Sunday Gathering: We Are Always New
Sep
24
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: We Are Always New

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Our weekly Sunday Gathering is a chance to meet other New Unity members, to be uplifted by the message, to share joys and sorrows, to feel togetherness. This Sunday Gathering, which takes place close to the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana, explores the reality that we are continually new in a real and physical sense and the potential for newness of mind and possibility every day of our lives. Led by Andy Pakula. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

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Paths to Freedom - Hackney and the global journey from slavery
Sep
30
10:30am10:30am

Paths to Freedom - Hackney and the global journey from slavery

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On the eve of Black History Month we invite you to join us for a series of lively talks and discussions focusing on slavery within a historical and global context.

Paths to Freedom offers the opportunity to delve into Hackney’s rich historical past to uncover it’s global connections and links to slavery and its significance within the anti slavery movement as well as the chance to reflect on the role women and black people played in the abolition.

£3-£5 TICKETS - CLICK HERE TO BOOK

With talks from leading academics and representatives from Antislavery International we will also explore slavery in our modern world with a panel discussion on ‘Combating Contemporary Slavery, as well as proudly hosting The Benjamin Franklin House Annual Lecture on ‘Franklin the Abolitionist’.

The Day:

10:30 Coffee and arrival

11:00 Welcome (Rev. Andy Pakula and rep. of Franklin House?)

11:15 ‘Slavery and Abolition: linking local and global history’ 

‘Hackney, Slavery and Abolition’ – Katie Donington (Nottingham University)

‘Women Against Slavery’ - Clare Midgley (Sheffield Hallam University)

‘Anti-racist culture in Britain and its adversaries: Black Lives Matter, 200 years ago' - Norris Saakwa-Mante (Kings College London)

‘Missing Chapters’ from Autographs Missing Chapters project – Ali Eisa (Autograph Gallery)

13:00 Lunch and networking opportunity

14:00 'Combating Contemporary Slavery': panel discussion with:

Professor Zoe Trodd (Nottingham University and Anti-Slavery Useable Past’ project),

Nicky Black - Chair of the United Nations Global Compact UK

Doctor Aidan McQuade - Head of Anti-Slavery International

Victor Riega Garcia - Aviva

15:00 Comfort break and networking opportunity

15:30 'Franklin the Abolitionist’ – Marcia Balisciano (Benjamin Franklin House)

16:30

In the heart of London Benjamin Franklin House is the world's only remaining Franklin home. For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor, Founding Father of the United States and more – lived behind its doors. Built circa 1730, it is today a dynamic museum and educational facility.

Newington Green Unitarian Church has received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project to restore the building and run a programme of events and activities exploring the fascinating stories of people connected with the church. These include Mary Wollstonecraft the ‘Mother’ of contemporary British feminism, the minister Richard Price who advocated for civil rights and his friend Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the USA. 

Join us for all or part of the day for the opportunity to gain insight into our local heritage, make links to contemporary issues, and have the opportunity to network with other local institutions and educators.

We’ll be working with various partners to deliver a range of exciting events. To find out more follow @NGDissenters on Facebook and #NGDissenters on Twitter. 

For more information on disabled access please contact us.

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Big Talk
Oct
2
6:30pm 6:30pm

Big Talk

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Join us for Big Talk, a monthly ideas and philosophy discussion group. This will be a respectful, open-minded group meeting to share and discuss ideas. No academic background is necessary, just a willingness to talk about a specific concept each month.

This month's theme will be: Trust.

Please bring some food or drinks to share if you can. We will start each meeting by eating together and will then start our discussion .

You can join any month and there is no commitment to attend more than one session. Please RSVP by clicking on the button below:

Dates: First Monday of every month

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Upstairs in Mary Wollstonecraft Room at Newington Green (please ring the bell on the red door on the side of the building)

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As She Is - A Film About Feminine Consciousness
Oct
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

As She Is - A Film About Feminine Consciousness

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Candlelight Cinema comes to Newington Green on Saturday 7th October with a screening of "As She Is", a film about a personal and collective journey towards wholeness,,,,,to reclaim live and value the feminine aspect of ourselves and find a new way of responding to life at this time of global crisis. 

Unitarian Chapel on Newington Green. 7 for 7 30pm

£9 /8 in advance by PayPal Davidlake0@Gmail.com  - £10 / £8 concessions otd.

The evening begins with a performance by sound healer Alicia Davies on the Earth Gong which is tuned to the frequency of our planet. Please note that the vibrations of the gong can produce side effects if you are pregnant,suffer from psychotic episodes have a pacemaker,or are epileptic, in which case please free to arrive between 8 and 8 15 in time for the screening. 

