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
Rev Peter Fairbrother
As a community we pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome. But what does it mean to be welcoming? How is it manifest? Does it have parameters? In this service we extend a warm welcome to those who have recently chosen to become members of our community.
The shortening of the day brings us closer to the reality of living with the long nights ahead, until spring once again raises her head and smiles at us - next year!