8 March 2015, Clare Gately and “Finding Your Voice”

Clare Gately from the Edinburgh Unitarians led an inspiring service, beginning with a story for all ages, “The Mouse of Gold” by Jennifer Doherty. Inspired by the tale of a small mouse who uses his ability to find valuable things to help his friend, the Silent Bird, recover his voice, Clare led us in a consideration of what finding our voice means. What is our authentic voice? How do we find it and speak with meaning?

Following her address, Clare led us in a guided meditation, inspired by a quote from the poet Hafiz: “How did the rose ever open its heart and give to the world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its being, other we all remain too frightened.” After a period of deep contemplation, we closed with a reading from Marianne Williamson, and the classic hymn, “Children of a Bright Tomorrow”. We hope to welcome Clare back to Newcastle in future.