Registration for FUSE 2016 is open now. Go to http://fusefest.org.uk/ for more information. Take advantage of the early bird discount and book before 1st December 2015. Descriptions of workshops can be seen at: http://fusefest.org.uk/workshops/
Pre-conference workshop on Friday 19 February 2016 from 1:30-4:00 PM: Community Organising, led by Citizens UK - cost is £20.00 extra
The AGM of the LDPA will be held on Saturday 21st March 2015 at Essex Church, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London W8 4RT. People are invited to arrive between 1pm and 1.30pm so as to be in time for the service of worship, which Rev John Carter, our Interim District Minister, will lead. This will be John's last public engagement in the role, before the new full-time District Minister, Rev Martin Whitell, takes office on 28th March.
The meeting is forecast to finish not later than 4.30pm, followed by tea.
Each congregation (including fellowships) is entitled to two delegates at the AGM. It would be helpful if you would notify Wade Miller-Knight, the LDPA secretary, during February as to who your delegates will be, with their email address or postal address for sending the agenda, constitutional amendments, etc, in due course. You can reach him by email at email@example.com ; or by post to 141 Colindeep Lane, London NW9 6DD.
People who are not delegates may attend the AGM but may not vote.
You may wish to remind/advise your delegates that parking in the neighbourhood of Essex Church is restricted and expensive - the area is even excluded from the permissions for blue badge holders that operate nearly everywhere else in the country. The church is close to Notting Hill Gate tube station and several bus routes pass the door or close by. Please see local map attached. If you need specific travel instructions, please go to: http://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/ and put in your postcode and Essex Church’s postcode (W8 4RT) to get travel instructions and a map. If you are travelling on public transport, it is always advised to check for tube line closures which may affect your journey: http://tfl.gov.uk/tube-dlr-overground/status/
Any congregation wishing to propose either a Resolution or a Constitutional Amendment must send it to reach Wade by post or email on or before 27th February.
The business of the AGM will include the election of members of Council, who are the LDPA's Trustees and your elected representatives for governance of the LDPA's activities. Members are normally elected for three-year terms and therefore there are three places up for election for the three years to March 2018. As a result of a resignation during 2014, there is also a vacancy for a two-year term. The current Council members whose terms expire at the AGM are Francis Clark-Lowes and Wade Miller-Knight. Both are eligible for re-election. The third three-year place is at present vacant. During the year, Council co-opted Leigh Engeham as a member. He is eligible for election. Nominations of people for election to Council should reach Wade on or before 13th March.
The AGM will also elect the Honorary President. Nominations need to reach Wade on or before 10th March.
The Oneness - Led by Jef Jones
Cost £10.00 or by donation
The founding Unitarians believed in the Unity of God and rejected the doctrine of the Trinity. This workshop will explore the meaning of the Oneness of God through prayer, meditation and discussion. What does the oneness of God mean today? Does the oneness of God still matter? What might it mean for our souls and the way we live our lives?
Jef Jones is the Lay Leader at Brighton Unitarian Church, where he leads two Sunday services each month.
Sarah Alexander, will present a day long workshop on the theme of Spiritual Leadership in Worship. She is a published author and speaker, and attends Meadrow Chapel in Godalming. See www.sarah-alexander.co.uk for more information about Sarah.
There will be a charge of £15 per person, payable on the day, cash or cheques made out to LDPA, or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
The day will be held at Lewisham Unitarian Meeting, 41 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2TS
And all manner of things will be well
Meditations on the life and work of Julian of Norwich
Led by Kate Mckenna
Cost £10.00 or by donation
An afternoon of meditations which take as their starting point the life and work of Julian of Norwich, the fourteenth century mystic. Julian was one of the most creative and radical Christian mystics of her time, and perhaps of all time. In Revelations of Divine Love she describes her visions of an infinitely compassionate and nurturing God, encapsulating both male and female energies. Her positivity and love was deeply informed by her life of prayer.
We will explore Julian’s teachings and visions, and ask what a fourteenth century anchorite can possibly have to say to busy twenty-first century religious liberals.
Kate McKenna is a Student Minister at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and leads services at the Octagon Unitarian Chapel, Norwich.
To book a place, please call 01273 696 022 or email email@example.com
Places are limited so don’t delay booking your place.
Workshop takes place at
Brighton Unitarian Church
New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF
District Unitarians are invited to a farewell celebration before David moves to the United States.
Sunday 10th August 2014 - 4:00 PM
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1NG (nearest tube is Hampstead)
RSVP: Danielle Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Gregson and Ann Howell of SimpleGifts invite you to a half-day event for a guided-yet-open discussion about the future of our reforming and justice-making common faith.
Help us “think forward” to what a UK-wide vision for social action and social justice might look like over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.
Lunch provided; some home hospitality available for guests coming from afar.
Unitarians from near and far are invited show your true colours and join us in a celebration of solidarity for the LGBT(etc) community! Bring your flags, bring your banners but most of all, bring your PRIDE!
Gather between 10:30 and 11:30, on the portico of St Marylebone church, 17 Marylebone Road. (located between Baker Street and Regent's Park Underground stations). Parade begins at 1pm.
Help spread a little joy at a "Circus Saturday" for low income East London kids aged 4-13! A joint venture with the LDPA Youth Group and SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action.
Venue: Mansford Street Church, 117 Mansford Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6LX - A 15 minute walk from Bethnal Green tube
You are warmly invited to a Fri-Sat 24 hours of fun, hanging out, good eats, sleepover and professionally led "Circus Afternoon." A great opportunity to make not only new Unitarian friends, but also hang out with youth from London Buddhist and Quaker groups! Together we will help kids in need and develop leadership skills at this SimpleGifts/Unitarian/Buddhist/Quaker Youth social action project.
Arrive from Fri 7 pm, with a meditation session led by Buddhist minister Srivati Skelton from the London Buddhist Centre. Please bring:
-- Sleeping bag
-- Sleeping mat/mattress
Arrive from Fri 7 pm, takeaway meal at 9.
Saturday morning: A guided tour of East London/Bethnal Green by SimpleGifts Director, Rob Gregson; Saturday afternoon: Circus Fun Day with CircArts: stilt walking, clowning, juggling, tumbling, face painting and more! The circus tent comes down and we wave goodbye by 5pm Saturday.
This event is FREE to all who register by sending in the form below (17 year olds and under please complete the Personal Information Form and get it signed. 18 year olds and older you don't need to get this signed but it would be helpful for us to have this information) Take a look at www.circarts. com
Please complete booking form and Personal Information Form