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1. A Unitarian Christmas

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 07 December, 2010 from 07:00 PM until 08:30 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

The aim of this workshop is to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the meanings of solstice, Christmas and other midwinter festivals. We will be looking at what this time of year means to each of us, and what it has meant to other cultures, past and present.

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2. Solstice Carol Service

Location: Frenchay Unitarian Chapel, Bristol Frenchay Bristol BS16 1NE
Date: 19 December, 2010 from 06:00 PM until 07:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

The service will include readings from the Unitarian and Pagan traditions, and carols which reflect the turning of the season and Pagan themes of light and darkness, greenery and merriment.

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3. Bridge of Light 2010

Location: Global event N1 2TZ
Date: 26 December, 2010 from 09:00 AM until 01 January, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

Welcome in the new year with Bridge of Light, a new holiday honouring LGBT culture.

People celebrate Bridge of Light by lighting six candles, one for each color of the LGBT rainbow flag, on New Year’s Eve -- or from  26 December  to 1 January, one candle per day.

Each candle stands for a universal principle and its expression in the lives and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people:

  1. Red - The Root of Spirit (Community)
  2. Orange - The Fire of Spirit (Eros)
  3. Yellow - The Core of Spirit (Self-Esteem)
  4. Green - The Heart of Spirit (Love)
  5. Blue - The Voice of Spirit (Self-Expression and Justice)
  6. Purple - The Eye of Spirit (Wisdom)
  7. All Candles - The Crown of Spirit (Spirituality)

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4. Spiritual Practices: Lectio Divina

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 19 January, 2011 from 07:30 PM until 16 January, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

Lectio Divina is a mystical Christian practice which involves contemplation of a text. It has four phases: reading, meditation, prayer, contemplation. Please bring a short section from sacred writings such as the Psalms, the Tao te Ching or poems. Choose something new or a piece that you have loved for a long time; a new meaning may come to you.

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5. Spiritual practices: Contemplative Prayer

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 16 February, 2011 from 07:00 PM until 19 February, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

Because many people do not believe in a personal God or in miraculous interventions, we find it difficult to pray. But prayer is not just about asking for things. It can be contemplative. It can be about communing silently with the universe, or self-examination, or holding loved ones in your thoughts, or increasing mindfulness. This workshop will look at different types of prayer, and invite you to create your own prayers, as well as spending some time practicing contemplative and centering prayer.

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6. Spirituality Workshop: What do Easter and Lent mean to you?

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 16 March, 2011 from 07:00 PM until 09:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

We will examine what Lent and Easter have meant to people down the ages, and what they can mean for us now. The workshop will include Jungian perspectives, ancient pagan mythological parallels, Unitarian ideas, and Christian mystical ideas.

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7. Spirituality Workshop: Meditation

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 20 April, 2011 from 07:00 PM until 09:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

We will start with some simple meditation techniques for relaxation, such as relaxing the body, mindfulness of breathing, and simple visualisations to assist with focusing on the breath.

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8. Loving kindness meditation (Metta Bhavana)

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 18 May, 2011 from 07:00 PM until 09:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

This is a Buddhist meditation practice which promotes loving kindness and a sense of peace and harmony. We will explore the variations on Metta Bhavana, the Buddhist ideas which gave rise to it, and spend some time practising it.

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9. Visualisation

Location: Trowbridge Meeting House (Unitarian) Trowbridge BA14 8LY
Date: 15 June, 2011 from 07:00 PM until 09:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

This is a practice used by many Pagans to explore and transform the inner self. We will try some simple visualisations, and look at some of the symbolism of the Pagan traditions which is used in visualisations, such as the four elements.

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10. The Gospel and the Zodiac

Location: Oldham Unitarian Church Oldham OL8 1EB
Date: 09 July, 2011 from 10:00 AM until 04:00 PM
Leader: Yvonne Aburrow

In The Gospel and the Zodiac, Unitarian minister, Bill Darlison demonstrates that the Gospel of Mark - considered the primary document of Christianity - is deliberately structured around the signs of the zodiac. Darlison argues that the Gospel was originally an esoteric rather than a historical text, and that its stories were never intended to be interpreted in a literal sense. Rather, they are dramatic representations of stages in spiritual development, and repositories of arcane wisdom.

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