Macclesfield Unitarians


Welcome to all

I like the sound of all this.

Am I welcome to try things out, and maybe get involved?

 

“We are an open and welcoming community of diverse individuals…”

Our Covenant statement expresses our wish and intention to welcome all into our community.

Unitarians value diversity, recognising that we all can learn from one another – so the richer the mix, the greater the learning!

Here in Great Britain we have a proud heritage of commitment to equality. In the 19th century, Unitarians were instrumental in bringing about such reforms as the abolition of the slave trade, equal rights for women, freedom of conscience, and votes for all.

We have been prominent in the field of inter faith understanding – establishing the world’s first multi-faith organisation, The International Association for Religious Freedom www.iarf.net.

We have long campaigned for legal and social equality for lesbians and gay men, and for decades same sex relationships have been celebrated and blessed in Unitarian ceremonies.

Here in Macclesfield we aim to build and maintain a community of welcome and respect, described in the words of one of our hymns, by Andrew Hill:-

 

A place for people of all kinds

And all abilities;

A place for people from all parts

And nationalities;

A place for people of all faiths,

Despite their difference,

Their age, their colour or their race,

Their sex or preference.

 

It is in keeping with these values that we try to offer a variety of gatherings . . .

This is one reason why we try to offer a variety of gatherings – both spiritual and social.

We are really excited about our most recent initiative: Sharing Sundays, at 10am every 2nd Sunday. Celebrating the wisdom of all ages, this gathering gives everyone the chance to share thoughts and ideas, songs and stories, craft and cake…

As well as Sharing Sundays – and our other gatherings – we are always open to new ideas about ways to gather… what ideas have you got?

In the same open way that we would welcome your ideas, we would welcome you if you wanted to join our community.

The steps towards joining are very few and very easy:

Come along to anything that’s going on, to see what you think.

Talk to anyone you like about anything you like (including Michael directly if you like) to see if you can find the catch – because it all seems so easy.

Get involved in the ways that suit you, and when the annual opportunity comes, put your name to our Covenant statement to say that you are happy to be part of this community.

As one of our hymns says:

 

Here we have gathered, gathered side by side;

Circle of kinship, come and step inside!

May all who seek here find a kindly word;

May all who speak here feel they have been heard.

Sing now together this, our hearts’ own song.

 

Here we have gathered, called to celebrate

Days of our lifetime, matters small and great:

We of all ages, women, children, men,

Infants and sages, sharing what we can.

Sing now together this, our hearts’ own song.

 

Alicia S. Carpenter

 

 We come together to share our views, to listen, to absorb, to learn and to be enriched by them

It makes me want to keep coming back – it makes sense of our own increasingly chaotic lives…”

Brigid Cusick