Join us for reflections on the spirituality of taking time out and the changing seasons. Coffee and cake will be served! 10.30 am start, everyone welcome. Led by members of the congregation Grainne Gordon, Viv Stott Morrison and Laura Dobson
She says "As I look back on my life there are memories that flood my mind and heart with pain and regrets. I suspect that the same thing might happen to all of us despite what Edith Piaf sings. This Sunday we will spend some time gently reflecting with compassion on regrets and hoping to bring healing to our hearts through connecting with each other and remembering our human frailties" Starts 10.30am Everyone welcome.
Madonna famously said that we all live in a material world (and we are material guys/girls). However, much of traditional spirituality emphasises the need to transcend the material world, including the body and its emotional needs, or at least to impose a strict ascetic discipline on it, in order to attain true enlightenment. This approach holds much of value, but it can lead to an impoverished life for most of us ordinary mortals, as well as to devaluation and exploitation of our natural environment. Yet, there have always existed other, more life-affirming forms of spirituality, which celebrate the material world, the body, and emotionality, as part of an integrated path to human fulfilment - many of them involving worship of the Divine Feminine as manifest in the world and in our own natures. We shall look at some of these, from Aradia to Zen (via Eleusis and Aleister Crowley). The title is taken from "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler, which will be referenced in the service. Everybody welcome. Starts 10.30am
A theme to explore this Sunday was voiced by Albert Einstein:" Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted " Tom Grimshaw will be asking if you can match Anthony Aloysius Hancock's notebook in which he carefully listed all his good deeds, and while we consider goodwill to all we might also consider being occasionally a little kinder to ourselves. Starts 10.30 am Everyone welcome