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                            Contents
ASSEMBLY ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.The Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison
	2.Precentor
	3.Presbytery Representation
	4.Election of Committee to Nominate the Moderator
	5.Youth Representatives
	6.The General Assembly in the digital age
	7.Heart and Soul 2016
	8.Property
	9.The shape, size and frequency of the General Assembly
	APPENDIX A
Delegation of The General Assembly
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
RETURN TO OVERTURES
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Comments on the Overture
	3.Adjustments to text
	APPENDIX A
	APPENDIX B
Council of Assembly
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Joint Working Group on Strategic Funding and Resource Allocation
	3.Governance
	4.Stewardship and Finance
	5.Implementation of the Tenure Commission Recommendations
	6Presbytery of Europe/Presbytery of International Charges
	7.Refugee Crisis - Response
	8.Data Protection
	9.Communications
	10.Statistics
	11.Staffing
	12.Senior Management Team
	13.Membership of Councils and Committees
	14.Membership of the Council of Assembly
	ADDENDUM
	APPENDIX I
	APPENDIX II
	APPENDIX III
	APPENDIX IV
	APPENDIX V
	APPENDIX VI
	APPENDIX VII
LEGAL QUESTIONS COMMITTEE
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Amendments to Standing Orders – Remits, Membership and Quora of General Assembly Councils and Committees
	2.Amendments to Vacancy Procedure Act (Act VIII 2003)
	3.Stated Annual Meetings
	4.Registration of Ministries
	5.Consensus Decision Making
	6.Review of the Disciplinary Acts – a consolidating/cohering Act
	7.Consultation on civil partnership
	8.Forms of Constitution and Trusteeship Issues
	9.Proxy Voting, Remote Attendance at Meetings and the Implications for Membership of “Online Attendance”
	10.Co-operation between Presbyteries
	11.Amendment of Standing Order 35 (i) - Youth Representatives
	12.Examination of Records
	APPENDIX A
	APPENDIX B
	APPENDIX C
	APPENDIX D
	APPENDIX E
	APPENDIX F
	APPENDIX G
World Mission Council
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	We are the voices for the earth
		1.The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it. Psalm 24:1
		2.Where are the voices for the earth?
		3.Sacred the Soil
		4.Where shall tomorrow's children be?
		5.We who care enough to cry
		6.Resources
Social Care Council
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	Introduction
	PEOPLE OF THE WAY Walking Together
	1.Why do we walk?
	2.Who are we walking with?
	3.Outcomes and Highlights from our walk together.
	4.What challenges do we face as we walk?
	5.Walking into the Future
	6.Walking Together
	ADDENDUM
	APPENDIX A
	APPENDIX B
PANEL ON REVIEW AND REFORM
	MAY 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Path of Renewal
	3.Empowering local leadership
	4.Pilot with vacant congregations
	5.Developing supportive Presbyteries
	6.Kirk Sessions
	7.Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
	8.Scenario planning
	APPENDIX 1
Church and Society Council
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Executive Summary
	3.Action relating to the 2015 Deliverance
	4.Speak Out: 10,000 voices for change
	5.Theological reflection on corporal punishment of children in the context of the discourse on international human rights
	6.Climate justice
	7. Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies
	8.Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty
	9.Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project
	10.Politics and Government
	11.Joint Faiths Board on Community Justice
	12.Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group
	13.Refugees
	14.Syria
	15.Violence Against Women
	16.Education
	17.Campaigns
	ADDENDUM
Church of Scotland guild
	May 2016
		PROPOSED deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.So, what has been happening?
	3.The Action Plan in Action
	4.Our Big Days Out!
	5.The Project Partnership Scheme
	6.What else do we do?
	7.What about our own operations?
	8.What else could we do?
	9.How can the wider church help?
	ADDENDUM
	APPENDIX 1
	1.Instruction
	2.Background
	3.The Guild
	4.National Youth Assembly
	5.Intergenerational work and ministry
	6.Plans for the future
	APPENDIX 2
	APPENDIX 3
	APPENDIX 4
	APPENDIX 5
THE BOARD OF THE IONA COMMUNITY
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Rosie Magee, Centres Director, Iona Abbey and MacLeod Centre reports
	3.Jon Lloyd, Camas Centre Coordinator, Camas Centre reports
	4.Chris Long, Youth Resource Worker, reports
	5.Pat Bennett, Programme Development Worker, reports
	6.Sandra Kramer, Publishing Manager, Wild Goose Publications, reports
	7.Neil Paynter, Editor report on Coracle
	8.Wild Goose Resource Group
	9.Membership
Committee on Ecumenical Relations
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	Crossing Borders
	2.Crossing Borders with Anglicans
	3.Crossing Borders with the Roman Catholic Church
	4.Crossing Borders within the Reformed family
	5.Crossing Borders within the Church of Scotland
	6.Crossing Borders locally
	7.Still on pilgrimage
	APPENDIX I
	CHAPTER I
	CHAPTER II
	CHAPTER III
