Jul
1
11:00 AM11:00

The Opposite of Addiction

Rev Peter Fairbrother

Johann Hari, author of 'Chasing The Scream', sparked much interest with his Ted Talk 'Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong'. We will explore Hari's work; his understanding of addiction and healing, and what it means for each of us.

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Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Flower Communion

Lynsey Bailey & Jane Aaronson

As we join together, to share our Flower Communion, we remember the first Flower Communion led by Norbert Čapek,  in Prague on 4 June 1923. Everyone is asked to bring one, or a few, flowers (garden or wild flowers, if you can). During the service, members of the congregation are invited to come forward to choose a flower different from the one they brought.

Lynsey Bailey & Jane Aaronson are members of St Mark’s

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May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Ignite!

Rev Peter Fairbrother

Endings and beginnings, and the constancy of passions that burn bright throughout, honouring the Christian festival of Pentecost and its message to the world. Come, light your fire!

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May
13
11:00 AM11:00

Religious Naturalism

Jim Millar

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge. — Carl Sagan. Pale Blue Dot: a Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)

Religious Naturalism is an approach to spirituality which rejects super naturalism. Instead, it draws its inspiration from the natural world as revealed by modern science and from the humanities. Today I shall explore this paradigm, why it is important for me and how it fits with Unitarianism.

Jim Millar is a member of Glasgow Unitarian Church

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May
7
11:00 AM11:00

Beltane, Fire Festival of the Sun in Summer

Sunday 7 May

Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek

The huge Beltane Festival in Edinburgh each year is a fire festival that celebrates 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

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Apr
30
11:00 AM11:00

Solitude

Sunday 30 April

Rev Jennifer Doherty

Loneliness is painful, but solitude can have gentleness, power, and possibilities for self-fulfilment. How do we develop a positive relationship with solitary time?

Rev Jennifer Doherty is an interfaith minister

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Mar
5
11:00 AM11:00

To Be a Pilgrim

Service led by Joan Cook    

What does it mean to undertake a Pilgrimage? Is a pilgrimage, just a trip to somewhere with some sort of religious importance, and if not, what is it?  

Joan Cook is our Lay Celebrant  

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Feb
19
11:00 AM11:00

The Bud, the Blossom, and the Blessing

Service led by Rev Peter Fairbrother 
 
To love others, we must first learn to love our self. An oft' quoted statement, but how much do we really love and care for our self in everyday life? Three wee words, one big challenge: love yourself more. A personal exploration of the journey towards the divine within. 

Peter Fairbrother is an Interfaith minister

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Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

Divine Love and Romantic Love

Service led by Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek
 
Love songs often reflect divine love, which belongs everywhere, but confining it to romance can limit joy, exert partners, and get us soul freight instead of a soul mate. There are other eyes in which to see ‘the resolution of all the fruitless searches.’
 
Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek is a member of St Mark’s

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Feb
5
11:00 AM11:00

Serendipity Service

Service led by Lesley Hartley

A potpourri of readings and favourite hymns chosen by you. You may have something appropriate for the winter months, or the year's beginning;  it may equally be something that just touches a chord. Whatever your choice, please contact Lesley to let her know what you'd like to read, or hear, or sing. 

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

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Jan
22
11:00 AM11:00

Gratitude

Service led by Hilary Anderson & Bláthnaid Quinn 

'Gratitude is defined as ‘thankfulness’. Can thankfulness help to sustain us through the challenging times in life? We hope to explore some everyday gratitude practices and reflect on how we can find support and even joy in the simple and everyday elements of our lives.'

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Dec
11
11:00 AM11:00

Gaudete Sunday - Joy To the World

Service led by Lynsey Bailey                                                                            

Gaudete means rejoice, and on the third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle on the advent wreath to represent Joy. So what better time to consider, and give thanks for, everything in our lives which brings us joy? 

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Nov
20
11:00 AM11:00

Who Needs a Church?

Service led by Rev Dr Petr Dolák Samojský

‘The church is for believers.’ As simple as it seems, the statement gets complicated when we try to define what ‘believing’ and ‘church’ mean. For one thing, there is no such thing as a living person without faith. 

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