Meditation
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation

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Meditation can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This group doesn't impose doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead, it tries to support what you want out of your own meditation.

The participants have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free-thinking community, we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it. We discourage fanciful talk about meditation. And we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others.

In our weekly meeting, we meditate together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many also find that it enhances their meditation practice outside the meeting.

Doors open at 7pm. We turn off our mobile phones and settle down. At 7:15, we start our first 20-minute meditation. We then have a silent 5-minute break, followed by another 20-minute meditation.

At 8pm, we start our discussion. First, we go round the room: everyone gives their name and - without being interrupted - says as much or as little as they want about their meditation. Afterwards, we have an interactive discussion of our meditation experience.

On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us (or a guest) gives a short presentation on some aspect of meditation.

Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost: £2 per session.

For more information, please email admin@new-unity.org.

 

 

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Sunday Gathering: Finding Away
Nov
26
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Finding Away

As part of our season exploring sources of inspiration, we’ll be looking at the ways in which travel can invigorate, terrify, challenge, and enlighten us. Beyond the cliches of finding oneself on the summits of mountains, we’ll be drawing on the work of poets and voyagers across time to see how the simple of act of not being home can change our lives in ways that we may not quite expect, whether we’re hiking through Nepal or throwing up in Ibiza.

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Meditation
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation

Meditation can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This group doesn't impose doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead, it tries to support what you want out of your own meditation.

The participants have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free-thinking community, we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it. We discourage fanciful talk about meditation. And we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others.

In our weekly meeting, we meditate together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many also find that it enhances their meditation practice outside the meeting.

Doors open at 7pm. We turn off our mobile phones and settle down. At 7:15, we start our first 20-minute meditation. We then have a silent 5-minute break, followed by another 20-minute meditation.

At 8pm, we start our discussion. First, we go round the room: everyone gives their name and - without being interrupted - says as much or as little as they want about their meditation. Afterwards, we have an interactive discussion of our meditation experience.

On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us (or a guest) gives a short presentation on some aspect of meditation.

Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost: £2 per session.

For more information, please email admin@new-unity.org.

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Sunday Gathering
Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

The theme of this week's Gathering is 'the wisdom of patience'.

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Bright Lights
Dec
3
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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Big Talk
Dec
4
6:30 PM18:30

Big Talk

This ideas and philosophy group explores a different topic each month. The setting is respectful and open-minded: we enjoy sharing ideas and learning about each other's perspectives. No academic background is necessary; just a willingness to join in the discussion.

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Meditation Group
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation Group

Meditation can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This group doesn't impose doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead, it tries to support what you want out of your own meditation.

The participants have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free-thinking community, we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it. We discourage fanciful talk about meditation. And we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others.

In our weekly meeting, we meditate together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many also find that it enhances their meditation practice outside the meeting.

Doors open at 7pm. We turn off our mobile phones and settle down. At 7:15, we start our first 20-minute meditation. We then have a silent 5-minute break, followed by another 20-minute meditation.

At 8pm, we start our discussion. First, we go round the room: everyone gives their name and - without being interrupted - says as much or as little as they want about their meditation. Afterwards, we have an interactive discussion of our meditation experience.

On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us (or a guest) gives a short presentation on some aspect of meditation.

Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost: £2 per session.

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Bright Lights Children's Group
Dec
10
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights Children's Group

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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Meditation Group
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation Group

Meditation can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This group doesn't impose doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead, it tries to support what you want out of your own meditation.

The participants have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free-thinking community, we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it. We discourage fanciful talk about meditation. And we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others.

In our weekly meeting, we meditate together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many also find that it enhances their meditation practice outside the meeting.

Doors open at 7pm. We turn off our mobile phones and settle down. At 7:15, we start our first 20-minute meditation. We then have a silent 5-minute break, followed by another 20-minute meditation.

At 8pm, we start our discussion. First, we go round the room: everyone gives their name and - without being interrupted - says as much or as little as they want about their meditation. Afterwards, we have an interactive discussion of our meditation experience.

