Meditation Fellowship Retreats

The Meditation Fellowship have announced the dates for the 2019 Retreats:-

24th – 26th April 2019 (Salisbury)
12th – 14th July 2019 (Grasmere)
1st – 3rd November 2019 (Salisbury)

The aims of the Fellowship are:

To promote the practice of meditation as an individual discipline and to encourage the formation of meditation groups in different localities through practical guidance in methods and techniques at organised retreats.

To provide opportunities for learning and discussion about various theoretical aspects of meditation – such as the psychology of meditation and the philosophical and theological factors implicit within the practice, and to explore the religious roots of meditation in the contemplative traditions of the world.

Sample Meditation video:-

To find more details or to book on a retreat visit the TMF Website:-


FUSE 2019

Fuse – The Festival of Unitarians in the South East has announced it’s programme for the 2019 weekend taking place between 15th & 17th February.

The event is being held in the Chatsworth Hotel in Worthing


There is a choice of 22 different workshops that you could take part in:-

Morning Devotions, Morning Meditation, Qi Gong, Putting the Mind in the Heart’

DIY Yoga, Heart and Soul, Unitarianism and the Great 19th Century Novel

Sharing our Stories of Change, Come and Sing, Moments of Grace

Intergenerational worship – sharing what we do, Animals and Us

Ten Commandments for Living in Today’s World, Sea Fever Walk

Developing Your Image, Image a Better Community, Images as Mirrors to the Soul

Dancing the Charleston for Beginners, 

To Whom it May Concern – exploring the many names of the Divine

Unitarians and Our Protestant Past, Exploring Dementia-friendly Congregations

The Dances of Universal Peace.

Once you have chosen a workshop then there is another decision on what social activity you will do, with the choices being:-

Film Night or Disco and Karaoke.

To book your place complete the online registration form by clicking on the following link:-

To find more details about the event watch the video:-

or visit the website:-

Sad News From Hull Unitarians

We received the sad news this week from Hull Unitarians Minister Ralph Catts informing us that long standing member of their congregation Marie Penn (widow of the late Rev Ernest Penn) had passed away.

We offer our condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 18th December at 12 o’clock in the Small Chapel, Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium. Hull. HU5 4EF.

Yorkshire Unitarian Union President Jen Atkinson will be attending the funeral to represent the YUU.

Please contact for more details.

Summer School 2019 Is Open For Bookings

Are the dates in your diary? – 17th – 24th Aug 2019

The 2019 Summer School is now open for bookings.

The Summer School is held at the Nightingale Centre in the village of Great Hucklow in Derbyshire


The theme for 2019 is: Theology in the Flesh’ – How Might our Embodied Experience Shape our Answers to Life’s Ultimate Questions?

The theme will be explored via 2 main methods:-

Firstly a series of daily theme talks by a team of speakers that will offer their perspectives on the theme:

At the time of writing the speakers includes:

Winnie Gordon, Eleanor Chiari, Robin Hanford, Jen Hazel, Bob Janis-Dillon

The second method is via Engagement Groups.

There are 4 groups which meets for two hours each day to explore a given theme.

They are:-

A: ‘Sex and the Spirit’ with John Harley and Mark Stewart

B: ‘Let Your Body Call You Home’ with Sheena Gabriel and Catherine Coyne

C: ‘The Beliefs that Ground Us’ with Celia Cartwright and Sue Woolley

D: ‘Sacred the Body’ with Danny Crosby and Sarah Tinker

Prices and Application Process

Adult Shared: £550
Children 12-16: £435
Children 5-11: £370
Children under 5: 165

Bursaries: Please do not let a shortage of money prevent you from attending! Summer School bursaries are available (typically up to £200 for first-time attenders and £150 for returning attenders) and we may be able to advise about other local funding sources. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are likely to need assistance with funding.

Download the 2019 Application Form Here

Full details can be found on the Hucklow Summer School website at:





Remembrance Day exhibition at the Peace Museum

Sunday 11th November 12-2pm

Come and view our new exhibition A Flawed Peace? to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. We will have poppy making sessions available as well as refreshments.

An exhibition exploring post-war peace marking the First World War Centenary.
The exhibition focusses on both heritage of the war and heritage of the peace and features a 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty signed after the war. The 1919 copy of the Treaty of Versailles belonged to Bradford politician Meredith Farrah Titterington and has remained in Bradford throughout its near one-hundred-year history.