	CHAPTER IV
	APPENDIX
	APPENDIX II
	APPENDIX III
Safeguarding Committee
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Safeguarding within the Congregation
	3.Review of Safeguarding
	4.Safeguarding Training
	5.Domestic Abuse
	6.Helping Children to Keep Themselves Safe
	7.Ongoing Good Practice within Safeguarding
	8.Conclusion
	APPENDIX 1
MINISTRIES COUNCIL
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.The Future of Ministry
	ADDENDUM
	APPENDIX 1
	1.Remuneration
	2.Reimbursement of Legitimate Expenses
	3.Discretionary Expenses
	APPENDIX 2
COMMITTEE ON CHAPLAINS TO HM FORCES
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	APPENDIX 1
	APPENDIX 2
	APPENDIX 3
	APPENDIX 4
MISSION AND DISCIPLESHIP COUNCIL
	May 2016
	CONTENTS
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.“People of the Way”
	3. Conclusion
	ADDENDUM
	APPENDIX I
	A.Executive Summary
	B.Background
	C.Key findings from the detailed analysis of the Eldership questionnaire responses
	D.Key findings from the reflection upon the history and theology of the Eldership within the Presbyterian tradition in Scotland
	E.Bringing the findings together
	F.Proposals arising
	APPENDIX II
	APPENDIX III
	Joint Presbytery LCR Training - October and November 2015
	APPENDIX IV
	A.Executive Summary
	B.Background
	C.Consultation Process
	D.Key findings:
	E.Proposals arising:
	F. Conclusion
	APPENDIX V
	APPENDIX VI
	APPENDIX VII
	Data Collection
	APPENDIX VIII
	APPENDIX IX
MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND 2015
	Confessions of faith
	The future of the General Assembly
	Climate Justice
	Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking
	Remembering Srebrenica
	Promotion
	Conclusion
THEOLOGICAL FORUM
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Issues
	3.Future Work
	4.Thanks
	ADDENDUM
TRUSTEES OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND HOUSING AND LOAN FUND FOR RETIRED MINISTERS AND WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS OF MINISTERS
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Aim of the Fund
	2.Housing Transactions: 2015
	3.Rents and Rental Reviews
	4.Loan Transactions: 2015
	5.Donations, Bequests etc.
	6.Funds
	7.The Future
	8.Diligence
	9.Motion to 2015 General Assembly
	10.Constitution
	11.Staff
	12.Membership
	ADDENDUM
	APPENDIX 1
	APPENDIX 2
	APPENDIX 3
	APPENDIX 4
	APPENDIX 5
	1.Name and Object
	2.The Funds
	3.Management and Administration
	4.Officials
	5.Legacies and Donations
	6.Expenses
	7.Accounts
	8.Management of Funds
	9.Eligibility for Benefit of Fund
	1.Name and Charitable Purpose
	2.The Trust Funds
	3.Charity Trustees
	4.The Fund's Trustees
	5.Chairperson and Depute Chairperson
	6.Officials
	7.Conduct of Meetings
	8.Legacies and Donations
	9.Expenses
	10.Accounts
	11.Management of Trust Funds
	12.Execution of Deeds
	13.Eligibility for Benefit of Fund
	14.Conflicts of Interest
	15.Variation
	16.Winding up the Fund
	17.Indemnity
	18.Registration
	19.Governing Law
GENERAL TRUSTEES
	MAY 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Fabric funds
	3.Property and Fabric Matters
	4.Chance to Thrive
	5.Strategic Finance and Resource Allocation Review
	6.Glebes
	7.Land Reform
	8.Energy
	9.Insurance
	10.Determinations made under Regulations V 1995
	11.Determinations under Act VII 1995
	12.Finance
	13.Mrs Janette S Wilson, Solicitor of the Church
	APPENDIX 1
	APPENDIX 2
	APPENDIX 3
	APPENDIX 4
	APPENDIX 5
	APPENDIX 6
	APPENDIX 7
REPORT OF THE CHURCH HYMNARY TRUSTEES
	A registered Scottish Charity (Scottish Charity No. SC002769)
	to
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
	in respect of the year ended 31 December 2015
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Church Hymnary 4th Edition
	2.Electronic Words edition
	3.Grants Given
	4.App
	5.Trustees
	ADDENDUM
	John Hodge
THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND TRUST
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1. The Work of the Trust
	2. Accounts for 2015
	3. Vice-Chairman
	4. Membership
	ADDENDUM
Church of Scotland Investors' Trust
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Investment Performance and Outlook
	3.Income Distributions
	4.Office Bearers
	5.Membership
	6.Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2015
	ADDENDUM
church of scotland pension trustees
	May 2016
		PROPOSED DELIVERANCE
Report
	1.Background & Statistics
	2.Actuarial Valuation
	3.Proposed Dissolution of the Central Services Committee
	4.Increases to Pensions in Payment
	5.Investment
Central Services Committee
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Introduction
	2.Human Resources (HR)
	3.Information Technology (IT)
	4.Central Properties Department
	5.Facilities Management
	6.Law Department
	ADDENDUM
NOMINATION COMMITTEE
	May 2016
		Proposed Deliverance
Report
	1.Background
	2.Committee
	3.Barriers to Involvement
	4.Statistical Information
	5.Charity Governance
	6.Nominations for Appointment to Councils and Committees
MINUTES OF THE APPEAL HEARING BEFORE THE APPEALS COMMITTEE OF THE COMMISSION OF ASSEMBLY - AUGUST 2015
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND ASSEMBLY REPORTS
	May 2016
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1.2 The Project