Afterwards there will be time to share our responses to the film. Do join us for an evening of shared inspiration.

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Sunday Gathering: Psychedelics and Mystical Experience
Oct
22
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: Psychedelics and Mystical Experience

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Psychedelics and Mystical Experience

Psychedelics (from the Greek psyche: mind, delos: make visible, reveal) are substances that induce an altered state of consciousness sometimes compared to a 'waking dream'. The best known psychedelics are psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), DMT (found in ayahuasca), mescaline (found in peyote and San Pedro cacti) and LSD.

The concept of the 'mystical/spiritual-type experience' first originated in the field of psychology of religion. It has six aspects:

- Unity and interconnectedness
- Sacredness and awe
- A sense of having uncovered some deeper truth about reality
- Feelings of peace and joy
- Transcendence of time and space
- Ineffability and paradoxicality i.e. the inability to adequately describe the experience in words

When someone describes having strongly felt all of the above emotions during an experience, researchers say they've had a 'mystical/spiritual-type experience'. People that have such experiences often describe them as among the most profound experiences of their lives, comparing them for instance to the death of a loved one or the birth of a child.

It seems there are a number of practises that can help people to have mystical/spiritual-type experiences, including dance, meditation, breathwork, sex and time spent in the wild.

One more more practise that can help bring about mystical/spiritual-type experiences is the careful use of psychedelic substances. Indeed, in one study, up to 80% of those who received a psychedelic substance said the experiment was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives.

Join a discussion on psychedelics, mystical experiences and how they can inspire us to live lives of greater love, compassion and joy.

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Stephen Reid is the founder and director of the Psychedelic Society, which was the first national-level Psychedelic Society worldwide, and the press officer for the Breaking Convention Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness. Stephen facilitates the Psychedelic Society's Psychedelic Experience Weekends and Psychedelic Rhythms dance sessions, and is a camp lead for La Botica Exótica, a camp at Nowhere and The Borderland. He has written for the Guardian, the Independent and the Huffington Post.

Previously, he served on the board of Greenpeace UK, and co-founded the New Economics Foundation's New Economy Organisers Network and direct action movements UK Uncut and The Intruders. Stephen has Masters degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford (MPhys, First Class — dissertation) and Complexity Sciences (MRes, Distinction) from the University of Bristol.

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Book exploration group: Waking Up, by Sam Harris
Sep
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

Book exploration group: Waking Up, by Sam Harris

This is a three session book group focusing on 'Waking Up: Searching for Spirituality Without Religion" by Sam Harris, a fascinating book that explores spiritual experience from a thoroughly non-supernatural perspective. 

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The group meets the third Monday of September, October, and November, 2017, 18:30 - 20:30, in the office at our Upper Street building (277A Upper Street, N1 2TZ). 

  • Monday 18th September: Chapter 1
  • Monday 16th October: Chapters 2 and 3
  • Monday 20th November: Chapters 4 and 5

The sessions begin with a shared meal, so please bring vegetarian/vegan food to share if you can.

You do not have to attend all the sessions. No charge. RSVPs not required.

A blurb about the book:

For the millions of people who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.

From bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the increasingly large numbers of people who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow.

Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous sceptic—could write it.

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Radical Steps Walking Tour and Workshop
Sep
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Radical Steps Walking Tour and Workshop

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The East End is known for its radical history, and Newington Green has been at the centre of events that have shaped the modern world. From gender equality to religious tolerance, there is a centuries-old tradition of non-conformism and fighting for rights here in Hackney. Everyone from American revolutionaries to the 'founder of modern feminism' has passed through a part of London that once housed a thriving alternative community whose universities rivaled Oxbridge. On this walk we'll bring to life some of the famous figures from Hackney's history and hear how their timeless calls for rights are as relevant as ever.

£10 TICKETS - CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Meeting Point: Abney Park cemetry nature reserve (Church Street entrance: gates by Stoke Newington Fire Station, Church Street, N16 0AR)

End Point: Newington Green Unitarian Church, (39A Newington Green, Stoke Newington, London N16 9PR)


The Walk:
From the Dissenters' celebrated Abney Park cemetery nature reserve, we'll follow the radical path south, through Stoke Newington and into Newington Green, stopping at local landmarks to tell the story of Hackney's radical authors and history makers. Daniel Defoe and Mary Wollstonecraft are perhaps the most well known, but we'll see how many others have added their voices to the call for reform - or even revolution. The walk finishes at the remarkable Newington Green Unitarian Chapel, a non-religious church where four centuries of dissenters have challenged the status quo. Here you'll have the opportunity to make your own call to arms for a cause you hold dear and make your own protest poster.