On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us (or a guest) gives a short presentation on some aspect of meditation.

Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost: £2 per session.

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Sunday Gathering
Dec
17
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

The theme of this week's Gathering will be confirmed soon!

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Bright Lights Children's Group
Dec
17
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights Children's Group

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Dec
17
12:30 PM12:30

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.

Stay tuned for this months theme.

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

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Small Group: Spiritual Explorers
Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

Small Group: Spiritual Explorers

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A small group that provides a space for reflection, meditation and sharing, based on a different theme each month (previous themes have included 'forgiveness' and 'creativity'). This month's theme is 'acceptance'. Newcomers welcome.

The group is led by New Unity members Latrice Reid, Marta Pacini and Suzanne Cohen. It's open to anyone, regardless of beliefs, spiritual practices or lack thereof.

The sessions consist of a guided reflection on a specific theme, with quiet time for reflection. Participants are then invited to share their reflections, and there's time for an optional further discussion at the end. We also enjoy readings and (optional!) singing together. The sessions are rewardingly calm and reflective, and participants can expect to achieve greater self-understanding, inspiration and a deeper connection with other members of the group.

If you can, please bring some vegetarian food to share, as we start the sessions with a shared meal. If you have any questions, please contact Marta on martapacini@ymail.com.

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Bright Lights Children's Group
Dec
24
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights Children's Group

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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Sunday Gathering
Dec
24
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

The theme of this week's Gathering will be confirmed soon!

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Sunday Gathering
Dec
31
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

The theme of this week's Gathering will be confirmed soon!

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Bright Lights Children's Group
Dec
31
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights Children's Group

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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Big Talk
Jan
1
6:30 PM18:30

Big Talk

  • New Unity @ Mary Wollstonecraft Room (map)
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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.

Stay tuned for this months theme. 

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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Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Jan
21
12:30 PM12:30

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.

Stay tuned for this months theme.

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

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Book Exploration Group: Waking Up, by Sam Harris
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

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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Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Nov
19
12:30 PM12:30

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.

Stay tuned for this months theme.

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

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Sunday Gathering: Religion in a Non-Religious Church
Nov
19
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Religion in a Non-Religious Church

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

This week's Gathering explores 'religion in a non-religious church'.

At a time when our society has become very secular, it is easy to assume that religion has less to teach us than other sources of inspiration, such as poetry, literature, art, and philosophy. And yet, despite the qualities of religions that make us describe ourselves as non-religious, religions that have stood the test of time have nuggets of great wisdom within them. A day for excavating wisdom and inspiration from traditional religion.

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Bright Lights Children's Group
Nov
19
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights Children's Group

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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UNITY350: celebrating 350 years of diversity, equality and community in Islington
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

UNITY350: celebrating 350 years of diversity, equality and community in Islington

A Big Day of Celebration at the Heart of

Islington: honouring 350 years of diversity,

inclusion and social justice.

There will be something for all ages and interests: workshops, crafts, talks and discussions,
food stalls, live music, and more…

Join the Celebration - All are Welcome! 

www.new-unity.org/unity350

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Meditation
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation

Meditation can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This group doesn't impose doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead, it tries to support what you want out of your own meditation.

The participants have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free-thinking community, we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it. We discourage fanciful talk about meditation. And we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others.

In our weekly meeting, we meditate together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many also find that it enhances their meditation practice outside the meeting.

Doors open at 7pm. We turn off our mobile phones and settle down. At 7:15, we start our first 20-minute meditation. We then have a silent 5-minute break, followed by another 20-minute meditation.

At 8pm, we start our discussion. First, we go round the room: everyone gives their name and - without being interrupted - says as much or as little as they want about their meditation. Afterwards, we have an interactive discussion of our meditation experience.

On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us (or a guest) gives a short presentation on some aspect of meditation.

Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost: £2 per session.

For more information, please email admin@new-unity.org.

