Tuesday 15 January, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: St Hildegard of Bingen – Five Elementary Journeys

“For just as the sun is fixed in the firmament of heaven and has power over the creatures of the earth so that nothing can overcome them, so also believers who have their hearts and minds directed toward God cannot be forgotten by God.”

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.

Our explorations will run over 5 sessions, but each session will be stand-alone so you are welcome to attend just as many as you can.

Week 2 – Tuesday 15 January
Fire:
Hildegard the visionary artist
Exploring her paintings

Hildegard All Beings Celebrate Creation

Sunday 13 January, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Nasruddin’s Coat

We shall hear a story about the popular Muslim folk hero Nasruddi, who is turned away from a magnificent banquet, only to be quickly ushered in again later once he reappears wearing a splendid coat of many colours. The moral is that honour and dignity were heaped on apparel which was in fact hollow and empty, while the person inside was slighted and ignored. This might lead us to consider our own life and our shallow preoccupation with vanity while there might be a need for inner renewal and authenticity.
Led by Tom Grimshaw. All welcome.

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Tuesday 8 January, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: St Hildegard of Bingen – Five Elemental Journeys

“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.

Our explorations will run over 5 sessions, but each session will be stand-alone so you are welcome to attend just as many as you can.

Week 1 – Tuesday 8 January
Air:
Hildegard the composer
Exploring her music

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Sunday 6 January, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Epiphany

Join us for a bring and share gathering on the theme of gifts to celebrate Epiphany, the Feast of Manifestation, which commemorates the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus.

Please feel free to bring poems, songs, readings or other offerings to share with the group.

Facilitated by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

B385G4 Gold, myrrh and Frankinscene. Image shot 2005. Exact date unknown.

Sunday 30 December, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Crossing the threshold of the year

“Grandmother Wisdom, open the door.
Grandfather Counsel, come you in.
Let there be welcome to the ancient lore.
In cold and darkness you are traveling,
Under crystal skies you will arrive.
May the blessed time of Samhain
Clarify the souls of all beings,
Bringing joy and wisdom to revelation.
From the depths to the heights,
From the heights to the depths,
In the cave of every soul.”
Caitlin Matthews

Time, Thresholds and Liminal Spaces: a Celtic service led by Ellada Titane. All welcome.

_Lord of lore

 

Friday 21 December, 7 – 8.30 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Yule / Winter Solstice

Join our informal gathering to celebrate Yule, the festival of reflection and renewal. At this time we pause and listen to our inner wisdom in the stillness, becoming aware of the seeds of our future growth waiting for birth. We welcome the rebirth of the sun at the winter solstice, seeking renewal in our lives by honouring the darkness and the return of the light within.

This year our celebration will have a heathen flavour. We will work with the seasonal energies through meditating, singing, chanting and sharing our insights. Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories or other offerings to share with the group.

After the circle celebration we will share seasonal food.
Led by Laura Dobson and Martin Singer. All welcome.

cozy fire in fireplace

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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