Inspired by tales of world-changing figures like Mary Wollstonecraft - and all the other radicals and reformers who found a home around the borough - Hackney Tours has been celebrating their stories since 2012. Discover the past, to understand the present, to better shape the future.

Newington Green Unitarian Church has received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project to restore the building and run a programme of events and activities exploring the fascinating stories of people connected with the church. These include Mary Wollstonecraft the ‘Mother’ of contemporary British feminism, the minister Richard Price who advocated for civil rights and his friend Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the USA. We’ll be working with various partners to deliver a range of exciting events. To find out more follow @NGDissenters on Facebook and #NGDissenters on Twitter.

Please wear comfortable shoes and a rain coat should we not be so lucky with the weather.
All materials included and tea and coffee at the church.

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Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Sep
17
12:30pm12:30pm

Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group

Join this monthly discussion and lunch for all self-identified men seeking to create a safe, caring space to share questions, joys and sorrows. The group is open to new attendees and meets the third Sunday of each month. If you can, please bring some food to share. This month, as our group celebrates being just over half a year old, we will be coming together to discuss ideas for a Mission Statement and where we hope to take our group in the future. As a new member, your fresh ideas will be very welcome. 

For more information, please get in touch with James Arnoldi.

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Sunday Gathering: Growing into the Unknown
Sep
17
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: Growing into the Unknown

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Our weekly Sunday Gathering is a chance to meet other New Unity members, to be uplifted by the message, to share joys and sorrows, to feel togetherness. This week we discuss growing into the unknown: the fears, surprises and infinite possibilities that come from finding joy, learning and symbiosis in unexpected places. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

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FREE Training: Become a Unity Project Caseworker
Sep
14
10:00am10:00am

FREE Training: Become a Unity Project Caseworker

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If you are interested in learning more about the Unity Project and wondering if casework would be a good fit, this is the training session for you!   You do need to be available on Tuesday daytimes when the Project is open, but it is not essential to commit to every week.  Other than that all you need is empathy and a desire to help.

Please contact info@unity-project.org.uk for further information. Booking essential.

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Meditation
Sep
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tuesday meditation meeting is a weekly meeting of people meditating together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many find this enhances their practice outside.

We meet in the Unitarian church*, a free thinking spiritual community since 1673 in Newington Green. When people come to our meditation meetings they have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free thinking community of radical dissenters we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it.

Doors open at 7pm every Tuesday. Mobile phones are turned off and people settle down. At 7:15 a 20 minute meditation starts, then there is a short silent 5 minute break followed by another 20 minute meditation. 

Discussion starts at 8pm. First we go round the room and everyone gives their name and says as much or as little about the meditation as they want. This without interruption, afterwards there is interactive discussion. We ask people to discuss their experience arising from meditation and we discourage fanciful talk about or around meditation. Certainly we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others. On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us, or a guest gives a presentation on some aspect of meditation. 

Meditation does lead to changes in our behaviour (our precepts about speech arose in this way). We try not impose to doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead we try to support your meditation.

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*Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost - £2

Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

 

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NEW SMALL GROUP: Spiritual Explorers
Sep
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

NEW SMALL GROUP: Spiritual Explorers

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Spiritual Explorers is a new small group that aims to provide a space for reflection, meditation and sharing based on a different theme each month. The group is open to anyone regardless of beliefs, spiritual practices or lack thereof.

We will meet on the second Monday of each month from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in the Mary Wollstonecraft room in Newington Green. Our first meeting will be on Monday 11th September on the theme of forgiveness. If you can, please bring some vegetarian food to share.

We hope to see many of you there!

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New Unity Annual General Meeting 2017
Sep
10
12:30pm12:30pm

New Unity Annual General Meeting 2017

Come to the New Unity AGM!

All are welcome to attend. At the AGM, we'll be electing two ExecComm members/trustees, giving an exciting update on the HLF grant status and other matters arising. All members can vote. [A member is someone who has made a pledge and/or made a pledge payment in the previous fiscal year (from Apr 2016 to March 2017) or current year (before the end of July 2017).

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Sunday Gathering: 'How much do we really know?'
Sep
10
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: 'How much do we really know?'

