Macclesfield Gatherings 13/12

macclesfield online gatherings - 13/12

Dear friends
Please see below the details of our gatherings this week.
Tuesday 14th December 12.30 – 1.30 pm Tao on Tuesday in Chapel
Join us for our meditation on the Tao Te Ching. We read a short passage, enjoy a time of shared silence for meditation and then share our reflections on the text. All welcome.
Tuesday 14th December, 7 – 7.45 pm: Advent Centering Prayer Meditation
Listening with the heart: we will hear a piece of poetry on the advent theme of joy and listen for a word or phrase that speaks to us. We will then meditate on our sacred word or phrase using the simple practice of centering prayer, which originated with Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who was inspired by both Christian contemplative monasticism and Zen Buddhism. Led by Laura Dobson. No previous experience of meditation is required. All welcome.

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Wednesday 15th December 7 – 8 pm: Zoom Engagement Group
‘Why are we here? Discerning our Unitarian mission in an upturned world.’ 
A discussion of the inspiring and challenging theme talk for Hucklow Summer School 2021, given by Shana Parvin Begum, ‘What could we collectively choose to do differently to create places of worship that are truly welcoming to all?’ Led by Laura Dobson
In the meeting Laura will show a short extract from the talk, which will lead into a discussion of the main themes. All welcome.
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Having attended Summer School twice (in-person!) Shana is really honoured to be invited to be a theme speaker this year. Shana has a background in media, is trained in counselling and yoga, and works with children where she brings in her passion for psycho-education and wellbeing. Coming from a lineage of Sufi pirs Shana is also a practitioner of Bhakti Yoga and was given the spiritual name Sri Devi by her Guru. She enjoys playing her ukulele, drumming, chanting and dancing like nobody’s watching.
You can watch the full talk here:
All the theme talks can be viewed from the Hucklow Summer School YouTube channel
Thursday 16th December, 7 – 8.15 pm: Heart and Soul on Zoom
Heart and Soul is a contemplative spiritual gathering in which you can take time to reflect on life in the company of others. Each session follows a regular pattern, including readings and music, time for guided prayers of gratitude, compassion for others, self-reflection, and silent meditation. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome. 
This week’s theme is ‘Joy’:
‘Finding true joy is the hardest of all spiritual tasks. If the only way to make yourself happy is by doing something silly, do it.’ — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
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Sunday 19th December 11 am – 2 pm: Chapel Open Day, with Carol Service at 1 pm
The chapel will be open for festive refreshments, music and chat from 11 am to 2pm, with an informal service of carols and readings at 1 pm. All welcome.
Anyone who is unable to attend chapel is welcome to join Chorlton Unitarians for their festive Christmas Carol service, led by Laura Dobson, at 6 pm:
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Meeting ID: 868 9873 0361
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With much love and many blessings

Rev Laura Dobson

Minister, Chorlton Unitarians and King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel, Macclesfield

Tel: 07445 202415

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