There comes a time when we are drawn to enquire what lies beneath or beyond the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. For some of us, this enquiry becomes the work of a lifetime, as we embark on the path often referred to as the spiritual journey.
Whether you’re wondering how to take your first steps on that path, or are already feeling drawn to support others in taking their own, our spiritual development and ministry training could be the perfect container and a community in which to write the next chapter of your journey.
Our Introductory Days offer an opportunity to directly experience our teaching approach, as well as explore and connect with existing students, ministers, and faculty. You are welcome to attend any of these events which are held all over the country – usually during an afternoon, with a break for refreshments, and plenty of time for questions.
In 2018, OneSpirit Introductory Days will be held between 12:30 and 4:30pm as follows:
Saturday 17th of March – Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill, London
Saturday 14th of April – Quaker House, Manchester
Friday 27th of April – Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill, London
Saturday 2nd of June – Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill, London
Saturday 9th of June – St Mark’s Unitarian Church, Edinburgh
Sunday 24th of June – Dundrum Road, Dublin – SOLD OUT
Sunday 29th of July – Dundrum Road, Dublin
Saturday 11th of August – The Avalon Room, Glastonbury
Saturday 18th of August – Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill, London
Saturday 1st of September – Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow
Saturday 8th of September – Ringwood Waldorf School, Bournemouth
Saturday 22nd of September – Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill, London
Saturday 6th of October – Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill, London
If you are unable to attend any of these events in 2018 and would like to take part in a call with a faculty member via Skype – as a way to learn more about the training – then let our Events Co-ordinator know and they will make an appointment for you.
This poem was written, after attending and supporting the Introductory Day in Dublin on 25 June 2016, by student minister Antoinette Doocey:
The Tapestry of Life
On the last Saturday in June in a Dublin suburb
Two groups of seekers gathered unknown to one another.
One in the Bookie’s shop below and the other in a room above.
Warm welcome filled the air as seekers climbed the stairs unto the unknown.
Sitting in a circle as candles were lit in honour of all that is, and can be, within, and without,
In each and in all.
A male and female harmony brought the beautiful words of Vivekananda’s acknowledgement of the age old, human search beyond oneself as a soothing balm to aching hearts.
Golden silence, resting within, settling into our knowing,
Another step on the journey to the centre,
Seeking that which is present but remains hidden.
Sharing who we are and what has led each one to this place at this time,
Links the Daisy chain of seekers.
Moving around the room, seeing one another in a new light, in a new way,
Sensing oneself in a different way in this sacred space.
Resting anew within the circle, the questions come, are heard,
Held and lovingly answered –heart to heart.
The gift of Buddha’s Metta Sutta spoken in English and in Irish, embraces all,
Before new acquaintances and fellow seekers moved onwards into the tapestry of their lives,
The many strands and hues of which wind onwards, vertically, horizontally, zig-zagging, above, below – all woven in the Grand Design lovingly waiting our presence to witness our own being .