Unitarians in Edinburgh return to the etymology of the word Worship for our understanding of it.
The word worship derives from the Old English weorthscipe. In Old English weorth signified 'excellence of character or quality' and 'usefulness or importance'; -ship is a native English suffix of nouns denoting condition, skill, etc. (e.g. friendship).
Consequently, we understand our Services of Worship to be acts of holding up 'that which is of worth' for examination, celebration and thanksgiving.
Services start at 11am unless otherwise stated.
Services are at 11 am in the church, with coffee and conversation in the upper hall afterwards. Children sit with their parents for the opening part of the service, and then follow their own programme.
Sunday 7 may
Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek
beltane, fire festival of the sun in summer
The huge Beltane Festival in Edinburgh each year is a fire festival that celebrates of the divine with and within us, the coming of summer and the fertility of the year. It's not just about farming, though. The sun of summer can help us all be creatively fertile, illuminating our work, relationships and spiritual experience.
Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek is a member of St Mark’s
Sunday 14 may
Rev Andrew Hill
Help us to listen for we are very deaf….
…the grandparent of a profoundly deaf grandchild reflects
Rev Andrew Hill is a member of St Mark’s and was our minister from 1974-2007
Sunday 21 may
A Remarkable Story
How an 18th century Tamil slave became the founder of our partner church in Chennai, and how our continuing support shows our solidarity, generosity and inclusiveness with the Unitarian community in India. This address will be presented in words and slides.
Jon Bagust is a member of St Mark’s
Sunday 28 may
Is St Mark’s trying to tell us something?
St Mark’s is full of symbols: some recent, some ancient, some in plain sight, some much more difficult to see. What messages are they trying to convey and are any still relevant to us?
Roger Hartley is a member of St Mark’s
Sunday 4 JUne
Trishna Singh and Mary McKenna
An insight into Sikhism
Sikhism is a way of spiritual enlightenment and Sikh scriptures teach the importance of respect for all humankind. Trishna Singh is a member of the Edinburgh Gurdwara, and she will introduce us to Sikh principles and practices. After the service Trishna will be happy to have an informal question and answer session, and to share her experience of growing up in Scotland as a Sikh woman.
Mary McKenna, our Convener, is a member of St Mark’s and the Chair of Sikh Sanjog.
Trishna Singh OBE is the Director of Sikh Sanjog.