CANCELLED - Immigration: can we agree on what to do?
Jun
22
6:30 pm18:30

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

  • New Unity
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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/

Sunday Gathering: Beyond Fear and Courage
Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

Sunday Gathering: Beyond Fear and Courage

  • New Unity

At the end of our three months exploration of fear and courage, this Sunday we will bring it all together, sharing  the fears that hold us back and the courage that can enable us to live fully.

Meditation
Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

Meditation

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room

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.

 

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

Small Groups, Big Thoughts

  • New Unity

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.

Big Talk
Jul
3
6:30 pm18:30

Big Talk

  • New Unity @ Mary Wollstonecraft Room
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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 (need to confirm this with group organiser - email b.hunt0@gmail.com or sdawrant@hotmail.com

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)

Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Jul
16
12:30 pm12:30

Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group

  • New Unity @MaryW

What does it mean to identify as a man in 2017? Join this free monthly discussion and lunch for all men seeking to create a safe, caring space to share questions, joys and sorrows.

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


Meditation
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

Meditation

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room

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.

 

Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Jun
18
12:30 pm12:30

Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group

  • New Unity @MaryW

What does it mean to identify as a man in 2017? Join this monthly discussion and lunch for all 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, coinciding with Fathers' Day, we will be discussing the role of fathers in our lives, in their presence or absence, and in the joys and suffering we may have experienced from these relationships.

For more information, please get in touch with James Arnoldi at this link: https://tinyurl.com/lnwvyt6 

 #HackneyMoreInCommon
Jun
17
11:30 am11:30

#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!

Meditation
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Meditation

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room

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.

CANCELLED: Big Talk
Jun
5
6:30 pm18:30

CANCELLED: Big Talk

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room

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.

London Klezmer Quartet concert
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

London Klezmer Quartet concert

  • new unity

'The London Klezmer Quartet returns to New Unity in Newington Green with an acoustic show based on their new album, 'To the Tavern'.

A band arrives at dawn at a railway station in a small middle-European country town for a 24-hour sojourn. The musicians find their way around, get to know the locals and lead a rowdy session at the local tavern, before exhaustion sets in as they see in the new day. 

With a wealth of traditional-style compositions by the band, this adventure in celebratory and soulful Jewish wedding music also features the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and a song about beetroot soup. 

Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass and vocals). 

Tickets: £11 in advance (incl. booking fee) or £13 on the door. Students, under 16s  and MU members: £5.50 in advance (incl. booking fee) or £6 on the door. Under 10s free. 

Visit http://www.wegottickets.com/event/396549 to book in advance.

Sunday Gathering: Ramadan, Islam, and the inner struggle
May
28
11:00 am11:00

Sunday Gathering: Ramadan, Islam, and the inner struggle

  • New Unity

This Sunday is the second full day of Ramadan, a central 30 day observance in the practice of practicing Muslims. We will take this opportunity to reflect on western views of Islam - both the hostility from some quarters and the tolerance and welcome from others. 

As Ramadan is a time of charity and deepening faith, we ask what the realities of the western view of Islam can teach us about our own nature and about the practices that can help us grow beyond our limitations.

An Evening Of Music For Cancer Research UK
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening Of Music For Cancer Research UK

  • New Unity Church

Ezra Williams, himself a cancer survivor and pianist at New Unity, is putting on a FREE evening of music for Cancer Research UK, suitable for all ages. The programme will include works by Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, Tom Lehrer and even George Michael, all delivered by a company of international award-winning musicians. 

There will be a collection for the charity, but if you just want to listen to some beautiful music, that's fine too! A great line-up of performers will include Tara Clifford, Laura Hudson, Marie-Claire op ten Noort and many more. We hope you can support us!

7.30pm, 27th May, 2017 at New Unity Church, Newington Green.Wine and soft drinks will be available. 

TRAINING: The Unity Project - Providing Community Support and Legal Help for Destitute Migrants
May
23
2:00 pm14:00

TRAINING: The Unity Project - Providing Community Support and Legal Help for Destitute Migrants

  • New Unity

The Unity Project is a New Unity initiative providing community support and legal advice for destitute migrants. The project will launch on Tuesday 30th May and continue each Tuesday thereafter.

This free training session will give potential volunteers an introduction to the project and an overview of the hostile environment in which many migrants are struggling to survive.  It will also address some of the more detailed aspects of casework support needed for immigration applications.

We particularly need people to do:

(1) general welcoming and social support

(2) working with chefs and collecting food

(3) creative childcare

(4) casework

Whatever your skills or interests, if you are planning to volunteer, or even if you are just considering it, we would love to see you there!

Please contact info@unity-project.org.uk if you are able to join us.

Not just a Beard
May
21
1:30 pm13:30

Not just a Beard

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room

What does it mean to identify as a man in 2017? Join this monthly discussion and lunch for all men seeking to create a safe, caring space to share questions, joys and sorrows.

LGBTQI+ streetside memorial
May
17
7:30 pm19:30

LGBTQI+ streetside memorial

  • New Unity

LGBTQI+ streetside memorial for those who've been and those who are

We will mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) with a streetside memorial and a ceremony at our Upper Street location (277A Upper Street, N1 2TZ). The memorial will include photos, drawings, candles, names, mementos, flowers, and other items contributed by participants to remember those who have suffered for their sexual orientation or gender identification, and those who continue to persevere. As much of Western Europe and North American becomes an increasingly hostile environment for marginalised bodies, it is even more important to gather together in a queer and queer-supporting community to celebrate our strengths and commemorate our losses. 

