1. Reminder - Youth Programme Social Media Weekend, 16-18 September 2016
There are just a few more free places available for anyone who would like to attend this weekend which will take place at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire.
This event, made possible by the Nightingale Centre Management Committee, is intended to bring together people who have skills in social media or creative ways of using the Internet to help the youth programme develop and expand its outreach. I am looking for people who may like to come and share social media tools and techniques to a small group of adults who are committed to making our Unitarian youth events known to more young people and families including families who have yet to discover Unitarianism. Cost of your travel will also be paid for. The weekend starts on Friday evening and ends at Sunday lunchtime.
Please contact Rev John Harley if you are interested in attending.
2. International Women’s Convocation (IWC) - Weaving Global Partnerships to Enrich Women’s Lives
Members of the International Women’s Convocation (IWC) are excited about plans for their Third International Convocation, which will take place at the Asilomar Retreat Center, Monterey Peninsula, CA, 16-19 February 2017, where UU women and women of liberal faiths will be attending from many countries.
IWC is pleased to announce two of the Convocation keynote speakers: Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur Foundation, and Zenshin Florence Caplow, author and Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage.
Here's the link to the Convocation event, with registration and other details - please note that the early bird discount has been extended to 30 September 2016.
As a teaser, here's the 5-minute video of the Second Convocation (Transylvania 2012).
Further discounts for ministers and young adult women are available, as are optional tours before and/or following the Convocation. More information can be found at IWC.
Register Now for Best Rates for the Third International Convocation. We hope to see Unitarian delegates from the UK.
3. Unitarian Renewal Group - Articulating Your Faith
Join the Unitarian Renewal Group for their next day gathering which will take place on Saturday 17 September 2016 from 10.30am to 4pm at Dunham Road Unitarian Chapel, Altrincham, WA14 4NU. The theme is “Articulating Your Faith - Who do you think you are?”. It will be a day of discussion and exploration for everyone to consider how we explain our faith to ourselves and others.
Speakers are Rev Bob Janis-Dillon, Minister on Merseyside; Rev Margaret Kirk, Retired Minister at Whitby and Jim Timiney, member of Bradford Unitarians and Lay Preacher. There will be worship and discussion.
Admission is free, however, donations are welcomed. There is no need to book but if you can let us know you’re coming it helps. Please bring a packed lunch.
4. Community Sponsorship Scheme launches for refugees
The following information has been published on the newly-launched full community sponsorship scheme which will enable community groups including charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK.
An online service to help refugees in the UK has been developed to make it easier for any member of the public to support refugees in the UK and allow local authorities to focus support on the goods and services that refugees need.
More information can be found at the gov.uk website
5. Women's League Photograph Album
The Central Committee of the Women's League have decided to endeavour to put together a photograph album comprising of Past National Presidents.
Below is a list of those for whom we still require photographs and we would be most grateful if anyone has any suggestions where any of these may be located or maybe you have one tucked away in a cupboard! Ideally we would like a portrait photograph in her Presidential year, however, looking at the amount of years that have passed since some of them were Presidents any photograph would be appreciated, even in a group. If you can help please initially contact Mary Wightman by email or telephone on 01382 775718.
Photographs still required for Women's League Past Presidents - Can you help?
1908 Lady Bowring
1919 Mrs Bernard Allen
1922 Mrs Currer Briggs
1924 Mrs. Mary E. Richmond
1927 Miss Ruth Nettlefold
1932 Mrs. Willmer
1934 Mrs. A.A. Taylor
1936 Mrs. E. Lewis Lilley JP
1938 Mrs. F. Cottier BA
1944 Mrs. M. Severs
1946 Mrs. H. Baily D.Sc
1947 Mrs. A. Nightingale JP
1949 Mrs. F. Sokell
1951 Mrs. A.D. Mitchell BA
1955 Mrs. Jessell MA
1957 Miss Ruth Herford
1959 Miss Margaret Stevenson
1960 Mrs. M. Whitaker
1965 Mrs. I Matheson
1967 Mrs. Sheila Stooke
1968 Mrs. S.A. Fraser
1970 The Rev. F. Whitby
1971 Mrs. J. D. McLachlan
1973 Mrs. M.E. Butler
1976 Mrs. E.Q. Smith BA
Thank you in anticipation.
6. Latino Ministry
Are you from a Latino background and/or do you speak Spanish? The Latino Ministry is an initiative of the Church of the Larger Fellowship with the ICUU and the International Office of the UUA. I recently met with Rev Jorge Espinal who works to support local communities and individuals as they explore the Unitarian and UU faith. He is keen to be in touch with anyone in the UK who would be interested in supporting or would benefit from his work. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Media Coverage
Rev Danny Crosby was named Slimming World Man of the Year 2016 which received extensive coverage including:
- That’s Manchester video
- Daily Mail
- Daily Telegraph
- Daily Star
- Manchester Evening News
- Huffington Post
St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, York “Ruth and James Sanderson to play lunchtime concert at York Unitarian Chapel” (York Press, 2 August 2016)
Cullompton Unitarian Chapel “New Minister brings fresh sense of spirituality to Cullompton Unitarian Chapel” (Express and Echo, 12 August 2016)
Belper Unitarian Chapel was in the news for its registration for same sex marriage, the holding of their first ceremony and also featured on Open Country on Radio 4.
- Nailed: Belper Alternative News
- BBC East Midlands on Facebook (Scroll down to 28 August 2016)
- BBC Open Country