Copy of Sunday Gathering: 'Awe, wonder, and science'
Aug
20
11:00am11:00am

Copy of Sunday Gathering: 'Awe, wonder, and 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. Human beings need more than intellectual experiences to live full and rewarding lives. We need experiences that take us out of the intellectual realm into different states of being. We need feelings of awe and wonder and even ecstasy. Science is often blamed for pushing us toward reason and intellect, but today's science is teaching us more and more about how our minds work, why they are wired for ecstasy, and what that means for our lives. Led by Andy Pakula. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green. 

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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: '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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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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Meditation
Aug
15
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: 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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Meditation
Aug
8
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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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.

-

*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
Jul
3
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 Automation: What happens when a robot takes your job?

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

Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group

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 

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

London Klezmer Quartet concert

'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.

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

Sunday Gathering: Ramadan, Islam, and the inner struggle

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.

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

An Evening Of Music For Cancer Research UK

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. 

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

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

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.

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

LGBTQI+ streetside memorial

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

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

Sunday Gathering: The greatest power is named Fear

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.

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