30 August 2015 – Professor Paul Harvey, “To wander is the miller’s joy”.

Prof. Harvey led us through a service based upon the poem, “To wander is the miller’s joy”, and a recent poem in the Inquirer, “Inquiring Minds”. Written in 1821 and set to music by Schubert, this inspired a service considering wandering in literature and life. Are we Unitarians all wandering millers at heart; tied to one location by our circumstances as the miller is tied to his mill (we considered another poem, “I live by my mill”), yet longing to roam? Prof. Harvey suggested that this is a poem of tension, and commented that as Unitarians, we face the challenge of how we can answer the question “What do you believe in?” in a positive way.

16 August 2015 – Elizabeth Buie, ‘Unitarianism and Spiritual Experience’

Elizabeth Buie led us through a consideration of how Unitarians can make sense of spiritual experience. Beginning by inviting us to meditate on our own spiritual experiences, she guided us through what those who have studied such experiences have concluded. We can grasp that others have had spiritual experiences, but whilst accepting the meaning they themselves ascribe to it, must retain the ability to question and consider the meaning for others – in the true Unitarian spirit.

2 August 2015 – Rev. David Garrett and Transcendence

2 August 2015 – Rev. David Garrett and Transcendence

Rev. David Garrett led us through a consideration of transcendence and materialism. Focussing on the notion that the “God of the gaps” is dead (we no longer need the idea of an all-powerful God to make sense of physical occurrences we do not understand), he asked us to consider how God fits in with the scientific worldview. We considered the evidence for God, thinking of science, morality, personal experience, the arts, philosophy, and religion. Can humanism show us the way forward, to morality without God? Or can we find God in the everyday; from walking outside to knitting