Mrs Joan Cook has been elected as President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches for the year April 2018 to April 2019.
Mrs Joan Cook was elected twice to serve on Executive Committee of the General Assembly from 2009 - 2017. She served as EC link for several districts, and also as link with the Ministry Commission, and Ministry Strategy Group, and as Safeguarding lead. She was involved in the fm future ministry project, working with the Welsh congregations in formulating their bid.
She has served on the Executive Committee of the Scottish Unitarian Association for over 10 years, with 3 years as President, and was re-elected to a second term in May 2017.
She has represented the Scottish Unitarian Association at many Inter-Faith events, Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office Advisory Group, as well as during the Equal Marriage campaign. She currently represents the SUA at Holyrood in the campaign for Assisted Dying and at the Faith in Older People forum.
She became a member of St. Mark’s Church, Edinburgh in 1981. She served on the Council of St. Mark’s for over 15 years, much of that as Convenor of the Ministry Committee, and 5 years as Convenor of Council. For 28 years she was active in leading the Children’s programme, and served as co-ordinator for approximately half that time.
She is a Celebrant and has been leading services of worship for over 12 years, and completed the Advanced level of the Worship Studies Course in 20015.