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 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.
SUNDAY 11 June
Loose Change: HOPE, Freedom and Belonging
Change is always with us, for better or for worse. Let’s reflect today on what change feels like, as we step forward into the unknown, at times in doubt, at times in uncertainty, but always in conversation, in love, in kindness, and in hope.
Claire MacDonald is studying for Unitarian ministry at Harris Manchester College, Oxford
SUNDAY 18 June
Rev Alison Wagstaff
With readings from Matthew 9 and Genesis 18
Rev Alison Wagstaff is a member of the Clergy at St Columba’s by the Castle
SUNDAY 25 June
Rev David Paton-Williams
HEARING an Echo of the Divine
There is so much noise around us in the world and within ourselves. How can we hope to hear an echo of the divine?
Rev David Paton-Williams is the Rector at St Columba’s by the Castle
SUNDAY 2 July
The Miracle of Reading
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?