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<ul><li><p>Brighton UnitariansBrighton Unitarians </p><p> NewsletterNewsletter </p><p>August 2012August 2012 </p><p>Sustaining a sacred space </p><p>in the heart of Brighton </p></li><li><p>2 </p><p>Welcome </p><p>We welcome all who seek a better life through spir-</p><p>itual and intellectual exploration. </p><p>We have respect for all faiths, coupled with a mod-</p><p>ern religious outlook that encourages freedom of </p><p>individual thought and conscience. </p><p>We welcome all who believe that religion is wider </p><p>than any one sect and deeper than any one set of </p><p>opinions. </p><p>We do not impose a particular creed on our mem-</p><p>bers or ministers. </p><p>We affirm the worth of all people regardless of age, </p><p>nationality, gender, sexual orientation, ability or </p><p>background. </p><p>We seek to provide strength and encouragement </p><p>for the spiritual journey and daily living. </p><p>We believe that all life on our planet is intercon-</p><p>nected. </p><p>We believe that how a person lives is a measure of </p><p>their faith. </p></li><li><p>3 </p><p>Pulpit arrangements for August All services start at 11 a.m. </p><p>05 Jef Jones </p><p> Piano: Nick Andrews </p><p>12 Rev Daniel Costley </p><p> Piano: Kathy Pitt </p><p>19 Estelle Taylor </p><p> Piano: Pamela Nickels </p><p>26 Rev Jane Barton </p><p> Piano: Kathy Pitt </p><p> In the evening: 6.30-7.30 p.m.: Quiet Reflection &amp; Candle Lighting </p><p>Members and visitors are politely reminded that our church is a sacred </p><p>space. If you need to speak to others before a service starts, please do </p><p>so as quietly as possible. Thank you. </p><p>Worthing Unitarians </p><p>Worthing Unitarians meet at The Friends Meeting House, 34 Mill Road, </p><p>West Worthing, the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 2.45 p.m. To contact </p><p>the Worthing Minister, the Reverend Jane Barton, email bar-</p><p>ton.445@btinternet.com or telephone 01903 202477. </p><p>05 Reflective meeting with candle lighting </p><p>19 Portrayal of The Divine in Poetry - Reflections of </p><p> Religious Beliefs (Part 2) Eastern and Indigenous </p><p> Traditions. Speaker: Rev. Jane Barton </p></li><li><p>4 </p><p>Dates for your Diary (All events take place in Brighton Unitarian Church unless otherwise stated) </p><p>Saturday 4th August, 8 p.m.: Concert by Fourth Page: improvised music that </p><p>doesn't sound like it's been improvised. Fourth Page are Charlie Beresford, Car-</p><p>olyn Hume, Peter Marsh and Paul May, who have released two albums of spon-</p><p>taneously composed songs that have drawn comparisons to the likes of David </p><p>Sylvian, Robert Wyatt, John Martyn and even Schubert. Their music is quiet, </p><p>intense and starkly beautiful, and of course each gig is a one-off experience. </p><p>"Fourth Page takes improvised music to exciting places it hasn't really been be-</p><p>fore. Stunning." (John Eyles, All About Jazz). Support comes from Boom </p><p>Logistics, the nom de plume of avant metal/ambient guitarist Simon Hopkins. </p><p>Tickets 8 (conc 6) available from http://www.wegottickets.com/</p><p>event/173976. </p><p>Saturday 11th August, 10.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Makers Boutique. Handmade con-</p><p>temporary arts &amp; crafts market. E-mail makersboutique@gmail.com for more </p><p>information. </p><p>Friday 17th August: Auditions for singers (SATB) who would like to take part </p><p>in a unique concert in the Brighton Festival 2013. Male voices particularly re-</p><p>quired for electronic/choral performance. Rewarding experience for the right </p><p>people. Must be able to sight read but also have musicality and passion in abun-</p><p>dance. Please contact Laura on 01273 582450 to arrange a time. See poster on </p><p>page 7. </p><p>Saturday 18th August, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: "Tote Art". An exhibition of works by </p><p>East Sussex based artist, Adrian Foord. Adrian called his work "Tote Art" as it </p><p>began after he picked up one of the small pens in a betting shop and started to </p><p>draw and has not stopped since. Themes range from film and song titles to </p><p>world events. Free entry. See poster on page 7. </p><p>Saturday 1st September, 10.