Here is history for the background of our lives;
Here is thinking for the enlarging of our minds;
Here is fellowship for the warming of our souls.
…….a small group of free thinking people who find inspiration in a variety of beliefs. We come together to share our diversity and to grow together in unity. Most of all we encourage people to think for themselves.
We are people who wish our religion to be broad and tolerant, and believe that all people have the right to seek truth and meaning for themselves.
…….we are liberal religious thinkers who value diversity of belief. We offer individuals the freedom to develop their own spirituality.
Constructive tolerance and openness towards the sincerely held beliefs of others.
……the spiritual life cannot be precisely defined but should aim to be inclusive and compassionate.
Our members range from students to singers, from mechanics to carers, from researchers to the retired. We come together to share our diversity and to grow together in unity.
Worship is an expression of our sense of wonder. It is a celebration of those things that are of supreme worth and spiritual value which give dignity and meaning to human life.
We hold the right and responsibility to humbly engage, with an open mind, in a free and responsible search for the ultimate truth and meaning, whatever they may prove to be, and believe that this search is best undertaken in a supportive and understanding community, free from dogmatic assumptions or inherited prejudices.
On Jesus…..and others.
Today we respect insights from Christianity and non-Christian religions. We view Jesus as a great teacher rather than a god. We see the Bible as an inspiring book but not the actual word of God. We offer individuals the freedom to develop their own spirituality. The essential spiritual base is of liberal Christianity but its diversity is reflected in individual association with the Pagan Fellowship and the Sea of Faith.
We come from a wide range of religious backgrounds including e.g. Unitarian, Christian, Humanist, Buddhist, Pagan, Agnostic and others; as well as from no religious background at all.
Nourished by the deep springs of Judeo-Christian tradition, we value other religious and spiritual traditions as well as scientific and secular sources.
Our ethical and spiritual lives are inspired and enriched by the wisdom and teachings, both ancient and modern derived from all the world’s religions and cultures, including nature itself. We hold in high regard the teachings of the human being Jesus of Nazareth and the cultural treasure that is the Bible. We also recognise that for many they form part of our heritage.
On God….and the cosmos.
We are a spiritual community with many different beliefs. We find our unity in shared values such as the nurturing of the spiritual dimension and reverence for the earth and the whole natural system of which we are a part.
We acknowledge the role of reason and scientific method in developing a greater understanding of the real world and we also recognise that materialistic rationalism cannot hold all the answers to the great questions of life – which is why we cherish the spiritual resources of our religious inheritance, the inspired contribution of the arts, and ways of being which are compassionate, generous, considerate and gracious, seeing in them evidence of the ‘divine spark’ which exists in all life.
We have respect for the interdependent web of all existence, which may also be expressed as the spirit of life, the ground of all being, the oneness of all existence, even God, and which we recognise as perhaps the ultimate source of meaning in our world.