Building towards, building on, building with Peace

“Peace is not the absence of war; it is virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”’ – Baruch Spinoza

The suggestion that peace is about presence rather than merely an absence is found in many forms: a presence of justice, of Christ, of God, creativity. Perhaps the most well-known is Martin Luther King Jr’s “True peace is not merely the...
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Drawing from Our Well

‘What need is there for profundity; everything I need is here.’ – Kenneth Collier, Garden Zen

I spent last week in Derbyshire attending Hucklow Summer School. This is a retreat and programme for Unitarians (and others). The days begin with a talk and lead on to engagement groups, singing, walking, writing, dancing, eating, chatting, communing. Anything for which we are inspired,...
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Job Opportunity! – Chapel Administrator

Might you be just the person we are looking for?

We wish to recruit a CHAPEL ADMINISTRATOR

for Cross Street Unitarian Chapel

in the centre of Manchester

This is non-residential, 16 hrs a week contract

Working variable hours across any

4...
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Seeing Through the Darkness

Because we are imperfect and love so Deeply we will never have enough days, We need the gift of starting over, beginning Again: just this constant good, this Saving hope. – Nancy Shaffer, “Because We spill not only milk”

Forrest Church, an eminent Unitarian minister, spoke of Nancy Shaffer as embodying a world “riddled with epiphanies, her...
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Expressing a moment of the eternal

“Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending. The risks are obvious: you may never get to the end … or having gotten there, you may not have said anything. This is probably not a good idea in public speaking, but it’s an excellent idea in making art.” – David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear

Bayles and Orland are writing about art, but I...
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Who are our kindred?

True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joy of others. Without imagination, there can be weakness, theoretical or practical philanthropy, but not true kindness. – Andre Gide, Pretexts, Reflections on Literature and Morality

There are times when I miss something that’s plainly in front of me; we have a special recording device at chapel,...
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