See below some of our workshops, social activities and spiritual practices to nourish the mind, body and soul at FUSE in 2019. Join us for an enriching weekend that will leave your batteries recharged and supply you with fun, inspiring memories to fire your imagination for months to come.
For the full programme visit https://fusefest.org.uk/workshop-descriptions/
A time of prayer and quiet reflection in which to gently enter the day before the busyness. Led by Stephen Crowther
Quietening/settling/calming the busy mind and beyond. How can we learn to work with the busy mind rather than ‘fight it’ or try to get rid of it. Led by Richard Bober
Qi Gong dates back thousands of years. It is a moving form of meditation which harmonizes breath and movement, developing internal energy, The exercises were developed to rejuvenate and rebalance the relationship between mind and body thereby making the practitioner stronger in life. Led by Zoe Gerrard
Putting the Mind in the Heart’
A guided meditation to start our day using the energy of the Mandala to help us connect to the Still Center within.
Led by Rob Oulton
Heart and Soul
An alternative spiritual gathering, with music and silence, words and prayers, and a chance to explore our chosen theme, ‘In Praise of Enthusiasm’, in relation to your own life.
Led by Jeannene Powell and Jane Blackall
Unitarians and Our Protestant Past
Where did Unitarians come from and from whom did we receive our earliest ideas? This workshop will look at Unitarian beginnings and how we have been influenced by the Protestant groups in Europe and the UK.
Led by Rev Martin Whitell
Moments of Grace
An opportunity to share experiences and ideas about what some people call grace. Whether it is a sense of the divine or a deep connection to nature or a heightened sense of beauty and reality, this workshop will encourage gentle discussions and meditative engagement with this often only fleeting feeling. Led by Eleanor Chiari
Exploring Dementia-friendly congregations
There are 50 million people living with Dementia in the world today, and this figure is rising. How prepared are we – and our congregations? This workshop aims to increase understanding of what Dementia is and offers some practical suggestions.
Led by Joan Cook
Developing your IMAGE
Led by Daniel Costley
How is your congregation presented on the web, in posters, in the news? A workshop on how we might use photography to better identify and explain ourselves in the world.
Sharing Stories of Change
Led by Derek McAuley and Jo O’Sullivan. Social responsibility or action and service to promote justice are at the core of Unitarian activity at congregational as well as national level. Jo and Derek will lead a discussion on the themes: ‘Are we still a religion associated with Social Justice and Action?’ What about locally, what’s stopping us? Are we afraid of the mixing the political with the religious? What is being done at your church or chapel or group – an opportunity to share ideas.