Sunday 30 August, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Wholly Holy (online via Zoom)

“I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self.”
Audre Lorde

In honour of Manchester Pride Weekend, join us as Laura Dobson leads our reflections on embracing the whole self. All welcome.
Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Tuesday 18 August, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Self-blessing meditation (online via Zoom)

We must learn to bless ourselves before we can bless others. This gentle meditation will help us bless ourselves, through the yoga techniques of mantra (sacred chant), mudra (hand postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises).

No previous meditation experience required. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Sunday 16 August, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Look for the helpers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” Fred Rogers

In honour of World Humanitarian Day, join us for a service celebrating helpers. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Sunday 2 August, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Lughnasadh – Festival of Transformation (online via Zoom)

“In letting go, we receive – the harvest is both a time of death, but also a time of reaping rewards, of achievement. Sacrifice is a letting go or giving up of something in order to move to a higher, deeper, more creative level. The corn, in being sacrificed at harvest time, is transformed into bread. Seen as such, Lughnasadh becomes a Festival of Transformation.” Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids

Join us as Laura Dobson leads our reflections on letting go, change and transformation. All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Saturday 1 August, 7 – 8 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Lughnasadh / Lammas (online via Zoom)

Join us for our informal online gathering to celebrate Lughnasadh/Lammas, the festival of abundance, transformation and the harvest of the first fruits.
At this time we give thanks for the abundance of the earth, and pause to reflect on what we are letting go of and what we are bringing to fruition in our lives.
We will work with the seasonal energies with meditation, poetry, music, and sharing our insights.

All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Sunday 12 July, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Listening with the Heart – Benedictine spirituality (online via Zoom)

“Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instuctions and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” Rule of St Benedict

How might listening with the ear of the heart call us to radical change and transformation?

Join us as Laura Dobson leads our explorations. All welcome. Please email minister@chorltonunitarians.org for the Zoom meeting details.

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Chorlton Unitarians statement on church activities, 6 July 2020

Chorlton Unitarians statement on church activities, 6 July 2020

Last week the government announced that Places of Worship may open from Saturday 4th July, subject to compliance with COVID-safe guidelines. However, we do not propose re-opening for Sunday services or other gatherings until we feel that would be a safe and pleasant way for our congregation to come together. Therefore we plan to continue offering our weekly online programme of gatherings on Zoom, including Sunday services, meditations, Heart and Soul gatherings and coffee mornings.

We are mindful that when we resume in-person gatherings, not everyone will be able to join us. We will therefore seek to ensure that our gatherings are accessible online as well as in-person in the future.

The government guidance continues to recommend that people who are over 70 and/or clinically vulnerable stay at home as much as possible, and to discourage the use of public transport except for essential journeys. We are mindful that, even with social distancing and hygiene measures, indoor meetings and use of public transport increase the risk of contracting COVID-19, and we would not want anyone to be under even subtle pressure to expose themselves to these risks in order to attend congregational gatherings.

We appreciate that many people are eager to return to in-person gatherings for worship, but under the current government guidance, any in-person meeting for worship would be a very different experience from what we are used to, with no singing, no refreshments, strict social distancing, and complications around safe provision of toilet facilities. Social distancing measures would mean that our numbers would be restricted to well below our average Sunday congregation.

We therefore think that the best option for our community is to continue with our online gatherings and close pastoral connections for the time being. We will keep this decision under regular review in the coming months as it becomes clearer how the rate of transmission and infection will be affected by the relaxation of the current guidance. We thank you for your patience and look forward to when we can meet safely in person.

Sheila Cass, Chairperson, and Laura Dobson, Lay Person in Charge