Friday 8 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 1 of 6.

Led by Hilary Bichovsky. All welcome.

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Tuesday 5 November, 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 fourth session of four.
All welcome.

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Saturday 2 November, 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.

November 2nd: “New Worlds for Old” – the fall of Byzantium, printing, Columbus, Bruno and Galileo

All welcome.

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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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