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.

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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.

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Sunday 18 November, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Let your light so shine

Light figures largely in spiritual traditions. The Buddha said: “Why curse the darkness? You just have to light a candle.” Jesus said he was the Light of the World, that enlightens us all, and Shakespeare refers to a candle in the night as “like a good deed in the world”. Even scientists say that an outpouring of light started the Big Bang that gave rise to the Universe. It is interesting that “Eon”, the name of a major power supplier, actually means “Eternity” in Greek!
So if the light is within the world and within us all, how can we find it and make it manifest in ourselves, society, and even the wider world?
Led by Mike Rutter. All welcome.

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Tuesday 13 November, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Singing meditation

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. All welcome.

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Sunday 11 November, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Remembrance Sunday

“He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid.” Micah 4:3-4

Join us as we remember those whose lives have been broken and lost in war, and we renew our hopes for peace.

Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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