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Small Group: Spiritual Explorers
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Small Group: Spiritual Explorers

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A small group that provides a space for reflection, meditation and sharing, based on a different theme each month (previous themes have included 'forgiveness' and 'creativity'). This month's theme is 'wisdom'. Newcomers welcome.

The group is led by New Unity members Latrice Reid, Marta Pacini and Suzanne Cohen. It's open to anyone, regardless of beliefs, spiritual practices or lack thereof.

The sessions consist of a guided reflection on a specific theme, with quiet time for reflection. Participants are then invited to share their reflections, and there's time for an optional further discussion at the end. We also enjoy readings and (optional!) singing together. The sessions are rewardingly calm and reflective, and participants can expect to achieve greater self-understanding, inspiration and a deeper connection with other members of the group.

If you can, please bring some vegetarian food to share, as we start the sessions with a shared meal. If you have any questions, please contact Marta on martapacini@ymail.com.

 

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Bright Lights Children's Group
Nov
12
11:00 AM11:00

Bright Lights Children's Group

Our weekly session for children, held at Newington Green during our Sunday Gathering.

The children begin their time in the service. After 'a Time for All Ages' (a short story that introduces the theme of the day), the children and accompanying adults adjourn to a bright, comfortable upstairs room. There, the group divides into 2-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. For under 2's, we provide a creche.

Each week the group explores different themes that help the children make ethical decisions and discover their own way through life. These themes are approached through arts & crafts projects, stories, and music & movement. Sessions are non-dogmatic and encourage the children to think for themselves. Recent themes have included 'Creation Stories from Different Traditions', 'Who We are in the World' and 'What do Animals Give Us?.

For more information, please contact children@new-unity.org.

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Sunday Gathering: Inspiration in War & Peace
Nov
12
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Inspiration in War & Peace

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

This week's Gathering explores 'Inspiration in War & Peace'.

Humankind has shared stories of war since the beginning of recorded history. War is seen as glorious and horrible, noble and demeaning, and the combatants alternatively brave, cowardly, and inhuman. 

Peace has been among our most talked about and sought-after states of being. It is longed for and yet abandoned much too quickly when anger and conflict tempt leaders to send society's pawns into harm's way.

What can we learn about ourselves and our societies from our deeply conflicted view of war and peace. Where is the inspiration for how we live today?

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The Unity Project Fundraiser
Nov
11
6:30 PM18:30

The Unity Project Fundraiser

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You are invited to an evening of dance, song, performance, and readings, hosted by actress Juliet Stevenson, to raise funds for the inspiring work being done by the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants and The Unity Project. Both projects hold onto the principles and politics of London being a welcoming, diverse and inclusive hub of arts, culture and justice. 

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Performers include Clara Sanabras, The Almeida Youth Participation Group, Brighton Dance Network choreographed by Ukrainian dancer Masha Gurina. There will also be readings by migrants from the Islington Centre’s work with author Sita Brahmachari and illustrator Jane Ray.

This event has been organised by Angela Neustatter.

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Richard Price and Tomorrow's World
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Price and Tomorrow's World

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Historical Curiosity or Man of Tomorrow?

Join us for a glass of wine and cheese to listen to author Paul Frame bring the fascinating life of Richard Price alive.


In this talk we will explore Price's life and thoughts and its continuing relevance, not only to today's issues but those facing us tomorrow. Touching on a number of Price's significant contributions, including his mathematical work, the focus will be on the impossibly utopian sounding idea of 'Universal Benevolence', the desire and mentality to do good, and its applicability (or otherwise) to our increasingly factional society.

The talk will run from 19:30 - 20:30.

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Welsh born Dissenter Richard Price is one of the most influential Welshmen you may never have heard of and was one of 'the leading minds of the Enlightenment'. Price preached and lived at Newington Green for over 30 years where, as well as being a political radical, he also did pioneering work in maths and statistics whose diverse applications today can be found underpinning industries and technology from life insurance and Google to nuclear physics and climate change models.

