New Church of Scotland Moderator.
The new moderator of the Church of Scotland has officially taken up her post, as the Kirk’s General Assembly gets under way.
The Reverend Lorna Hood described her appointment as an “enormous privilege and honour”.
Mrs Hood will preside over the week-long gathering of ministers on the Mound in Edinburgh.
One of her first duties will be to chair a controversial debate on the issue of gay ministers on Monday.
Mrs Hood, 60, is originally from Kilmarnock, and began her church career as a probationer assistant at St Ninian’s Corstorphine Church in Edinburgh where she was ordained in 1978.
The following year the minister went to Renfrew North Parish Church where she has served for the past 33 years.
Mrs Hood was also chaplain at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for more than two decades, where she was part of a team which pioneered a care plan for women who had suffered a miscarriage or the loss of a newborn.