7:00 - 8:00 - bring your contributions (these can be personal to friends and family members, or more general gifts for community in general) and assemble the memorial.
8:00 - 8:45 - ceremony indoors
8:45 - 9:00 - we move outside to the streetside memorial for song, candles, and words

Sunday Gathering: The greatest power is named Fear
May
14
11:00 am11:00

Sunday Gathering: The greatest power is named Fear

  • New Unity

Fear is one of the strongest motivators of all living things. Fear is an essential part of what enables all beings to survive and it has been built-into us through natural selection. Fear drives us to safety, to success, and to the worst humankind have done.  How powerful is fear? Can we and should we ever be free of it?

Andy Pakula leads this Sunday Gathering, which are always free and welcome to all.

Not just a Beard
Apr
30
12:30 pm12:30

Not just a Beard

  • New Unity @Mary Wollstonecraft Room

What does it mean to identify as a man in 2017? Join this monthly discussion and lunch for all men seeking to create a safe, caring space to share questions, joys and sorrows.

Sunday Gathering - Fear and Courage: Easter Sunday
Apr
16
11:00 am11:00

Sunday Gathering - Fear and Courage: Easter Sunday

  • New Unity @ Newington Green

In lives that too often bring real sorrow and tragedy, what kind of hope can we have for our own return to light from times of darkness? Today, we celebrate, not miracles, but real-life resurrection!

Presented jointly by Revd. Andy Pakula and Revd. Sara Ascher, Executive Director of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists.

Our Sunday Gatherings are always free and welcome to all.

New Unity Passover Seder
Apr
15
6:00 pm18:00

New Unity Passover Seder

  • New Unity @New Unity

The passover seder takes place at New Unity, 277A Upper Street, N1 2TZ. All are welcome, whether part of the New Unity community or not. This is a great, well-attended event with symbolic foods, words, and song followed by a festive meal. It is also a great chance to get to know people better.

The event is free though food and drink will be provided by the attendees! 

Registration is required - register here.

Sunday Gathering - Fear + Conviction = Courage
Apr
9
11:00 am11:00

Sunday Gathering - Fear + Conviction = Courage

  • New Unity @Newington Green

Many of us believe that fear and courage are polar opposites. However, a proverb says that fear and courage are brothers. So how so we find courage in a world that can give us reasons to be afraid?

The message today will be offered by New Unity member, Latrice Reid.

Our Sunday Gatherings are always free and welcome to all.

Act Now or Swim Later: How to see the climate and live the change
Mar
26
11:00 am11:00

Act Now or Swim Later: How to see the climate and live the change

Climate change can often feel "out there" as something we are all a part of, but that is usually affecting someone else a thousand miles away...London has been hotter than ever before, which means more picnics on Hampstead Heath and even though it is really sad for the poor polar bears, it's not really all that bad is it?

The message today will be offered by Ama Josephine Budge a London/Accra - based writer, curator and artist whose work navigates explorations of race, gender, diaspora and feminism. Her work challenges neo-liberal feminisms, working to activate and catalyse movements that emphasize human rights, ecological revolutions and de-gendered identities. 

Values into Action: Reform or Revolution
Mar
19
12:00 am00:00

Values into Action: Reform or Revolution

Putting our values into action at a political level can be done in different ways. This Sunday gathering asks the question: Are you are a reformer or a revolutionary? Do you believe in changing the system from within or abolishing the system all together? And how can we be reformers when the system does not align with our values?

Message will be by Anja Kathrin Meierkord. Anja is a local Newington Greener, a German currently without right to remain, feminist, amateur singer and believer in reform. She conducts applied research on behalf of European Institutions, UK government departments and local authorities to help them make better employment, education and youth policy. She has always aspired to make a positive contribution to better policy making by working with government, but she has recently found her more revolutionary side.

Rape Culture Workshop
Mar
18
11:00 am11:00

Rape Culture Workshop

This is training session responds to a series of urgent questions around how and why rape culture remains so prevalent and how we can break cycles of patriarchal oppression. Laura Barker leads a day of activities and discussion to get us to think about:

What is rape and sexual assault?
What do we gain by helping to cover up rape and sexual assault? 
What do we do to encourage rape and sexual assault?
How do we resist rape and sexual assault?
What can we do to combat rape and sexual assault?
What role, if any, do people who have committed rape and sexual assault have in our communities?

This workshop will not be a space for graphic descriptions of rape and sexual assault and disclosures, but some people might find the material distressing. We will talk at the beginning about how to best handle this so that everyone feels as safe and cared for as possible.

For ages 18+

Laura Barker is a writer, artist and performer who is involved with Healing Justice Black Lives Matter London. She runs workshops on writing, healing and rape culture.

RSVP ESSENTIAL FOR ATTENDANCE! Please click the button below to register. At New Unity, 277A Upper St, London N1 2TZ

The workshop costs £5 for the day (please bring cash on the day!) but no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please also bring vegetarian food for a shared meal.

**New Unity  Upper Street is an accessible venue with disabled toilets and double doors.

 

RSVP ESSENTIAL FOR ATTENDANCE!

Please RSVP by clicking on the button below: 

The workshop costs £5 for the day (please bring cash on the day!) but no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please also bring vegetarian food for a shared meal.