The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is an honorary role, held for 12 months. The Church of Scotland (Eaglais na h-Alba known informally by its Scots language name The Kirk, is the National church of Scotland.
Meetings of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, held in May each year, are chaired by the Moderator. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is the sovereign and highest Court of the Church of Scotland, and is thus the Church's governing body The Church of Scotland (Eaglais na h-Alba known informally by its Scots language name The Kirk, is the National church of Scotland. He or she leads daily worship, keeps order, rules on points of order, and signs documents on behalf of the Assembly. For the 1964 documentary film see Point of Order (film. For other uses see Point A point of order is a matter raised during consideration
It should be noted that the Moderator is not the head of the Church, nor the leader of the Church of Scotland, or its spokesperson. When asked for an opinion on important issues, the Moderator is expected to have in mind the views of the General Assembly or the relevant Church board or committee.
After the Assembly, the Moderator spends much of the rest of his or her time in office travelling as a Church representative in Scotland, other parts of the UK, Ireland and overseas in an ambassadorial capacity. Every Moderator carries out a series of visits to several Church of Scotland presbyteries, as well as undertaking a number of international tours. Regular features on his/her itinerary are visits to one of the armed forces and a stay in London around St Andrew's Day (30 November), which includes a meeting in Downing Street with the Prime Minister. For the military meaning see Armed forces. For the Soviet sports society see Armed Forces (sports society Armed Forces London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Downing Street is the street in London, England, which for over two hundred years has contained the official residences of two of the most senior British cabinet ministers This article is about the government position For other uses see Prime Minister (disambiguation. The Moderator also visits the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Parliament ( Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba; Scots: Scottish Pairlament) is the devlolved national unicameral
The Moderator has two chaplains who assist him or her in preparing for the General Assembly and provide support throughout Assembly week.
Every year in October, a committee of the Assembly meets in Edinburgh to choose a suitable candidate from an initial shortlist of nominees. The successful nominee is then known as the 'Moderator Designate'. The designate is presented at the start of the General Assembly the following May, and then, conventionally, elected unopposed.
If the moderator is a minister, they are addressed as the "Right Reverend" until their moderatorial year ends with the election of a successor. The Right Reverend (abbreviations The Rt Revd The Rt Rev'd The Rt Rev Former moderators, if ministers, are referred to as the "Very Reverend". The Very Reverend is a style given to certain religious figures
Technically, it has always been the case that any elder, deacon or minister could be elected. In practice, until the election of Dr Alison Elliot (an elder) in 2004, all moderators had been ministers for the previous 400 years.
Since 1966, when the first women elder was ordained, and 1968, when the first minister was ordained, the election has technically been open to women. In practice, although there have been a number of previous women nominated, Alison Elliot was the first chosen in 2004. Alison Elliot OBE is the Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The first woman minister to elected was the Very Rev Sheilagh M. Kesting (for 2007-8). Sheilagh Kesting (born 10 June 1953) is a Scottish minister and the first female minister (though not the first female to be elected Moderator of The previous Moderator (2006-7) was the Very Rev Dr Alan D. McDonald (minister at Cameron linked with St Leonard’s Church, St Andrews). Alan D McDonald is a Parish minister and was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, from the Assembly of May
The current Moderator (2008-9) is the Rt Rev David W. Lunan, Clerk to the Presbytery of Glasgow. David W Lunan is a Church of Scotland minister On 30 October 2007 was he nominated to be the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2008-9 He was formally elected on 15 May 2008, the first day of the 2008 Assembly. 
In 1953, the Moderator took part in the Coronation service in Westminster Abbey. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A coronation is a ceremony marking the investiture of a Monarch with regal power specifically involving the placement of a crown upon his or her head and the The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey, is a large mainly Gothic church The then-Moderator, the Rt Rev Dr James Pitt-Watson, presented a Bible to the Queen. Etymology According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word bible is from Latin biblia, traced from the same word through Medieval Latin and Late Latin The Archbishop of Canterbury then said "Our gracious Queen, to keep Your Majesty ever mindful of the law and gospel of God as the rule for the whole life and government of Christian princes, we present you with this book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the chief bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the " The Moderator then continued, "Here is wisdom; this is the Royal law; these are the lively oracles of God". The Queen then returned the Bible to the Moderator who brought it to the Dean of Westminster to be placed upon the altar. A list of the holders of the office of Dean of Westminster. Initially the office was a successor to that of abbot of Westminster, and was for 10 years a bishopric