Sunday 19 August – Stepping stones

I am sure you can recall chilly days in the countryside rambling in the rain as mud made your way treacherous and puddles lapped into soggy boots and you scrambled from stepping stone to stepping stone. These were the gifts of strangers whom you would never meet and who helped you on your way. We will spend some time remembering those who have unselfishly helped us in our lives. May you continue to find some stepping stones on your travels and may you find a way to build a path for others.

Led by Tom Grimshaw. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.

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Sunday 12 August – Hildegard von Bingen: Sybil of the Rhine

“Love overflows into all things,
From out of the depths to above the highest stars;
And so Love overflows into all best beloved, most loving things,
Because She has given to the highest King
The Kiss of Peace.”

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Hildegard von Bingen a Doctor of the Church, a Catholic holy title held by only four women. Who was this woman who was so honoured by the Church more than 800 years after her death? Described by contemporary creation spirituality theologian Matthew Fox as “herald of the divine feminine, green prophet, church reformer” who “represents the big link between Christian spirituality and pre-patriarchial spiritualities,” Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) was abbess, artist, composer, counsellor, healer, herbalist, poet, preacher, theologian and visionary. Join us to experience some of the many ways the grandmother of the Rhineland mystical movement speaks to us today.

Led by Laura Dobson. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.

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Saturday 11 August – 50+ women’s group

A group for women who are over 50 years old and interested in exploring aspects of ageing and power in the context of the Unitarian Church values: space to examine the collective and personal potential of our spiritual selves and our experiences of becoming older, as women. This is often a time when women become invisible and powerless, our intention is to discuss ways of our energy and become powerful and visible in our own unique ways, a journey of discovery and coming back to self….

Led by Julie Wolstenholme and Sandra Evers.

6.30 – 8.30 pm, Saturdays 11 August, 25 August and 8 September.

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Friday 27 July – Earth Spirit Circle: Lughnasadh / Lammas

Join us for our informal gathering to celebrate Lughnasadh/Lammas, the festival of abundance and the harvest of the first fruits, at which we give thanks for the abundance of the earth and reflect on what we are bringing to fruition in our lives. We will celebrate with music, poetry, meditation and more. Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories, circle dances or other offerings to share with the group. After the circle celebration we will share food.

Led by Laura Dobson. Starts at 7 pm. All welcome.

 

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Sunday 22 July – flower celebration

“Within the heart of the flower, the fountain of beauty
Within the heart of the community, a fire that warms and dances
Within the heart of each of us, a spark of the spirit of life.
Holy, holy, holy.” Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Join us for our annual flower celebration.  Please bring a flower that represents you and the gifts you bring to our community, and receive a different flower to take home with you.

Led by Laura Dobson. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.

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