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Makers Boutique. Handmade con-</p><p>temporary arts &amp; crafts market. E-mail makersboutique@gmail.com for more </p><p>information. </p><p>Sunday 16th September, 7.30 p.m.: Kate Dyson Poetry Reading. More details </p><p>to follow. Tickets available on the door, 5. Part proceeds going towards the </p><p>church Building Appeal Fund. </p><p>Saturday 20th October: Autumn Quarterly Meeting of the London District and </p></li><li><p>5 </p><p>Good luck... to Kate Whyman as she begins her Ministerial Training in Oxford, starting next month. She wont be leaving us, so well be able to keep </p><p>up to date with her in person. </p><p>Maria Curtis is leaving this month to move to Manchester, to </p><p>take up her training. Well keep in touch by e-mail, etc. </p><p>South Eastern Provincial Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches </p><p>(LDPA) in Horsham. More information in next Newsletter. </p><p> For more events in the UK, go to www.unitarian.org.uk/info/events. </p><p>Committee meetings are held in the evening of the second Monday of every </p><p>month (this is a recent change). If you would like to have something raised, </p><p>please see a member of the committee (see inside back page or a member in </p><p>church). </p><p>Jef Jones is available in the church on Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. if </p><p>you wish to see him. </p><p>VisitBrighton </p><p>This is the official Brighton tourism guide and BUC is now on it! The descrip-</p><p>tion of how our church is used - the time of services; how its seen as a place of </p><p>calm within the city; what a great venue it is - has got it just right. </p><p>But dont just take our word for it, have a look for yourself: go to </p><p>http://www.visitbrighton.com/things-to-do/brighton-unitarian-church-p370331. </p><p>Lets hope this raises our profile for anyone seeking a spiritual place or some-</p><p>where for their event or ceremony. </p><p>Broadwood Grand Piano for sale </p><p>5ft 6 in. c1895. Rosewood case, in good playing order, regularly tuned to </p><p>concert pitch. 600 including A-frame. </p><p>Contact Marion Bance on 01273 696022. </p></li><li><p>6 </p><p>From the Lay Leader </p><p>I was very taken by an essay called Modern Babylon written by the Arch-</p><p>bishop of Canterbury in Prospect magazine (May 2012). He says A world in </p><p>which every object is instantly capable of being rendered in terms of what it </p><p>can be exchanged for is one where there is nothing worth looking at for it-</p><p>self. He says that we are losing the time and space to be contemplative, one </p><p>of the paths to what he calls clear and compassionate self-knowledge. </p><p>This feels right to me. As the world seems to get more competitive and com-</p><p>mercial our lives seem to get more crowded and stressed. This is particularly </p><p>so during the economic downturn. So many people are tired and over-</p><p>worked. </p><p>I think I can see this in our city too. Brighton feels busier, faster and less re-</p><p>laxed than it used to. Less forgiving maybe. </p><p>In times such as these we can forget to pay attention to our souls. We can </p><p>forget to simply stop sometimes and be still. </p><p>I found an echo of Rowan Williams words in a poem called Love by the </p><p>Polish poet Czellsaw Milosz. He says : </p><p>Love means to learn to look at yourself </p><p>The way one looks at distant things </p><p>For you are only one thing among many. </p><p> And whoever sees that way heals his heart, </p><p>Without knowing it, from various ills. </p><p>A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. </p><p>Then he wants to use himself and things </p><p>So that they stand in the glow of ripeness. </p><p>The word love has many meanings but I pray for more of this kind of love </p><p>in the world, the kind of love rooted in contemplation and self-awareness, as </p><p>recommended by the Archbishop and the poet. May we take the time we </p><p>need to rest and to know ourselves. May we allow ourselves to be restored. </p></li><li><p>7 </p><p>Parking Space for Rent </p><p>A dedicated parking space is available Monday to Saturday with no time limits </p><p>and Sunday from 1 p.m. onwards, 365 days per year, at a rental of just 216 per </p><p>calendar month. (On occasions when the church needs to use the parking </p><p>space, e.g. weddings, funerals, etc. any NCP parking fees incurred by the hirer </p><p>will be reimbursed). </p><p>Child Naming Celebrants </p><p>Maria has been passing on her experience to a group of members who are inter-</p><p>ested in becoming celebrants at Child Namings, thereby strengthening the team. </p><p>If you have a child who you want to welcome in this way, or you know someone </p><p>who might, please get in touch. </p><p>For the parking space or Child Namings, contact Marion Bance 01273 696022 </p></li><li><p>8 </p><p>Winter Fair Jo Doezema has kindly offered to organise a Winter Fair at our church, to be </p><p>held on Saturday 10th November. </p><p>There will be meetings over the coming months for all those who wish to be in-</p><p>volved - announcements will be made in church notices and in the next few </p><p>Newsletters. </p><p>If youd like to run a stall, bake a cake, donate an item or help in some other </p><p>way, please see Jo or leave a message at the church to be passed on to her. </p><p>Wanted! BUC Community Photos </p><p>We are wondering if you have any photos that we can use to add to our </p><p>web site. We are looking for images of: </p><p>- our church community </p><p>- events and activities </p><p>- people in and around our church </p><p>Please send them to buc@brightonunitarian.org.uk or get in touch with </p><p>Paul Taylor in church or at