by Joan Cook
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 Facebook post received thousands of hits, and the Church of England issued a statement that they would be issuing their response to the atrocity the next day! This illustrates the power of social media and how much we should be grateful to those members of our communities who use these modern tools of communication on our behalf.
Ed Fordham, member of Chesterfield, Unitarian activist and busy blogger, ‘face-booker’, ‘twitter-er’ describes the various media he uses; ‘the Website is a bag for life that is strong but needs renewal occasionally, the Facebook page is a reusable rucksack that I carry with
me, and the Twitter account a paper or plastic bag I reuse for a limited life span because it is quick and easy’.
After the ‘Reporting on Previous Resolutions session’, Robert Ince & I had lunch with the speaker and staff from the Red Cross. It was a pleasure, albeit a bit hairraising, hearing their stories; but what was rather pleasing was to hear that Unitarians are the largest faith group donor to The Red Cross, and Laura informed me, when she heard I was from Edinburgh, that we are one of the biggest contributors to the Clara Barton fund. I did feel proud!
I also felt quite proud when we took our traditional ‘Edinburgh Unitarians at GA’ photo. Every year we celebrate our wider membership coming together at the GA: present members; past members; members and friends living far from Edinburgh, but still feel part of our community, surely something worth celebrating!
Perhaps next year, you will be in the photo too!