Upcoming Services

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.

SUNDAYS SERVICES

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 5 November

Joan Cook

A Service for All Souls

An opportunity to remember those no longer with us, especially those we have lost in the past year. During the service, there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of those we have lost. If you have lost someone in the past year, and would like their name to be included, please let Joan Cook know. Email joancook@hotmail.co.uk

Joan Cook, our Lay Celebrant and Lay Preacher, is a member of St Mark’s and President of the Scottish Unitarian Association

Sunday 12 November

Rev John Clifford

Remembrance Sunday

We will honour the bravery of military and civilians caught up in major wars; rededicate ourselves to working for a world that doesn't depend on killing to settle disputes; and review some of the real issues the way veterans and widow(er)s are treated by society and governments.

If folk can get to church by 10:50, we will start with the traditional 2 minutes of silence at 11:00

Rev John Clifford is a retired Unitarian minister, a member of St Mark’s and a past Unitarian General Assembly President

Sunday 19 November

Lesley Hartley

Better diagnosis, Better treatments, Better Prevention

David Sinton, from the charity Prostate Cancer UK, will talk to us, during the service, about the work of this charity, how it supports patients and their relatives, the research that they sponsor and their efforts at creating awareness of this disease. This charity is our good cause during November and December in support the Women's League national project. (See page 9 for further details about the Women’s League project).

Lesley Hartley is a member of St Mark’s and our pulpit secretary

Sunday 26 November

Joan Cook

‘Are Freedom, Reason & Tolerance Enough?’

We like to think that these three words describe what is at the core of our Unitarian beliefs. But are they sufficient in themselves? Or do they need some qualification?

Joan Cook, our Lay Celebrant and Lay Preacher, is a member of St Mark’s and President of the Scottish Unitarian Association

Sunday 3 December

Rev John Clifford

Learning to trust our non-rational side

In the run-up to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Hogmanay what can rational, semi-secular Unitarians do to free ourselves from the heavy hand of our history and puritan origins?

Rev John Clifford is a retired Unitarian minister, a member of St Mark’s and a past Unitarian General Assembly President