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Our weekly Sunday Gathering is a chance to meet other New Unity members, to be uplifted by the message, to share joys and sorrows, to feel togetherness. So how much do we know? How much of nature is really understood and what still remains a mystery to us? I will discuss particle physics to illustrate the success and limitations of human discovery. In the process, I will share how the process of doing scientific research impacted me personally. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green. 

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Meditation
Sep
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Tuesday meditation meeting is a weekly meeting of people meditating together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many find this enhances their practice outside.

We meet in the Unitarian church*, a free thinking spiritual community since 1673 in Newington Green. When people come to our meditation meetings they have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free thinking community of radical dissenters we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it.

Doors open at 7pm every Tuesday. Mobile phones are turned off and people settle down. At 7:15 a 20 minute meditation starts, then there is a short silent 5 minute break followed by another 20 minute meditation. 

Discussion starts at 8pm. First we go round the room and everyone gives their name and says as much or as little about the meditation as they want. This without interruption, afterwards there is interactive discussion. We ask people to discuss their experience arising from meditation and we discourage fanciful talk about or around meditation. Certainly we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others. On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us, or a guest gives a presentation on some aspect of meditation. 

Meditation does lead to changes in our behaviour (our precepts about speech arose in this way). We try not impose to doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead we try to support your meditation.

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*Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost - £2

Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

 

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Big Talk
Sep
2
6:30pm 6:30pm

Big Talk

  • New Unity @ Mary Wollstonecraft Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Join us for Big Talk, a monthly ideas and philosophy discussion group. This will be a respectful, open-minded group meeting to share and discuss ideas. No academic background is necessary, just a willingness to talk about a specific concept each month.

Please bring some food or drinks to share if you can. We will start each meeting by eating together and will then start our discussion .

You can join any month and there is no commitment to attend more than one session. Please RSVP by clicking on the button below:

Dates: First Monday of every month

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Upstairs in Mary Wollstonecraft Room at Newington Green (please ring the bell on the red door on the side of the building)

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Meditation
Aug
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

The Tuesday meditation meeting is a weekly meeting of people meditating together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many find this enhances their practice outside.

We meet in the Unitarian church*, a free thinking spiritual community since 1673 in Newington Green. When people come to our meditation meetings they have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free thinking community of radical dissenters we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it.

Doors open at 7pm every Tuesday. Mobile phones are turned off and people settle down. At 7:15 a 20 minute meditation starts, then there is a short silent 5 minute break followed by another 20 minute meditation. 

Discussion starts at 8pm. First we go round the room and everyone gives their name and says as much or as little about the meditation as they want. This without interruption, afterwards there is interactive discussion. We ask people to discuss their experience arising from meditation and we discourage fanciful talk about or around meditation. Certainly we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others. On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us, or a guest gives a presentation on some aspect of meditation. 

Meditation does lead to changes in our behaviour (our precepts about speech arose in this way). We try not impose to doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead we try to support your meditation.

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*Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost - £2

Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

 

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Sunday Gathering: 'Science can be your thing too'
Aug
27
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: 'Science can be your thing too'

Our weekly Sunday Gathering is a chance to meet other New Unity members, to be uplifted by the message, to share joys and sorrows, to feel togetherness. Guest speaker Marta Pacini discusses using our reason to gain the knowledge that we want, and not letting 'difficult' subjects scare us. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

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Meditation
Aug
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

The Tuesday meditation meeting is a weekly meeting of people meditating together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many find this enhances their practice outside.

We meet in the Unitarian church*, a free thinking spiritual community since 1673 in Newington Green. When people come to our meditation meetings they have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free thinking community of radical dissenters we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it.

Doors open at 7pm every Tuesday. Mobile phones are turned off and people settle down. At 7:15 a 20 minute meditation starts, then there is a short silent 5 minute break followed by another 20 minute meditation. 

Discussion starts at 8pm. First we go round the room and everyone gives their name and says as much or as little about the meditation as they want. This without interruption, afterwards there is interactive discussion. We ask people to discuss their experience arising from meditation and we discourage fanciful talk about or around meditation. Certainly we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others. On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us, or a guest gives a presentation on some aspect of meditation. 

Meditation does lead to changes in our behaviour (our precepts about speech arose in this way). We try not impose to doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead we try to support your meditation.

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*Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost - £2

Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

 

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Join a New Unity Team Now!
Aug
20
to Sep 12

Join a New Unity Team Now!

INTERESTED IN JOINING A NEW UNITY TEAM? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!
All are welcome at upcoming 'reboot' meetings...