paul@taylor777.f9.co.uk. </p></li><li><p>9 </p><p>The Great Ejection </p><p>2012 is the 350th anniversary of what became known as The Great Ejection </p><p>when nearly 2000 clergyman were ejected from the Church of England. The Act </p><p>of Uniformity, which became law on 19 May 1662, laid down that all clergymen </p><p>who had not complied with its requirements by the following 24 August would </p><p>automatically forfeit their livings or positions. The Act made compulsory the </p><p>use of the new Book of Common Prayer, much of which was not acceptable to </p><p>many puritans in the national Church. </p><p>The ejected could not remain within the national church in true conscience. </p><p>They went out into the wilderness From these events was formed </p><p>nonconformity as a permanent feature of English religious life ... laying the ba-</p><p>sis for the religious freedom and diversity we know today. </p><p>We should not forget the courage of these men in giving up so much including </p><p>financial security, social status, and freedom to pursue their calling. Their integ-</p><p>rity speaks out loud and clear. Many refused to keep quiet and suffered persecu-</p><p>tion in the years ahead with more punitive legislation being enacted. </p><p>About of half of current Unitarian congregations in England and Wales owe </p><p>their origins to this period of religious ferment, being founded before or as a re-</p><p>sult of the Toleration Act of 1688, when the dissenters right to freedom of wor-</p><p>ship was finally recognised. Many lay people followed their ministers out into </p><p>the wilderness and stood by them for many years until congregations were es-</p><p>tablished. </p><p>The above was written by Derek McAuley, Chief Officer of the General Assem-</p><p>bly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. It was copied from (and edited): </p><p>http://unitarianchiefofficer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/struggle-for-religious-</p><p>freedom-1-great.html. </p></li><li><p>10 </p><p>Fundraising update </p><p> Following Evelyn Hales recent talk, copies </p><p>of her script have been sold, raising a further </p><p>28 and bringing the total very near to her </p><p>target of 100. This money has been put to-</p><p>wards the cost of the repair and French pol-</p><p>ishing of our newly-acquired piano. Many </p><p>thanks to all those who gave. </p><p> The last in the summer series of Lunchtime </p><p>Concerts was held on 27th July. Audience </p><p>numbers were a bit on the low side overall; </p><p>however, we heard some great music by a </p><p>variety of performers AND made money for </p><p>the Building Appeal Fund. The next series </p><p>starts in October. All details in next months </p><p>Newsletter. </p><p> Weve continued to receive personal dona-</p><p>tions, for which we are very grateful. </p><p> Donations as a result of Marias party now </p><p>come to 1,047, which is great. Marias last </p><p>attendance at a service before she heads </p><p>north will be on 12th August. </p><p> Jo Doezema has kindly agreed to organise our Winter Fair. See page 8 for </p><p>more. </p><p> Tony Hulezjuk, from Focus Chartered Surveyors, has been appointed the </p><p>Project Manager for the roof repairs. His first task is to tender for the work, </p><p>which will give us a figure to aim for in our fundraising activities. </p><p> Fundraising is an ongoing activity, since our historic building requires regu-</p><p>lar maintenance and repair. The Fundraising Committee meets regularly to </p><p>discuss progress on existing projects and to think of ways to raise money. </p><p>Money raised so far </p><p>15,289 </p></li><li><p>11 </p><p>Brighton Unitarian Church </p><p>New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF. Tel: 01273 696022 </p><p>Email: buc@brightonunitarian.org.uk </p><p>www.brightonunitarian.org.uk </p><p> Lay Leader, Jef Jones </p><p> incl. pastoral Tel: 01273 710452 </p><p> care jefjones@btinternet.com </p><p> Chair Maria Curtis </p><p> c/o Brighton Unitarian Church </p><p> Treasurer Christine Clark-Lowes </p><p> Tel: 01273 602168 </p><p> cjclarklowes@yahoo.co.uk </p><p> Secretary Pamela Nickels </p><p> c/o Brighton Unitarian Church </p><p> Administrator Marion Bance </p><p> buc@brightonunitarian.org.uk </p><p> Newsletter Christine &amp; Francis Clark-Lowes </p><p> Tel: 01273 602168 </p><p> cjclarklowes@yahoo.co.uk </p><p> francisclark-lowes@hotmail.co.uk </p><p>All items for the September Newsletter </p><p>by Sunday 19th August please </p></li><li><p>12 </p><p>Thinking of Getting Married?Thinking of Getting Married? </p><p>Just Started Planning your Just Started Planning your </p><p>Wedding?Wedding? </p><p>Why not have your ceremony at Why not have your ceremony at </p><p>Brighton Unitarian Church? Brighton Unitarian Church? </p><p>Bookings now being taken for 2013Bookings now being taken for 2013 </p><p>Contact Marion Bance on 01273 696022 </p><p>Email: buc@brightonunitarian.org.uk </p></li></ul>

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