Ann Sinclair reports

On the final morning of the meetings, the new Executive Committee (trustees) of the General Assembly took over from the old EC. This year Joan Cook stepped down after serving the maximum of two consecutive terms and eight years of service in all. She was elected, rather than appointed, to both terms and so far she is the only person to have achieved such a record. For several years she was the EC link to the national Ministry Strategy Group; latterly she has served as the safeguarding lead for the EC. She is also a member of the Sustentation Fund. Within Scotland she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Unitarian Association, and a former President. Joan is a Lay Celebrant and a Lay Preacher. She has been a member of St Mark’s for thirty-five years, has served as a trustee, as our Convener and in other roles. She regularly conducts services for us and for other congregations from Aberdeen to Sheffield. She actively supports the development of lay ministry and undertakes many other unsung tasks. She has recently launched St Mark’s Book Club. (Please speak to Joan for details of the next meeting or email her

Our deep thanks go to Joan for her support of our Unitarian movement, and our very best wishes for the future.

The photograph above, by John Clifford, is of Joan Cook in her role as Scottish Unitarian Association President, addressing guests at a civic reception at the Edinburgh City Chambers in 2013. The event commemorated a dual bicentenary; the passing of the Unitarian Relief Act or the Trinity Act and the founding of the SUA.