Glasgow Unitarian Church – Programme
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PROGRAMME

Sunday AUGUST 4th - ROSEMARY G FRANCES MA (Children’s Group)
When did lying become part of the everyday? - The digital age has made communication easier and faster. With more communication comes more lies. Should we believe all that we hear and read? Fake news and scams seem to be everywhere. There maybe a temptation to deceive because it seems more commonplace. Let’s consider why and how people deceive others. Discussion after the service.


Sunday AUGUST 11th - JIM MILLER
THE TROUBLE WITH MESSIAHS
- In religion and many walks of life why do we often look for a Messiah to solve our problems and why do they so often disappoint?…


Sunday AUGUST 18th - LESLEY HARTLEY
Philanthropist, Altruist and Simply Kind – John Pounds - remembering Stephanie, Colin and John ‘I wants they as nobody cares for. They’s they for me.’ The words of this social and educational shaper whose remarkable life is the subject of a Unitarian Famous Person poster.'


Sunday AUGUST 25th - REV DR RALPH CATTS
CHANGES - Eastern religions or philosophies emphasise the impermanence of all things, whereas in western culture we seem to resist change. The importance of accepting that all things must pass (George Harrison) will be the focus of this event.
The service will include an opportunity for reflection and for comments or questions.


Sunday SEPTEMBER 1st- LYANNE MITCHELL (Children’s Group)
SACRIFICE - Ancient rituals of sacrifice have been incorporated into most religions and cultures of the world in various and often complex ways. For many peoples of the world, throughout time, sacrifice has been the very heart of their religious life. Does it hold any meaning for us Unitarians today? (Discussion within service)


Sunday SEPTEMBER 8th - Rev PETER FAIRBROTHER
THE OPPOSITE OF ADDICTION - What if everything you think you know about addiction is wrong? Johan Harri, author of Chasing the Scream' challenges us to think again. We will explore Harri's work; his understanding of addiction, holding and healing, and what it means for each of us.


Sunday SEPTEMBER 15th - ALASTAIR MOODIE
DO YOU BELIEVE IN FATE? - Do you think that your life has been preordained, at least in some respects? Has there been 'a guiding hand' or did you steer your own course in defiance of the wishes or predictions of others? Some ideas about freewill, personal autonomy and determinism will be explored.


Sunday SEPTEMBER 22nd - DONALD JACOBS
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM NEW RELIGIONS? - Unitarians often borrow from world religions and ancient and modern philosophies. New religions can sometimes be dismisssed as sects and cults with little to offer liberal religious explorers. Are there insights to be gained from exploring the traditions of new religious movements?


Sunday SEPTEMBER 29th - DOGO GRAHAM
HOW WE MISTAKE ADDICTION FOR LOVE - Most people say we love their partners, their friends, and their family. Some people say they love football. Some say they love fish and chips. All too often, they’re talking about the same kind of “love,” which is not love at all, but selfish attachment. We’ll examine what love actually is. (Discussion within service)



OTHER ACTIVITIES IN OUR CHURCH

Every Wednesday a small informal drop-in group meets at 7.00pm in the church. “What you say and hear here, stays here”. Some weeks we plan together what will be happening in the following weeks. All members of the congregation and their friends are welcome to turn up and walk in.

Here are examples of our activities:

  1. Sharing and discussing a particular interest, thought, feeling or concern. It doesn’t have to be spiritual or religious. Anything under the sun goes!
  2. Arranging to attend a particular film/lecture/ theatrical production/ talk together and discuss its meaning and importance later at the meeting.
  3. Planning an outing/walk on a Saturday to a place of interest. eg Doors Open Days, Scottish Agricultural Museum and Kilmartin Glen in Argyll.
  4. Reading a play, sharing an interesting newspaper or magazine article, playing favourite music etc.

Social Occasions

Aside from the weekly coffee-hour, the social events proposed for the final quarter of 2018 are a shared lunch in October, a yet-to-be arranged outing in November and an afternoon party for children and adults in December.


Social Action Group: meeting monthly after the service on the second Sunday of each month. This group provides an opportunity to help alleviate the problems of our modern world. Topics of current interest are Amnesty, poverty, homelessness, refugees, animal welfare, re-cycling and environmental concerns. From fund-raising to active protest, we will be doing what we can. Your ideas and time would be most welcome.


PLEASE CHECK DETAILS OF ALL ACTIVITIES ON THIS WEB-SITE PRIOR TO ATTENDING AS TIMINGS AND TOPICS MAY CHANGE.