During his time in Newington Green Price wrote and published on many subjects, including political reform, civil liberty, pensions, life assurrance, demography, science and theology. A friend to the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Tom Paine, Joseph Priestley and Thomas Jefferson, many of whom visited him at Newington Green, he supported the American revolutionaries and the opening events of the French Revolution.

The Richard Price Memorial Lecture is an annual event and the current series has been running since 2003. We have been excited to welcome a wide range of speakers and topics to shine a light on the humble and devoted character of Richard Price.

Previous talks have included Barbara Taylor, author of Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination, speaking on "Radical Dissent and Women's Rights in Eighteenth-Century Britain", Will Self addressing the need to disestablish the Church of England under the title "Why Religion Needs Satire", "Dishonesty" by Evan Davis, the economist and BBC presenter and Wendy Savage, a doctor and long-time campaigner for women's reproductive health, spoke on " Patients' Choice and Doctors' Responsibilities".

Please contact us if you have access requirements.

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Meditation
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation

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Meditation can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This group doesn't impose doctrines or dogmas about meditation. Instead, it tries to support what you want out of your own meditation.

The participants have diverse motivations, practices and rationales. All are acceptable. We avoid imposing rules. As a free-thinking community, we respect the right of individuals to seek truth as they see it. We discourage fanciful talk about meditation. And we discourage seeking agreement or imposing views on others.

In our weekly meeting, we meditate together. We find this experience fulfilling, supportive and reaffirming. Many also find that it enhances their meditation practice outside the meeting.

Doors open at 7pm. We turn off our mobile phones and settle down. At 7:15, we start our first 20-minute meditation. We then have a silent 5-minute break, followed by another 20-minute meditation.

At 8pm, we start our discussion. First, we go round the room: everyone gives their name and - without being interrupted - says as much or as little as they want about their meditation. Afterwards, we have an interactive discussion of our mediation experience.

On the first Tuesday of the month, one of us (or a guest) gives a short presentation on some aspect of meditation.

Enter at the red side door on Church Walk.

Cost: £2 per session.

For more information, please email admin@new-unity.org.

 

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Big Talk
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Big Talk

This ideas and philosophy group explores a different topic each month. The setting is respectful and open-minded: we enjoy sharing ideas and learning about each other's perspectives. No academic background is necessary; just a willingness to join in the discussion.

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Sunday Gathering: Talking Love, Talking Justice
Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Talking Love, Talking Justice

Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation.

Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.

This week's Gathering explores 'Talking Love, Talking Justice'.

How we speak with one another can change the world. Each time we communicate in anger and suspicion, we close off the path to greater understanding, to compassion, and to love. We block the way to a better world.

When we communicate with compassion, and disagree in a way that takes into account the needs of the other, we make room for love to grow amongst us. We clear the way to move toward a world of justice.

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Nonviolent Communication Two-Day Training
Nov
4
to Nov 5

Nonviolent Communication Two-Day Training

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This two-day training provides a strong introduction to the process of Nonviolent Communication. 

Hosted by New Unity, a non-religious church in north London working for love and justice in community and in the world.

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What is Nonviolent Communication?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication, is a simple, profound, learnable process that offers specific tools to support a more human, respectful way of relating in any situation. NVC helps us to stay connected to our and others humanity whilst communicating, even in the most difficult circumstances, and inspires a more compassionate response from both others and ourselves. Discover why this ‘language of the heart’ is recommended by communication experts worldwide and why approx. 200,000 people are learning NVC annually in more than 95 countries.

NVC Foundation Training:

This 2-day foundation trainings present all the basic concepts and tools used in NVC. They give you sufficient information and practice to start using NVC effectively in your daily life - professional or personal. Participants often find attending this training to be challenging, moving, supportive and fun!

Over the two days we will cover all the basic concepts of NVC. Learning each of the basic concepts will be supported by practice exercises. The exercises are very simple to begin with and gradually become more complex and challenging as the training progresses and your understanding deepens.

