Friday 1 November, 7 – 8.30 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Samhain

Join us for our informal celebration of the festival of Samhain. At this time we honour our ancestors, let go of the old year and embrace the shadow, preparing to go within to enjoy the rejuvenating darkness of winter. We will work with the energies of the season and celebrate with music, meditation, poetry and more.
Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories, circle dances or other offerings to share with the group. Please also bring photographs or other mementoes of any ancestors you would like to honour.
After the circle celebration we will share food. All welcome.

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Tuesday 29 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 third session of four.
All welcome.

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Sunday 27 October, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Into the Dark

“O Holy Darkness, loving Womb, who nurtures and creates,
sustain us through the long night with dreams of open gates.
We move inside to mystery that in our center dwells,
where streams of richest beauty flow from sacred, living wells.”
Jann Aldredge-Clanton

As the nights draw in, what treasures of the spirit might we find in the darkness?
Led by Laura Dobson
All welcome

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Tuesday 22 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 second session of four.
All welcome.

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Sunday 20 October, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Peace

“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.”
International Prayer for Peace

The third Sunday in October is the Unitarian Day of Prayer for Peace and this day marks the end of the interfaith Week of Prayer for Peace.

Join us to experience peace in prayer, poetry, prose, song and silence.

Led by Sue Cockerill. All welcome.

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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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Tuesday 8 October, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Silent meditation

To deepen into silence in the company of others can be a very powerful experience. Give yourself permission to pause – calm your mind, body and spirit, recuperate and boost your vitality, explore deep inner work and develop self awareness.

Led by Grainne Gordon. No meditation experience necessary. All welcome.

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Sunday 6 October, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Anniversary service

May we honour our past.
May we live fully our present.
May we build our future, living our shared purpose:
To be a welcoming spiritual community of open minds and open hearts
To nurture one another
To work for justice
And to care for the earth.

Join us as celebrate the 128th anniversary of our beloved community of Chorlton Unitarians.
Led by Laura Dobson. 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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