On the final morning of the meetings, the new Executive Committee (trustees) of the General Assembly took over from the old EC. This year Joan Cook stepped down after serving the maximum of two consecutive terms and eight years of service in all.
On 2 April Katie Brown and Ailsa Davidson led worship. Even those of us who do not own pets could not fail to be moved by the service; and we were joined by three canine friends who were good ambassadors for their animal friends.
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.
First impressions are important and, on my first visit to the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (the ‘GA’), I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed.
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.
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.
What struck me most at the meetings this year were the advantages of social media. As a result of those using social media, the outcome of one of our resolutions concerning the bombing of the Coptic Christian Cathedral in Alexandria on Good Friday was that Unitarians were ahead of the game.
Our General Assembly meetings took place in Birmingham from 9-13 April. A large group of St Mark’s members and friends spent an inspiring few days at the GA. We attended the business meetings and also many interesting lectures and workshops.
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,