Macclesfield Online Gatherings – 6/12

Macclesfield Online Gatherings - 06/12

Dear friends
Please see below the details of our gatherings this week.
Tuesday 7th 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 7th December, 7 – 7.45 pm: Advent Centering Prayer Meditation on Zoom
Listening with the heart: we will hear a piece of poetry on the advent theme of peace 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 Mark Hutchinson. No previous experience of meditation is required. All welcome.

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Wednesday 8th 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 Rev Kate Brady McKenna – What should we as Unitarians do if it turns out the world is ending? In the meeting I will show a short extract from the talk, which will lead into a discussion of the main themes. Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.
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Kate (she/her) is minister with the Unitarian congregation in Bury, East Lancashire, where she has been for nearly five years since moving from Norwich. She loves Jesus and Gaia and celebrates whichever festivals make her heart and soul sing, which allows for a lot of celebration. She is proudly Queer. Her desert island book would be a compilation of the entire Chalet School series, and for music she would take everything by Steeleye Span, although she’d pretend she’d take everything by Telemann. She is a proud dog-bore, likes making jam, and gets sad if she doesn’t see the sea a few times a year. Her favourite hymn book is the purple one, and she loves the psalms.
You can watch the full talk here:
All the theme talks can be viewed from the Hucklow Summer School YouTube channel 
Thursday 9th 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 ‘Hand Made.’
‘Handwork is often a form of prayer. Building models, knitting and stitchery, painting, baking bread, throwing pots, weaving — all can become a form of prayer. I have a vivid memory of the scene from the movie Gandhi in which Gandhi removes himself from the tumultuous activities in his quest for justice and sits in solitude spinning his own cotton.’ — Jane Vennard
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Thursday 9th December 7.30 – 9.30 pm: Sacred Drumming Circle in the Chapel
Organised by Karen Barber and friends. Please bring your own drum or other percussion instrument. All welcome.
Sunday 12th December 10 – 11 am: Sunday Gathering in the Chapel
Join us for our ‘reflections’ gathering, on the theme of ‘Diversity.’ Please feel free to bring poems, prayers, readings, songs, stories, and your own reflections on the theme. All welcome.
Anyone who is unable to attend chapel is welcome to join the Chorlton congregation on Zoom for their service at 10.30 am, led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.
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Meeting ID: 868 9873 0361
Passcode: 101861
With much love and many blessings