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 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

Joan Cook

Hope

A look at one of the themes of the Christian season of advent. Where today can we find,
bring and enjoy hope, and how can we bring hope into the lives of others?

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

sunday 10 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

sunday 17 December

Katie Brown

Family Christmas Service

An active, participatory family service where we will celebrate this special time in our
calendar together. As Santa will be visiting us please send names and ages of children
attending to Bláthnaid Quinn.

Katie Brown is a member of St Mark’s

sunday 24 December

Lesley Hartley

A Service of Carols and Readings

A service, with candlelight, to start the Christmas celebrations; Christmas carols and songs,
with readings and poems on the Christmas theme. All are welcome.

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

The service will begin at 16.00 and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

sunday 31 December

Rev Dr Rob Whiteman

Tradition - How should we respond to it?

Taking stock for the New Year.

Rev Dr Rob Whiteman is the minister at Dundee Unitarians and a former member of St Mark’s

sunday 7 January

Lesley Hartley

Purple Service

A service of hymns from the purple hymnbook. ‘Since singing is so good a thing I wish all
men would learn to sing’ William Byrd.

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

sunday 14 January

Rev John Clifford

The Edict of Torda

The Edict of Torda is one of the Foundation documents in our very complex history. It also
involves a dramatic struggle between survival and integrity, between leadership and
accountability. We'll have to skim through the history to learn the lessons. Three sermons
for one sitting!

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

sunday 21 January

Joan Cook

The Universal Language

Music is an important part of Unitarian services of worship, but its power and influence are
often not fully appreciated. This morning we shall explore how music contributes to our
worship.

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

sunday 28 January

Rev Peter Fairbrother

Sacred-scared and the Holy Terrors

Wholly holey! Riffing Ginsberg, exploring the sacred, and celebrating our wonderful,
bewildering, contradictory selves

Rev Peter Fairbrother is an Interfaith minister

sunday 4 February

Lesley Hartley

Creative Serendipity

A service to celebrate the talents of our congregation members who like to make or design
- whether it be a crocheted item, a Fair Isle jumper, the best biscuits in Edinburgh or a
masterpiece from a U3A class - we'd like to see them and find out about them. If you would
like to take part, please speak to Lesley Hartley.

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