Sunday 30 December, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Crossing the threshold of the year

“Grandmother Wisdom, open the door.
Grandfather Counsel, come you in.
Let there be welcome to the ancient lore.
In cold and darkness you are traveling,
Under crystal skies you will arrive.
May the blessed time of Samhain
Clarify the souls of all beings,
Bringing joy and wisdom to revelation.
From the depths to the heights,
From the heights to the depths,
In the cave of every soul.”
Caitlin Matthews

Time, Thresholds and Liminal Spaces: a Celtic service led by Ellada Titane. All welcome.

_Lord of lore

 

Friday 21 December, 7 – 8.30 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Yule / Winter Solstice

Join our informal gathering to celebrate Yule, the festival of reflection and renewal. At this time we pause and listen to our inner wisdom in the stillness, becoming aware of the seeds of our future growth waiting for birth. We welcome the rebirth of the sun at the winter solstice, seeking renewal in our lives by honouring the darkness and the return of the light within.

This year our celebration will have a heathen flavour. We will work with the seasonal energies through meditating, singing, chanting and sharing our insights. Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories or other offerings to share with the group.

After the circle celebration we will share seasonal food.
Led by Laura Dobson and Martin Singer. All welcome.

cozy fire in fireplace

Sunday 9 December, 10.30 – 11.30 am: December Festivals of Light

Join us as Laura Dobson explores common themes in the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, Pagan celebration of Yule and Christian celebration of Christmas. We will also look at the modern Unitarian Universalist celebration of Chalica:

Created by Unitarian Universalist Darlene Marshall in 2005, Chalica is an invitation to spend a day with each of the UU principles, reflecting on their meaning and doing a good deed focused on each one. The celebration starts on the first Monday in December and ends with the service the following Sunday.

The 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles – adult version:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

The 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles – children’s version:
1. Each person is important
2. Be kind in all you do
3. We’re free to learn together
4. And search for what is true
5. All people need a voice
6. Build a fair and peaceful world
7. We care for the earth

Followed by a congregational meeting – an informal chat, chance to raise any issues, make suggestions, etc. with the committee. All welcome.

chalicachalica candles

Sunday 9 December, 4 pm: A Magical Midwinter Concert of Solstice Songs and Carols

Our friends at the Manchester Goddess Temple invite you to warm your hearts and lift your spirits! Mulled wine and mince pies and lots of festive spirit! The extraordinarily talented duo Heloise Pilkington and Jenny Bliss will bring their angelic voices to the North, transporting you into the magic of midwinter with this stunning programme of pagan and traditional songs and carols.

Tickets £10 advance from www.heloisepilkington.com or £12 on the door.

Check them out in this youtube video.

heloise