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Join us for our informal gathering to celebrate Lughnasadh/Lammas, the festival of abundance and the harvest of the first fruits, at which we give thanks for the abundance of the earth and reflect on what we are bringing to fruition in our lives. We will celebrate with music, poetry, meditation and more. Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories, circle dances or other offerings to share with the group. After the circle celebration we will share food.
Led by Laura Dobson. Starts at 7 pm. All welcome.
We are all pilgrims, drawn together in fellowship by the spirit within us, that impels us on our journey. The great traditions speak of this Spirit as being found in Nature, in Life, and in the Human Heart, bringing us life, love, direction, and inspiration. The Spirit seeks to lead us to unity, which is sadly lacking in the world around us. Let us in turn seek the Spirit, and bring its healing to the world. Today is International Friendship Day, and is a fitting time to celebrate the Spirit of Life, Love, and Unity within us all.
Led by Mike Rutter. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.
All over planet earth more and more millions of people are meditating, practising mindfulness, forming interfaith partnerships, serving the suffering. At the same time there is more awareness of some of the forces that seem dominant in the world – secret strategies for war and mass surveillance are now public knolwedge, paedophilia appears to run through many institutions including religious ones. Is consciousness rising? Led by Hilary Bichovsky. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.
Join us for an uplifting evening of simple song chants from a variety of world traditions interspersed with periods of meditative silence. No experience of singing or meditation required. The acoustics in the space are simply wonderful. All welcome to join in or just to listen and soak up the relaxing atmosphere. Please feel free to bring simple song chants to share with the group. Led by Laura Dobson. Starts 7 pm. All welcome.
“Love is the threshold where divine and human presence ebb and flow into each other.” John O’Donohue, Anam Cara.
Do you have a soul friend? Known as ‘anam cara’ in the Celtic Christian tradition and ‘Kalyana mitra’ in the Buddhist tradition, a soul friend walks the path with you, in understanding, honesty and love, and is the truest mirror to reflect your soul. In this bring and share service we will explore the concept of spiritual companionship and reflect on our experiences of soul friendship. Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories, etc. to share.
Led by Hilary Bichovsky and Laura Dobson. Starts at 10.30 am. All welcome.
We live in troubled times. Our world is in turmoil. Sometimes we feel powerless, not knowing what we can do to bring about the better world we long for, but the human spirit is powerful and we can each play our part, in a powerful way, towards a future we might only feel we can imagine.
In this service let us explore the power of the human spirit.
Led by Eve Cunningham. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.
Tracing Paths is a live performance piece from the Unturned Stones project which will premiere in July as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.
It is a composition using voice, word, sound, colour and movement and complements the ideas that inspired the exhibitions of art and poetry which were part of the Chorlton Arts Festival 2016; namely the cyclical patterns in nature and their relationship to our feeling lives.
We have some great performers working with us:
Janet Wolstenholme, Angela Cooper, Anjalie Chatterjee and Grainne Gordon.
Rehearsals have been well underway for several weeks, and it is already promising to be a beautiful and moving composition.
The performances will be at the Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in the centre of Manchester from Friday July 7 to Sunday July 9.
There will be matinee as well as evening performances on the Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets for the performances are £10 / £5
They can be bought online here.
You’ll also get another chance to catch the exhibition featuring Caroline Howitt and Angelika Sivyer’s work. This will be on display at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel throughout the whole of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival (1-31 July).
More details can be found on both the Greater Manchester Fringe website and the Unturned Stones website.
Jackie McTaggart and Grainne Gordon