There will be 'reboot' meeting for most of our wonderful teams coming up. At the reboot meetings, we'll welcome new team members, thank and bid farewell to leavers and we'll look back over the previous year to celebrate what we did well, learn from successes and missteps, and set ourselves up for a more awesome year to come! Please RSVP below. 

Sunday 20th August: SUNDAY GATHERINGS TEAM
16:00pm at 277A Upper Street, N1 2TZ

“To encourage participation and involvement in Sunday gatherings, bringing more voices and perspectives whilst ensuring a high quality of presentation
To ensure that topics are relevant to the needs of the congregation, both current and future
To nurture the development of the team members
To experience times of depth, play, connection, and joy together as a team” 
— Sunday Gatherings Team purpose statement
RSVP here! 

Tuesday 22nd August: COHESION AND WELCOMING
18:30pm at 277A Upper Street, N1 2TZ

“The Cohesion and Welcoming Team (CWT) will help to build and strengthen connection within the congregation and welcome others to that network of relationship. Connection is built in small group and one-to-one interactions. The CWT will help create opportunities for connection for all people, whether new to the community or a ‘vintage’ participant.

Many different skills are needed. If you are extraverted, introverted, artsy, geeky, creative, friendly, thoughtful, enthusiastic, or organised, you are right for the team!”
— Cohesion and Welcoming Team purpose statement
RSVP here!

Tuesday 12th September: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TEAM
18:30pm at 277A Upper Street, N1 2TZ

“The social responsibility team exists to encourage and empower members of New Unity to develop and participate in social justice initiatives that are grounded in our shared values of justice, equality and love, for the benefit of ourselves, the local community and the wider world.”
— SRT Purpose statement
RSVP here! 

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Sunday Gathering: Your Elephant and You
Aug
13
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: Your Elephant and You

Our weekly Sunday Gathering is a chance to meet other New Unity members, to be uplifted by the message, to share joys and sorrows, to feel togetherness. The human mind has been compared to an elephant and rider. The rider has the sense of being in charge but the elephant is running the show. What's going on with your elephant? How can understanding that change your life? Led by Andy Pakula. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green. 

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Big Talk - POSTPONED until Sept!
Aug
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Big Talk - POSTPONED until Sept!

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Join us for Big Talk, a monthly ideas and philosophy discussion group. This will be a respectful, open-minded group meeting to share and discuss ideas. No academic background is necessary, just a willingness to talk about a specific concept each month.

**Please note we'll be taking a break in August and will be back on the 4th September**

Please bring some food or drinks to share if you can. We will start each meeting by eating together and will then start our discussion .

You can join any month and there is no commitment to attend more than one session. Please RSVP by clicking on the button below:

Dates: First Monday of every month

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Upstairs in Mary Wollstonecraft Room at Newington Green (please ring the bell on the red door on the side of the building)

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Meet the Architects & Have Your Say on New Unity's restoration!
Aug
6
12:30pm12:30pm

Meet the Architects & Have Your Say on New Unity's restoration!

Please join our Congregational Conversation on August 6th, in place of the Annual General Meeting now postponed until September 10th, regarding the restoration of Newington Green Unitarian Church. 

After our Sunday Gathering on August 6th we will be joined by Richard Griffiths, Senior Partner of RG Architects, who we have appointed to develop our plans for refurbishment of our iconic Church as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund development grant.

Richard will present RGA's initial thoughts on how we might repair and remodel NGUC to meet our objectives of accessibility, usability and sustainability that will prepare the building for the next 100 years of service to us and the community!

Please come and view the proposals and more importantly contribute to the conversation.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions. 

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Sunday Gathering: 'How does your garden grow: Unsung female heroes of science'
Aug
6
11:00am11:00am

Sunday Gathering: 'How does your garden grow: Unsung female heroes of science'

Our weekly Sunday Gathering is a chance to meet other New Unity members, to be uplifted by the message, to share joys and sorrows, to feel togetherness. This message is about the women who made a difference in our world and how much we have to thank them for what they’ve done. A special focus will be on botany and the plant world and how amazing plant life is and what plants can tell you. Led by guest speaker Grace Graham. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green. 

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Meditation
Aug
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

The Tuesday meditation meeting is a weekly meeting of people meditating together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many find this enhances their practice outside.

We meet in the Unitarian church*, a free thinking spiritual community since 1673 in Newington Green. When people come to our meditation meetings they have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free thinking community of radical dissenters we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it.

