Tuesday 3 December, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Centering Prayer Meditation

Centering prayer originated with Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who was inspired by both Christian contemplative monasticism and Zen Buddhism. It is a form of silent prayer or meditation focused on a sacred word of your choosing. Participants will be invited to choose one of the words of Advent – Hope, Peace, Joy, Love – to work with in the meditation.
Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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Saturday 30 November, 3 – 4.30 pm: Unitarians, where do 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.

November 30th: “The Joy of Sects” – the English Civil War and the life of Isaac Newton

All welcome.

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Friday 29 November, 7 – 9 pm: Roots and Wings

Open to all Unitarian members and attenders
This group will offer those attending space to explore 2 things:
• Our roots, in family and elsewhere: how they have influenced our arrival at the Unitarian Church?
• Our wings – how do we grow them, and where would we like them to take us? In other words, are we being called forward? Can we help to spark one another’s courage to step into or continue in the life we know would be truest to us?

• Meditations
• Group sharing
• Personal Journal work
• Discussion
• Creation?

Each session will contain one or more of the elements above – and other ideas that the group itself may form. Cups of tea are included and this is intended to be a safe and convivial and sacred space to explore our personal spiritual histories and journeys, our attachment to the Unitarian tradition (as a member or attender we already have some kind of attachment) and our aspirations. Creation is an open possibility, not a requirement – for poems or songs or paintings or other forms of expression that may naturally arise in the progress of the group.

Led by Hilary Bichovsky. All welcome.

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Tuesday 19 November, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Meditation and mindfulness

In these turbulent times we often seek a means of coming to ourselves, of revealing the natural harmony between our body, thoughts, feelings, and spirit. In this meeting we shall try some simple methods of mindfully observing our inner world and returning to our innate wisdom, so that we can go back to the outer world and act for the good of all.
No previous experience of meditation required.
Led by Mike Rutter. All welcome

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Sunday 17 November, 10.30 – 11.30 am: There is One God, Whose Name is Truth

“There is One God, Whose name is Truth, Universal Creator, fearing none, without hate, who never dies, who is beyond the cycle of births and death, who is self-existent, who is realized by the grace of the True Guru. Meditate on His Name. True in the beginning, True throughout the ages, True here and now, O Nanak, forever and ever True.” Guru Nanak

2019 marks 500 years since the birth of Guru Nanak. This months Sikhs all over the world will observe Guru Nanak Jayanti Prakash, the festival celebrating the birth of the founder of Sikhism, born in 1469. Join us to hear his story and share his wisdom for us today.
Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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Friday 15 November, 7 – 9 pm: Roots and Wings

Open to all Unitarian members and attenders
This group will offer those attending space to explore 2 things:
• Our roots, in family and elsewhere: how they have influenced our arrival at the Unitarian Church?
• Our wings – how do we grow them, and where would we like them to take us? In other words, are we being called forward? Can we help to spark one another’s courage to step into or continue in the life we know would be truest to us?

• Meditations
• Group sharing
• Personal Journal work
• Discussion
• Creation?

Each session will contain one or more of the elements above – and other ideas that the group itself may form. Cups of tea are included and this is intended to be a safe and convivial and sacred space to explore our personal spiritual histories and journeys, our attachment to the Unitarian tradition (as a member or attender we already have some kind of attachment) and our aspirations. Creation is an open possibility, not a requirement – for poems or songs or paintings or other forms of expression that may naturally arise in the progress of the group.

This is session 2 of 6.

Led by Hilary Bichovsky. All welcome.

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