Service led by Jane Aaronson & Lynsey Bailey
‘If a person cannot see beauty in the world around them, then troubles and sadness tie them down’. Norbert Čapek said this at the first Flower Communion that he led in Prague on 4 June 1923. Today, as we remember him and that service, you are asked to bring a few flowers with you to share. We hope to be helped by the young people on our children’s programme during the first part of the service.
Service led by Lesley Hartley
Easter is the most important holy day in the Christian calendar; yet many of our modern Easter celebrations reflect non-Christian traditions. The celebration of Easter extends beyond the church. Since its origins, it has been a time of celebration and feasting. Today it is commercially important. So how, in all this, do Unitarians celebrate Easter?
Service led by Rev Lara Fuchs
“Wholeness doesn’t mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life” (Parker Palmer). We are continually in a process of change and renewal, hurting and healing, and may not always recognise or embrace our true, whole selves.
Service led by Lesley Hartley
We are pleased to welcome a speaker from the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre to talk during our service.
Service led by Jon Bagust & Lesley Hartley
The caste system in India prevents some children from receiving a proper education. We hear of the free after-school coaching classes for under privileged Dalit children (from the ‘untouchable caste’) in various parts of India and we learn how our own micro charity, ‘The Chennai Fund’, is making a difference providing children in Amanabakkum village with after-school coaching.
Service led by Rev Peter Fairbrother
Imbolc, in the Celtic calendar, marks the beginning of the lambing season and the stirrings of new life. The original word Imbolg means ‘in the belly’. All is pregnant and expectant - and only just visible if at all, like the gentle curve of a ‘just-showing’ pregnancy. Today we celebrate the beginning of Spring with a service of Celtic worship.
Rev Jennifer Doherty
Although mid-January can feel very wintry, we are only two weeks away from Imbolc, celebrating the first stirrings of Spring. How do we prepare for that? How do we close winter in a conscious way? Can we use the time let go of anything that doesn't serve us, before the freshness of spring?
Music is important to us as a species, and it can be particularly important to people with dementia. Singing in a group can improve a person's mood, recall, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. Diana will speak to us about the singing groups she has been involved in developing and running across Edinburgh and beyond for people with dementia.
In today's service Rev Barbara Campbell will explore what it's like to be a carer for a family member, friend or loved one. The issues that come up and how it affects the life of the care giver. The highs and the lows and the need for self-care and using support networks.
Rev Peter Fairbrother
Today we have each other. Present, at this time.
And there's only ever today in our lives, for the past is behind us
and the future but a distant dream...
Today we honour those who journey with dementia, and the love that holds us all.
Rev John Clifford
100 years since the Armistice that ended the War to End All Wars. Other than ever more creative ways to conduct war and kill each other, have we learnt anything since then? Is there anything that would justify our historic Unitarian hopeful view of humanity's future?
You are encouraged to be in your seats in time for the 2 minutes silence at 11:00