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 'Everyday Christmas'.
At Christmastime, we feel a greater sense of kinship and compassion with our fellow human beings. We give more to charity. We make more time for friends and family. We're more conscious of those suffering hardship, pain and loss. We feel grateful for the good things in our own life. If we're lucky, we might even experience a few joyful moments of awe and wonder.
But within a matter of days - or even hours - this feeling evaporates. We're back to fretting the small stuff, dealing with admin, earning a living. And our Christmas goodwill goes back into storage for another year, along with the tinsel and baubles.
So how can we bring more Christmas spirit into the everyday? How can we sustain that kinship and compassion, when everyday life makes so many other demands on our time? Let's explore what might be possible.