Day one focuses mainly on developing your clarity regarding the basic elements of NVC. We will explore the themes of: the intention of NVC; three levels of empathic listening; four main elements of the core NVC process; and the four ways of hearing messages. Sunday morning will include a presentation at New Unity's non-religious Sunday Gathering. Participation in the presentation is completely optional but attendance is an important part of the overall training.

On day two we will go deeper with NVC, with longer and more challenging exercises, which will help you to experience the depth and power of NVC. We will practice using NVC to: clarify our inner experience; empathise with another person; and dialogue with someone whom we are in conflict with. In 

You can view a full outline of a representative two day workshop here (PDF)

At the end of the training you will receive a certificate of completion of the training (12 hours CPD).

This foundation training will be led by Daren De Witt. Daren is a London-based certified trainer with, and senior UK representative of, the Centre for Nonviolent Communication. Daren has been practicing and teaching NVC since the year 2000, and he trained personally with Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of NVC, during the years 2000-2006.

Daren's website, NVC Resolutions, provides a wide range of further information including an excellent introduction to NVC and what it can do for us.

Basic info

Location: The training takes place at New Unity, 39A Newington Green, N16 9PR

Food and drink: Please bring a packed lunch and, ideally, food to share. Tea, coffee, water, and snacks will be provided during the day

Accessibility: Sadly, this is not an accessible venue. There is one flight of stairs to access the training room

Timing: Saturday 4th November 10:00-17:30 and Sunday 5th November 9:30-17:30

Cost: £140 per person, £40 per person for New Unity members and friends. (We do not want anyone to be unable to attend because of cost. If you need a lower priced ticket, please contact Andy Pakula directly on RevAndy@new-unity.org.)

Preparation

It will support your learning to read 'Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life' by Marshall Rosenberg (Puddledancer Press), which is available from Amazon.co.uk here and from other booksellers. 

Or view the 3 hour video of Marshall Rosenberg, the creator of NVC, in seminar in San Francisco in the year 2000, which you can view on Youtube here.

There are two other YouTube video interviews with Marshall Rosenberg we can recommend, and which give some background to him and Nonviolent Communication:
1. A short 10 minute intro to Marshall Rosenberg and key elements of NVC.
2. A 23 minute interview with Marshall Rosenberg, which summarises many elements of his thinking.

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Meditation
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation

A meditation meeting without gurus or gods, doctrines or dogmas. We discuss issues and experiences arising from two twenty-minute silent meditation sessions. We also have a 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. For more information, please email admin@new-unity.org.

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Sunday Gathering: Pagan Inspiration
Oct
29
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Pagan Inspiration

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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. 

The oldest traditions saw sacredness and spirit everywhere in the natural world and drew wisdom for the season of life. Many are still inspired by this pantheistic and nature-centred vision of life. Today, we explore the way pagan traditions can bring richness and an important counterbalance to the often disconnected nature of modern life.

In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

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Living Lines and Changing Places
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Living Lines and Changing Places

FREE drop in family workshops.

For two days over October half term we invite you, and your family, to drop in to our animation workshop. Join us to make your very own Zoetrope or animated Flip Book inspired by the changing landscape of Newington Green. Look at images and maps of the past and design the Newington Green of tomorrow. What does the future look like? You decide!

The Big Draw is a nation wide campaign to get us all drawing. This year’s theme is Living Lines and is designed to get your marks moving.

All materials are provided. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult and children cannot be left unattended.

Please contact us if you have access requirements. 

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Meditation
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation

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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: Psychedelics and Mystical Experience
Oct
22
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Psychedelics and Mystical Experience

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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 welcome guest speaker Stephen Reid. 

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.

In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

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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
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

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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Not Just a Beard - New Unity Men's Group
Oct
15
12:30 PM12:30

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.

Stay tuned for this months theme.