Doors open at 7pm every Tuesday. Mobile phones are turned off and people settle down. At 7:15 a 20 minute meditation starts, then there is a short silent 5 minute break followed by another 20 minute meditation. 

Discussion starts at 8pm. First we go round the room and everyone gives their name and says as much or as little about the meditation as they want. This without interruption, afterwards there is interactive discussion. We ask people to discuss their experience arising from meditation and we discourage fanciful talk about or around meditation. Certainly we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others. On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us, or a guest gives a presentation on some aspect of meditation. 

Meditation does lead to changes in our behaviour (our precepts about speech arose in this way). We try not impose to doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead we try to support your meditation.

-

*Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost - £2

Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

 

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Small Groups, Big Thoughts
Jul
30
12:30pm12:30pm

Small Groups, Big Thoughts

Would you like an opportunity to connect more deeply with other people at New Unity?

Come along to Small Groups, Big Thoughts!

You will share lunch and thoughts about the Sunday Gathering message in small groups created at random in a structured and safe environment. Groups will meet in the box pews in the chapel unless it's nice out and groups decide to go out to talk and eat lunch on Newington Green.

The Sunday Gathering theme this day is 'Knowledge is power'.

Small groups are one of the best ways to build deep and lasting connections with other members of the congregation!

FREE FOOD and FREE CHILDCARE will be provided.

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Meditation
Jul
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

The Tuesday meditation meeting is a weekly meeting of people meditating together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many find this enhances their practice outside.

We meet in the Unitarian church*, a free thinking spiritual community since 1673 in Newington Green. When people come to our meditation meetings they have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free thinking community of radical dissenters we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it.

Doors open at 7pm every Tuesday. Mobile phones are turned off and people settle down. At 7:15 a 20 minute meditation starts, then there is a short silent 5 minute break followed by another 20 minute meditation. 

Discussion starts at 8pm. First we go round the room and everyone gives their name and says as much or as little about the meditation as they want. This without interruption, afterwards there is interactive discussion. We ask people to discuss their experience arising from meditation and we discourage fanciful talk about or around meditation. Certainly we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others. On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us, or a guest gives a presentation on some aspect of meditation. 

Meditation does lead to changes in our behaviour (our precepts about speech arose in this way). We try not impose to doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead we try to support your meditation.

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*Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost - £2

Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

 

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Small Groups, Big Thoughts
Jul
2
12:30pm12:30pm

Small Groups, Big Thoughts

Would you like an opportunity to get to know connect more deeply with other people at New Unity?

Come along to Small Groups, Big Thoughts!

You will share lunch and thoughts about the Sunday Gathering message in small groups created at random in a structured and safe environment. Groups will meet in the box pews in the chapel unless it's nice out and groups decide to go out to talk and eat lunch on Newington Green

The Sunday Gathering theme this day is Science.

Small groups are one of the best ways to build deep and lasting connections with other members of the congregation!

FREE FOOD and FREE CHILDCARE will be provided.

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CANCELLED - Immigration: can we agree on what to do?
Jun
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

CANCELLED - Immigration: can we agree on what to do?

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The Home Affairs Select Committee is trying to develop a consensus
on immigration policy. Can we give them a hand?

This free discussion event will consider all sides of the question and give everyone a chance to work out their views in a calm, friendly and impartial setting.

We'll begin with a light dinner. Please bring something to share if you can!

Bob Bollen and Perry Walker are both members of the Talk Shop team. Both are also experienced facilitators. Bob, formerly a project manager in IT, brings his experience in community mediation to help design how we handle emotive issues. Perry, who is a Fellow both of the New
Economics Foundation and of Involve, has developed a number of
participatory formats.

Talk Shop's website is www.talkshopuk.org 
The Home Affairs Committee's inquiry is at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/home-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/inquiry13/

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 #HackneyMoreInCommon
Jun
17
11:30am11:30am

#HackneyMoreInCommon

New Unity are participating in #HackneyMoreInCommon this June, a celebration of the vision of MP Jo Cox, and we need volunteers! The day will involve a fashion show, dance, music, community stalls, food, debates, discussions and much more (and did we mention the food!). Click here for more info and please email Andy if you're interested in volunteering. 

TIME TBC!

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Meditation
Jun
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Meditation

A meditation meeting without gurus and gods; doctrines and dogmas. We discuss issues and experiences arising following two twenty minute silent meditation session. We also have themed presentation or a guided meditation usually on the first Tuesday of the month. 

Access through the side door in Church Walk. Cost: £2 per session. Please email admin@new-unity.org for more information.

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