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applications will be made in the coming months with the
target of raising a minimum of £1.5m by June 2016.

On the conclusion of the initial stage of the Appeal, the
public phase will be launched in May 2016. The Iona
Community is grateful for the support of the Iona
Cathedral Trust and Historic Environment Scotland in this
ambitious venture and will seek as wide support as
possible from people with an interest in our work and in
the island of Iona.

Meanwhile, the Community’s work continues in the
everyday witness of members and associate members, and
through the dedication of our staff in Glasgow and on Mull
and Iona.

2. Rosie Magee, Centres Director, Iona
Abbey and MacLeod Centre reports
2015 was a busy one at the Iona Centres. As well as the
weekly welcoming of guests to the Centres we took time
to take stock of our core mission. During spring 2015
resident staff created an affirmation which speaks to why
they choose to work at the Centres and what they see
happening there. In part it reads, “We seek to live out the
wonder and risk, comfort and challenge of the Gospel in
ways that are grace-filled and hospitable to all. We strive
to nurture a holistic community with all who participate in
the rhythm of our Common Life through sharing worship,
work and recreation.” Guests find it refreshing, and
sometimes challenging, that, in contrast to prevailing
norms, the Common Good is given such high value.
Everyone connected with the Centres, staff and guests,
is engaged in a common endeavour and the energy is
intentionally outward-facing leading one guest to
comment, “This is not a place of escape it is a place of
engagement”.

There is certainly no escaping the ongoing practical and
logistical implications of running two centres of this size
in the Inner Hebrides. In the height of the season guests,
volunteer, and resident staff number 140 each week. The
economic climate continues to be challenging and we

strive to practice good stewardship of our resources
without compromising our vision. However, these very
challenges also provide a springboard to creative and
collaborative thinking. Both at the Centres and with the
wider island community it is humbling to see how the
synergy created by cooperation ensures that ‘the whole is
always greater than the sum of the parts.’

Each week, through guest conversations and evaluation
we are reminded of the distinctive nature and value of
the pattern of our Common Life together. Fresh eyes are
invaluable. People from different walks of life, nationalities,
faiths and circumstances encounter one another though
being engaged in common tasks – preparing meals,
washing-up, creating music for a service in the Abbey or
breaking bread together. Relationships are forged,
sometimes unlikely ones, which cross cultural barriers and
recognise our common search for significance and
meaning in a hurting world.

These new relationship and insights do not come to an
end with the wave-off at the jetty. Staying at the Iona
Centres is transitional, and often transformational, in
nature for guests and staff alike whether staying for a week
or a year. An evolving community means there are a lot of
goodbyes. The end of the 2015 season saw the departure
of numerous staff members who had come to the end
of their contracts, of up to three years in duration. We
remain thankful for their presence and the sharing of their
time and talents as we also prepare to welcome new staff
who will arrive in February for staff training. We had about
100 volunteer staff members this season from all over the
word for periods ranging from 8 weeks - 6 months. During
their time here they bring ‘new insights and energy’ to our
community and it is a privilege to see many grow into new
experiences, like leading the morning service of worship.
They are now a dispersed community with links sustained
and strengthened through social media and plans to
return.

Throughout 2015 a considerable investment of time and
thought went into envisioning the future shape of, and

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