News & Events

Dates & Venues for Area Meetings
2018

Saturday
Oct 13th
Bolton
(Speaker: Tim Gee) – *
Saturday
Nov 10th
Marsden
 
Saturday
Dec 8th
Blackburn
 
* – Tim Gee is a writer and activist based in the UK. He has written for The Guardian, Independent, New Internationalist and Peace News amongst others. He is the author of two books: Counterpower: Making Change Happen (New Internationalist, 2011) and You Can’t Evict an Idea (Housmans, 2013). His third book ‘Why I am a Pacifist’ will be published next year.  He has worked as a campaigner and trainer with various NGOs, and worked for a year at Friends House helping develop the Sanctuary Everywhere Programme. He gave the 2017 George Gorman Lecture at Yearly Meeting.

Rawtenstall Faith Lecture

6th October
From 11:00am until 13:15pm

Paul Rasor: ‘The Challenge of Liberal Theology in a time of declining liberalism’.

Liberalism, religious and otherwise, is under siege.   Many liberal congregations are in decline; authoritarian impulses infest our social and political cultures; fake news and shrill slogans drown out reasoned argument and nuance; meanness and stinginess overpower openness and generosity.   What kind of liberal theology is possible in these circumstances?   Paul Rasor will argue that liberal theology today must be a theology of resistance, radical inclusiveness, and liberation

Rawtenstall Unitarian Church, Bank Street, Rawtenstall BB4 7QY

World Quaker Day

7th October

Clitheroe Quakers are hosting a special free public event to mark it and to celebrate 360 years of Quaker social justice work.
Following the offer of a soup lunch from 12, Helen Close will speak at 1pm on her work as part of the Ecumenical accompanier Programme in Israel/Palestine (EAPPI).

Regional Gathering

17th November
From 10:00am untill 3:30pm

Bolton Meeting House, 50, Silverwell Street, Bolton, BL1 1PP

‘On being a Quaker through Life’s journey’


Rawtenstall Faith Lecture

1st December
From 11:00am until 13:15pm

Matt Carmichael:  ‘Rekindling the Spirit of Community – Restoring Depth in an age of Screens’. 

In an age of social contacts mediated by screens and algorithms, what is real community?   And in an age when real community is threatened by globalisation and ecological destruction, what does it take to build community?   Matt Carmichael seeks answers in the spheres of soil, soul and society.   He finds inspiration in sacred texts, contemporary activists, and cultures which never forgot how to live in community.

Rawtenstall Unitarian Church, Bank Street, Rawtenstall BB4 7QY

Rawtenstall Faith Lecture

23rd March 2019
From 11:00am until 13:15pm

 Alastair McIntosh:  ‘Towards Third Millennium Christianity:  Activism, Nonviolence and the Mystical Imperative’.

If Christianity still matters, then why?   Alastair McIntosh will argue that Jesus was an activist on a cosmic scale.    He understood non-violence as the power of love.   Religion of the first and second millennia has, for the most part, compromised that vision.  Third Millennium Christianity is a refreshed opening of the way, a way of liberation.  It seeks, in co-operation with other faiths, to walk the mystical path and bring fresh hope into the world.

Rawtenstall Unitarian Church, Bank Street, Rawtenstall BB4 7QY

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