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.


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 6 august

Rev Dr Geo Cameron-Gaiduschek

Lughnasadh: Festival of the All Skilled One

The Celtic Divinity Lugh was a master of life’s arts. His story can inspire us to embrace all life’s skills, whatever our ages and situations.  I do it in a  comfy chair, some people do it in the bath, others lie on a bed, or on the floor, or stood on a tram. How do you read?   


SUNDAY 13 august

Patrice Fitzgerald and Richard Leslie

Music as a Gift

From building community to creating a spiritual connection, music is a powerful force. Patrice and Richard will share songs and words that celebrate the joy music can bring to singers as well as listeners, and will talk about their own experience as first-time performers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

This American couple visited St. Mark's in 2010 as part of a Unitarian choir tour from Connecticut and has come back to perform at the Fringe on Sunday, 6 August. Patrice and Richard recently sold their home to travel around the world and do a bit of singing and writing along the way.  


SUNDAY 20 august

Rev Roger Fritts

Laughter as a Spiritual Experience

The Fringe Festival includes a thousand comedy acts, ranging from stand-up routines to scripted plays.  All this laughter encourages Rev. Fritts to explore the relationship between laughter and religion.  Rev Roger Fritts was our guest minister in the summer of 2007 and currently serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Sarasota, Florida. He and his wife, Rev Leslie Westbrook, are on vacation for two weeks in Edinburgh, enjoying the festivals.   


SUNDAY 27 august

Rev Brian Cooper

Glimpses of Faith at the Festival

Rev Brian Cooper reflects on some Festival shows, with faith-related themes.   


SUNDAY 3 september

Ida Silkenat

Water Communion

Attendees are invited to bring a small quantity of water from a place that is special to them. Our combined offerings of water will symbolise our shared faith coming from many different sources.

Ida Silkenat is a member of St Mark’s 


SUNDAY 10 september

Wild Geese Sangha (part of the Community of Interbeing)

Waking Up: Presence, connection and community in the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful awareness of breathing enables us to keep our ‘appointment with life’ in the present and appreciate more fully the wonders of life within us and around us. Sustained collective practice underpinned by clear ethical guidelines leads us towards deeper understanding of our inter-dependence.


SUNDAY 17 september

Joan Cook

‘The Meaning of Life….’

Acknowledging the importance of the cycles of life as we celebrate one of the most important festivals of most Church calendars, the festival of Harvest thanksgiving. As usual we shall be collecting for the Homeless Project at St Catharine's. Please see page 9 for the items particularly requested by St Catharine's this year.

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


SUNDAY 24 september

Rev Brian Cooper

From the Local to the Global

An Inter-faith service marking the United Nations International Day of Peace

Rev Brian Cooper is a retired Baptist minister


SUNDAY 1 October

Rev John Clifford

‘If You Change Nothing, Nothing Will Change’

As the theme for his sermon, John Clifford will be using Luther's courageous posting of ninety-five theses for debate as background to the idea that ‘If you change nothing, nothing will change.

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