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

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Sunday Gathering: Community is my Guide
Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Community is my Guide

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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 a case study which was explored in the prologue of Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers. Gladwell talked about an immigrant town in America that had italian ex-patriats. Doctors realised people from this town weren't dying from heart disease like so many other people around that time and it wasn't due to a difference in their genes or way of life or anything like that. They realised it was a sense of community which helped them beat the adverse effects of the rat race. We wonder how community informs science.

In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

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Stand Up for Dissent
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Stand Up for Dissent

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To dissent is to disagree with commonly held beliefs, a stance comedians sometimes find themselves taking as they observe, question and comment on matters from politics and current affairs to the everyday and the banal.

Join your host, Chloe Petts, as she leads you through an evening of stand-up comedy held in the heart of Newington Green, home of Dissenters such as Richard Price, Mary Wollstonecraft and Anna Laetitia Barbauld who were seen as radical thinkers in the their time, pushing against the norm to advocate for causes they held dear from equality to social justice.

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This bunch of comics may model themselves on the famous dissenters of the past and go against the norm but will they succeed? Will they make you think? Will they push your buttons and make you sit up? Or will they be "vanilla", "sensitive" and "millennial".

Watch them and judge for yourself; some will succeed, some will fail but at least they tried!

Your line up is:
Chloe Green
Jodie Mitchell
Olga Koch
Sam Lake
Shelf
Huge Davies

Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm. There will be a donation bar. 

Please contact us if you have access requirements.

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NEW SMALL GROUP: Spiritual Explorers
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

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.

This months theme is Creativity. 

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. If you can, please bring some vegetarian food to share.

We hope to see many of you there!

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Sunday Gathering: Inspired by Nature
Oct
8
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Gathering: Inspired by Nature

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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. In the chapel at Newington Green, 39A Newington Green.

Earth, rain, and sunlight combine to create beauty around us and foods that can sustain our lives. Imagine what a wonder and mystery this was to the ancients. Their response was an outpouring of gratitude, such as at the festival of Sukkot.

How plants grow and fruit is no longer a true mystery to us. What have we lost when we take the wonders of the natural world for granted? This Sunday is a day to reconnect with the inspiration, awe and gratitude engendered by the natural world.

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As She Is - A Film About Feminine Consciousness
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

As She Is - A Film About Feminine Consciousness

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Candlelight Cinema warmly invite you all to a screening of As She Is, a beautiful, inspiring, heartfelt film by Megan McFeely, in Stoke Newington on Saturday October 7th. She shares her own journey, embracing a very masculine way of being in the world, until her world fell apart and she had to let the feminine in. The film also includes includes interviews with renowned pioneer of deep ecology, Joannna Macey, among others. As She Is presents a compelling look at the undeniable truth that our very chances of happiness and human survival depend on receptive, connective, life giving feminine strengths and we are invited to view the resurgence of feminine consciousness in the context of the  environmental, humanitarian and economic catastrophes that humanity has created.

My commitment to hosting this screening is heartfelt and passionate. As a man I find myself caught between an old male dominated paradigm where I feel cornered by shoulds and oughts and a new more connected, sensitive, intuitive way of being that sets us free to say YES!!  to life on life's terms and I find that committing to this project is enabling me to make that transition. It is a REALLY exciting opportunity and my invitation to you is to participate in community in a way that promises to be innovative and liberating for us all.

Before the screening sound healer Alicia Davies will play the Earth gong which is tuned to the same frequency as our planet. This promises to be a powerful journey into the feminine in itself enabling us to receive the film's message more deeply.

There will time for us to share our responses to the film afterwards and spontaneously weave some magic. 

WHERE? Unitarian Church, 39A Newington Green, London N16 9PR

WHEN? Saturday 7th October, Doors open 7pm Gong performance starts 7 30. 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 feel free to arrive between 8 and 8 15 in time for the screening.

Cost? £10 / £8 concessions on the door. Bring a friend and one of you pays half. £9 / £7 in advance, or by PayPal Davidlake0@gmail.com 

For further information see: as-she-is.org

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Big Talk
Oct
2
6:30 PM18:30

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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