Open introductory events – 2017
What is the spiritual journey? Some people say that we are all on a spiritual journey with greater or lesser degrees of awareness. Some people feel drawn to consciously explore their spirituality to live into their lives more fully and with more profound understanding.
An enquiry into your own spirituality can be confusing. Where to start? What to ask? If you are considering a spiritual training, OneSpirit introductory events are a free opportunity for you to meet graduate ministers, students and faculty. Intro events are held over an afternoon, with a break for refreshments, and offer an opportunity to ask questions and experience a taste of the training programme.
Event schedule for 2017:
(all London events are held at Essex Unitarian Church, Notting Hill – 12.30pm-4.30pm)
Saturday 4 March
Friday 28 April
Saturday 10 June
Saturday 2 September
Saturday 14 October
Saturday 6 May
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street – 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Sunday 4 June
2 Arbourfield Terrace, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14 – 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 19 August
Goddess House, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9AJ – 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Saturday 26 August
Sunshine Room, East Whins, The Park, Findhorn, Forres IV36 3TH – 2pm to 5pm
Saturday 9 September
Cornerstone Community Centre, Church Road, Hove BN3 2FL – 12.30pm to 4.30pm
To express an interest in attending an introductory day at any of the venues, please contact our administrator. There is no charge to attend, and you are not entering into any commitments for further training. You are also welcome to simply arrive at the event.
If you are unable to attend any of these events 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 administrator know and she 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 .