Tuesday 15 October, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: The Way of the Gnostic

Not we or one, say I and thou (you)
not there and then stay here and now
Don’t use ‘but’ say ‘and’
Don’t ask ‘why’ ask ‘how’

Join us as Harry Fleming leads us in exploring a gnostic approach to spirituality through participatory exercises, interactions, games and gnostically revised songs.
There will be time for feedback and responses to the exercises and games, but this is not a discussion group so please leave your philosophies and theologies at home. This is about the people attending, what they bring and God.

This is the first session of four.
All welcome.

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Sunday 13 October, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Who has seen the wind?

“Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I: But when the trees bow down their heads, The wind is passing by.” Christina Rossetti
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8
Many cultures compare the Spirit animating all things to the wind, the breath of life active in the world and in ourselves. Eastern cultures speak of Prana or Chi as the vital energy that we can draw on for physical and emotional health, creativity, and spiritual growth. Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and Dream Analysis offer a way to reunite with our true selves.
Led by Mike Rutter. All welcome.

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Saturday 5 October, 3 – 4.30 pm: Unitarians: where did we come from?

A series of three talks by Mike Rutter: a gentle overview of the origins of Unitarian theological ideas in the period of the Reformation in 16th and 17th Century Europe. We shall look at the impact of the Renaissance on the European-wide awakening of religious thought after Luther, and also at the role of Isaac Newton and his ideas in giving rise to the modern world. The tone will be popular rather than academic, concerned with understanding the way beliefs developed rather than with a detailed chronology. No previous knowledge of Unitarianism is required.

Each meeting will include a 30 – 40 minutes talk, followed by a break for refreshments and then a general discussion period.

October 5th: ROUTES AND BRANCHES – our tortuous paths from the Reformation, via Michael Servetus, to the Edict of Torda.

All welcome.

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