What’s On

Tuesdays @ RPUC

Tuesday 22 January, 7-8.30 pm: Labyrinth walk

A meditative walk through an illuminated labyrinth. Labyrinth walking is a profound spiritual practice that leads you to the centre of your thoughts by a roundabout route – a metaphor for life itself! Come along and try it for yourself.

Tuesday 5 February 7 pm: The inner light

The three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are well known around the world and in recent years the inner, mystic or contemplative  aspects of these traditions have become popular. Writers such as Rumi, Halevi or Meister Eckhart were firmly in their own religious tradition but their teachings seem to transcend their outward religious forms into a more expansive, inclusive and universal understanding that seems relevant today. During these sessions we will look at what these great thinkers have to say on the human condition and the advice they give on how to live life to the full.

Tuesday 19 February, 7 pm: The 42 Club

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the super-computer ‘Deep Thought’ decided that the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything was: 42. 42 might also be the number of opinions held in a room of two dozen Unitarians (several of us are in two minds!). Our 42 Club is a fun, lively but non-adversarial discussion group on the Big Questions: our first theme is: If Not God, Then What?

Tuesday 19 March, 7 pm:  Book group

The return of our RPUC book group. The text we will be discussing is The Book of Mirdad  by the Lebanese writer Mikhail Naimy. He was a contemporary of Khalil Gibran, the writer of the Prophet. Although Gibran’s work has been more popular there are plenty of people that would say Naimy’s work is equal in its beauty.  If you would like to know any further details please contact Simon on minister@rpuc.org.uk. You can find the book here.

Tuesday 2 April, 7 pm: Fish supper

A social event, with a fish & chip supper, a bit of fun, and maybe a discussion of ideas for future Tuesday @ RPUC events!

Other events

Saturday 9 March 2019 2–6 pm
Sunday 10 March 11–1 pm

The Journey of Becoming

‘… since we are programmed toward full personhood, life is always both an active state of being, and an ever-changing state of becoming.’ (Leo Buscaglia, Personhood – The Art of Being Fully Human)

Give yourself time to pause with a Saturday half-day retreat in a welcoming space with creative resources, followed by a Sunday service the next morning on the theme: ‘The Journey of Becoming’.
During the Saturday afternoon we will explore a range of approaches to self-reflection and journaling to use on our own journey of becoming. There will be times of silence, of dialogue and of shared reflection. There will be refreshment and resources provided.
You are invited to attend on one or both of these days.


Our weekly meditation session is open to all. You don’t need to be a Zen master to join in – guidance will be given to help you improve your meditation practice and achieve inner peace and balance.

Thursday 7–8 p.m.

Yoga with Jess | Move ~ Breath ~ Be

“Welcome back to your body, whatever size, shape, mobility or fitness. My classes are fun, accessible and non-dogmatic. The philosophy is simple – move, breathe, be. The style I teach is flow, it’s sometimes nice and gentle and sometimes hard bloody work – just like life. I encourage you to find your own way through the practice, to develop the ability to listen deeply and move in a way that supports your current needs. I play funky beats to enhance the experience of flow and I welcome questions, dialogue and connection within the group. New comers are very welcome, if it’s your first try I suggest coming to the fundamentals class. Come and play.” Jess 
Wednesdays from 5 September 2018
5:00 ~ 6:15pm | Fundamentals of Flow
6:30 – 8:00pm | Free Flow
Cost – £12 | £9 (concession, student, charity/NHS)
Descriptions of classes can be found here – http://www.shakeyourbuddhi.com/classes/
Or contact me at hello@shakeyourbuddhi.com

Music at RPUC

We host various concerts, recitals and opera performances in our beautiful Victorian church. Watch this space for details of forthcoming events.

Creative Journaling

The journaling group, all warmly welcomed, shares silence, then a check-in, and takes time for writing or reflection, some time for sharing as wished. Sometimes we work with a theme and sometimes the theme emerges out of our check-in.

First Monday of the month 7–8.30 p.m.

Stitches and Stories

Our craft and storytelling group meets to knit, crochet or sew items to be donated to charity. Good company and good causes make for a lovely afternoon.

First Wednesday of the month 1–3 p.m.

Gardening Club

A willing band of volunteers meets once a month to keep our garden and grounds looking lovely. Coffee and companionship to follow. All welcome, green fingers not required.

First Saturday of the month 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Reflective Mind breakfasts

Every couple of months, we meet for breakfast before the Sunday service to share food and deep reflection and discussion on a chosen theme.

Occasional Sundays , 9.30–11 a.m. Check the newsletter for details

And more …

It is not unknown for us to gather together in companionship around a shared meal. All are welcome to join us. (The one in the pictures was our Christmas meal – the funny hats aren’t some weird cult thing …)

For details of all our activities, please consult our monthly newsletter, the Flame.