Together We Can Make an Impact

Sometimes I meet people who attended St Mark’s years previously, and I am always impressed by the strength of affection in which these individuals hold our community. I know for myself that there have been key points in my life when Andrew Hill or Maud Robinson have profoundly touched me through their meaningful and inspiring services.

Motherhood, Culture and Identity

JOHN  CLIFFORD  delivered  this  inspiring  address  at  St  Mark’s  on  Mothering  Sunday,  26  March... But  today,  rather than  go  into  the  history  of  Mothering  Sunday  and  how  it  differs from  Mother's  Day,  the  American  holiday  that  has  crossed  the Atlantic,  I'd  like  to  look  at  Motherhood  and  its  importance  to us  as  persons  and  as  a  society.

REV CHARLES VANDENBROEDER from Student to President

Jane Aaronson reports

At our April General Assembly meetings, Rev Charles VanDenBroeder was installed as the GA President for 2017-18. Charles reports that ‘back in 1989, I spent a little over a month in Edinburgh doing some practical training with Rev Andrew Hill and I have fond memories of my time there’. Andrew Hill wrote in November Waymark of that year that Charles was ‘a student for the Unitarian ministry at Manchester College, Oxford’ and that he was ‘an international sort of person.’

We are pleased that nearly thirty years later Charles will return to St Mark’s to lead the service at the SUA annual meetings in St Mark’s on 13 May. His theme will be A Unitarian and Free Christian Theology For Our Time. He states that ‘In a world where our beloved Unitarian and Free Christian movement seems as if it is beginning to unravel, we need to quit tinkering around the edges and take a deep look at the theology that guides us as a movement. We need to develop a theology that will take us together further into the 21st century’.

Everyone is welcome to attend. See Waymark for further details.

The photograph of Charles VanDenBroeder, below, was supplied by him.

Our St Mark’s AGM

will take place in the church

on Sunday 7 May at 13.00

This will be an opportunity to hear more about developments within our
thriving and growing beloved community.

Come and find out what’s new and be part of the planning for our future!

Sandwiches will be provided in the hall before the meeting.
Any home baking would be much appreciated

More information from Margery MacKay, church secretary,
stmarkssecretary@btinternet.com

Charity in Progress Our Partner Church in Chennai

As is our practice, during January and February the good cause in St Mark’s was collected in favour of our partner church in Chennai, South India. In the February edition of Waymark, JON BAGUST reflected on our relationship with the Chennai Unitarian Christian Church, and on 19 February he lit our chalice and gave us more information on its valuable work. JON’S chalice lighting is printed below. JON encouraged us to ‘give as generously as you are able’. Both JON BAGUST and MIKE WEST would like to thank the congregation for that generosity. During these two months £498.74 was collected for the Chennai Fund. The budget for the year is printed on this page.

We live in a divided world and divided society.

That's why is good to come together as a community, with our liberal values to help one another including those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our present 'Good Cause' is our partner church in Chennai, India. By our giving we help support those in their community who are less fortunate. The children of the church and the village school in Ammanambakkam who need teachers, books, snacks to assist their education. The young women of the village who now have sewing classes to make their own clothes and with their new skills are able to find work in the local clothes factory.

I've seen for myself the slums in Chennai, a stone’s throw away from where Harrison the minister and his family live. I've walked into the poorest parts of the village and seen how the people live a dirt poor existence. They come from the Dalit (untouchable) cast. The children and young women are taught the basics in the evening classes which thanks to your giving they receive in a safe environment with running water and good toilets.

Our Chennai Fund is a micro charity registered in Scotland. We have no expenses and therefore guarantee that every penny you give goes to Chennai.

Please give as generously as you are able.

In the words of the Tamil poet Tiru Valluvar,
‘There is nothing more glorious than to persist in the advance of the community’.

I light the peace candle for our friends and partners in Chennai and Ammanambakkam.

Chennai Unitarian Christian Church
Budget for the Year 2017

1. Village Sewing School
One teacher for 2 sessions                                                                                               £244

2. Village Caretaker                                                                                                          £122

3. Materials
Cloth, thread, scissors
and other materials for tailoring                                                                                     £102

4. Scholarships
Providing scholarships
for deserving students                                                                                                   £407

5. Village Night School
One teacher                                                                                                                    £122

6. Help for old age and widows                                                                                     £102

TOTAL BUDGET FOR 2017                                                            Rs 108,000 = £1,099.00