. Rev. Susan Brown of Dornoch Cathedral.
The Kirk was in feisty mood as the threw out the Strategic Plan of the ASSEMBLY COUNCIL. for being short on detail and heavy on platitudes. although it did have some key points overall it was weak. It fell as the commissioners voted it down.
The World Mission report covered a range of issues and during the debates and question time many raised the issues of Palestine and some speakers sought the church to encourage the UK government to recognise Palestine state. It also highlighted the plight of those who were oppressed by the Israeli government and lived in a a virtual prison due to the massive walls and checkpoints erected and the continued taking of Palestinian LAND for new building projects.
The Kirk though under pressure as it shrinks in size and the lack of Ministers sought to find new ways to attract the younger generation who seem to have lost their faith or have little or no interest in religion.
photos will come next week