Meeting Notes May 2018

At our Service on May 6th we looked at what Jesus meant when he said in the Sermon on the Mount that the meek were blessed. It was suggested that another word for what was intended was gentle, and that Jesus was encouraging people to overcome the angry or aggressive side of their nature. This certainly seemed to fit […]

Meeting Notes March/April 2018

Owing to the bad weather in March both services at Cirencester and Swindon had to be cancelled. Our Easter Service on April 1st was taken by Kath Forder. Kath used the coincidence of Easter falling on April Fools’ Day to good effect, reminding us that in ages past one of the roles of the Fool […]

Meeting Notes February 2018

Many congratulations to Jean Whittam on her 90th birthday on February 18. On February 4th Gavin Lloyd led our Service, focusing on Epiphany. We remembered the visit of the Magi, and their wisdom and judgement in realising that Herod’s apparently benign interest in the baby they were seeking was anything but benign. Gavin suggested that the result of this […]

Meeting Notes December 2017 & January 2018

The Fellowship’s December meeting followed a bring-and-share lunch with the Quakers. Some Quakers stayed on to sing Carols with us, and one or two stayed to Kath Forder’s Advent Service which explored the themes of hope, joy, peace and love. This was a very friendly event, and we are grateful to the Friends for suggesting it, and for […]

Meeting Notes November 2017

The Fellowship’s November meeting was a welcome to Kath Forder as she took her first Service as our Lay Pastor. Kath recounted how her introduction to Unitarians was chance, and came about largely because her parents, looking for a Sunday School, saw Unitarians as better than the alternative. Kath clearly took on a store of memories from Sunday […]

Meeting Notes October 2017

Following on from his previous Service with its theme of love John Wilkinson examined faith. He suggested that faith was something very strong, yet not immutable. The only reason we should be likely to change our faith would be if we found it to be untrue. One example was the myth of Adam and Eve which, via a […]

Meeting Notes September 2017

We are living in uncertain times, with people round the world facing a variety of threats. John Wilkinson’s Service in September was gently and humourously bracing, reminding us in hymns, song and readings of the power of love to help us that we are not alone, but can support one another in difficult times. Jean Macmaster’s Reflection in […]

Meeting Notes August 2017

Kath Forder’s Service on August 6th marked Hiroshima Day. Kath recalled the events of that day, and told the story of a little Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki. Sadako became known round the world for folding hundreds of paper cranes of all colours and sizes as she lay in hospital suffering the fatal effects of the bombing. Her cranes became […]

Meeting Notes July 2017

At our July Service Kath Forder reminded us powerfully of the importance of thinking for ourselves, quoting the Buddha’s saying that we should only believe what we ourselves think is true. She used two stories concerning Daniel, he of the lions’ den, who on two occasions used his clear logical thinking to expose deceits. At this confusing […]

Service Notes May & June 2017

Cressida Pryor took an unusual Service on May 7, built around the Celtic spirituality of John O’Donohue the Irish poet, author, priest and philosopher.  Our thanks to Cressida for this interesting and informative service. Please note that our next Service, on Sunday June 4, will be a Flower Communion and Membership Service taken by Rev […]

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