A Flawed Peace? explores the question of whether the post-war peace after the First World War was flawed and will explore the kind of peace that was agreed. It will look at perspectives from different nations, peace groups, and individuals.

A Flawed Peace? is supported by a National Lottery grant awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme and made possible by National Lottery players.

Entrance to the museum is free, donations are welcome.
Please note access to the museum is up 60 steps and we regret we do not have a lift. We have an accessible street-level POP gallery on 60 Kirkgate with temporary exhibitions.

More details about the Peace Museum can be found on their website:-

Job Vacancy – Hull Unitarians

Hull Unitarians Administrator

Permanent part time position
Closing Date for applications 3 November 2018
Please consider the following post with Hull Unitarians and circulate to any family members or friends who you think might be interested and have the required qualifications.
Enquiries: Email or call 01482 224 662 between 10.30 am and noon. If unanswered please leave your contact details.
Please note that applications must be received by email or mail to the church by 3 November 2018 because the committee wishes to interview, employ and induct by 21 November 21 2018.


1. Suitable qualifications in office administration and secretarial skills;
2. Skilled in the use of the full MS office software suite;
3. Values of tolerance, respect, and equality in accordance with those of the church community;
4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently to achieve agreed goals;
5. Demonstrated ability to be the first contact point for all enquiries by email, phone or in person and to make appropriate referrals;
6. Able to receipt income using established reporting forms, and pay in banking;
Skill in organising special events (about six per year) including inductions, farewells, social events, Congregational meetings, and Unitarian workshops. This includes issuing invitations, receipt of fees, correspondence, and ordering.
Able to undertake occasional weekend work for special events (up to 6 times per year)
Experience in administrative tasks associated with managing a project.
NOTE: Applicants who do not demonstrate the 6 essential qualifications in their application will not be considered.



7.5 hours per week at £10 per hour; with 5.6 weeks leave, equating to 42 hours per annum (to include bank holidays), to be taken in consultation with the Minister and the Honorary Secretary. You are also eligible for statutory sick leave (see
The work will be undertaken primarily at the church preferably on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.
Once you are established in your role, some work may be undertaken from home by mutual agreement.
Six or less times a year there will be a special or a congregational meeting on a Sunday afternoon at which attendance would be desirable. This will be additional hours paid at the usual hourly rate.
Probation period – 3 months
Notice period – 3 months for the employer and 1 month for the employee


you will:
Be the first contact point for all enquiries by email, phone or in person and to make appropriate referrals;
Liaise effectively with tenants including maintaining a bookings diary and preparing a monthly summary of bookings of church usage for the accountant;
Receive income using established reporting forms and pay into the bank;
Gather and compile material to produce brochures and pamphlets for approval by the Secretary or delegate;
Assist the minister with publicity for the church including liaison with journalists and the media;
Keep the building secure by maintaining a register of key holders and liaising with the key holder security service;
Maintain a register of members and friends of the church;
Assist with appointments with maintenance and other contractors;
Arrange meetings of trustees and maintaining a record of decisions;
Organise various events (about ten per year) including inductions, farewells, social events, the Making meaning seminars, and Unitarian workshops. This includes issuing invitations, receipt of fees, correspondence and ordering of equipment and catering.
Maintain a register of insurances, safety inspections, copyright exemptions and other contracts and advise the Secretary in a timely manner when contracts are due for renewal;
Liaise with charities that the church supports and especially for arrangements for their representatives to attend charity coffee mornings;
Assist the minister to order supplies for worship and other church activities;
Assist the minister to compile and publish and distribute the monthly newsletter;
Assist with the publication and distribution of the quarterly magazine;
Load articles to the church web site.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list and other reasonable duties may be required to be undertaken at various times.
October 2018


New Index Available For Sing Your Faith

Supplementary Subject Index to ‘Sing Your Faith’ (Purple Book)

Rev Sue Woolley, who was a professional Librarian before entering the ministry, has produced a Supplementary Subject Index to ‘Sing Your Faith’, using many of the terms from the Thematic Index in ‘Hymns for Living’.
The new index is available from her free of charge by e-mail only, but a donation to Send a Child to Hucklow would be welcomed (please send donations to SACH, not Sue).
You can contact Sue at:
You can donate to the Send a Child to Hucklow fund here:

article copied from UNI-NEWS 201st Issue 24th October 2018