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Winter 2018 Newsletter:
‘Birth’ – a message from our minister, How You Can Help: Updated Guidance for Greeting, Stewarding & Coffee-Making Volunteers, ‘Moving Towards Midwinter’, Festive Tea Dance in aid of Stonewall Housing, ‘The Year Compass’ Workshop, Our Treasurer Says Thank You, Hucklow Summer School: ‘Theology in the Flesh’, A Letter from Veronica on Trees and Food, Defibrillator Training, ‘Paths to Peace’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and much more…

November 2018 Newsletter:
‘Give Peas a Chance’ – a message from our minister, Festive Afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Stonewall Housing, ‘The Call’ by Carolyn Appleby, New Book Group Proposal from Liz Tuckwell, Feedback from our recent ‘How to be a Unitarian’ Workshop, Congratulations Corrina!, ‘Active Retirees’ Offer from Jonathan Crawford, ‘Why Are We Here?’ address by Jeannene Powell, ‘Our Unitarian Faith’ address by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and much more…

October 2018 Newsletter:
‘Living Our Faith’ – a message from our minister, Report from LDPA Quarterly: ‘Circles of Connection’, Memorial Booklet for Stephanie Saville, ‘Egyptimisms’ Artwork by Eliz Beel, Ministry Training Update by Jane Blackall, Photos from our Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, ‘My Source of Delight’ by Liz Tuckwell, ‘Justice Like Water’ by Sarah and Enea, ‘Living Invisibly’ address by Jeannene Powell, and much more…

Summer 2018 Newsletter:
‘Pay Attention’ – a message from our minister, Eulogy for Stephanie Saville, Unitarian Actors in Action, Poems by Carolyn Appleby, Brian Ellis, and John Hands, ‘Magical Thinking?’ by Richard Levy, Defibrillator News, Opera in the Meantime’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’, London Playback Theatre Returns, ‘Liberation Theologies’ by Jane Blackall, ‘Cultivating Kind Communities’ address by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and much more…

July 2018 Newsletter:
‘Liberation and Freedom’ – a message from our minister, Return of Essex Church Men’s Group, Poetry by Brian Ellis, Save the Date for a one-off ‘How to be a Unitarian’ Workshop, Flower Communion, LDPA Quarterly Meetings: ‘Building Effective Interfaith Bridges’ and ‘Facilitation Skills’, Marking Refugee Week, ‘Creativity and Art’ reflection by Brian Ellis, ‘The World as God’s Body’ by Jane Blackall, ‘Express Yourself!’ address by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and much more…

June 2018 Newsletter:
‘Creativity as Spiritual Practice’ – a message from our minister, ‘How to be a Unitarian – Feedback from our Recent Course’ by Jenny, Mike, Roy and Sue, Essex Church Men’s Group Relaunched by Jonathan, ‘Biography Notes on the Spring/Summer Wall-Hanging’ by Sue Smith, Playback Theatre: ‘Creativity and the Arts’, Photos from our Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance , ‘What Nature Means to Us’ reflections by Sarah, Niall, Heidi, Annie and Richard, and more…

May 2018 Newsletter:
‘Nature as a Spiritual Path’ – a message from our minister, Poetry Evening with Brian, Carole and Sarah, Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance in May, Feedback from the General Assembly (GA) Annual Meetings, Visit to the Mithraeum – Report by Roy Parnell, Svetoslav Todorov: Heard First Here!, Warden’s Column: ‘Chair Meditations’, New Books for the Church Library, ‘What is Grace?’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

April 2018 Newsletter:
‘Grace’ – a message from our minister, New Wall-Hanging Unveiled, ‘How to be a Unitarian’ Course Underway at Essex Church, Defibrillator Funding and other Committee News, Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance in May, Poems by John Hands and Brian Ellis, ‘Combatting Transphobia’ by Jane Blackall, Climate Change Art by Heidi Ferid, Reflections on Corrina’s ‘Singing for the Spirit’, ‘Health and Healing’ sermons and reflections by Sarah, Jane, Tristan and Jeannene, and more…

March 2018 Newsletter:
‘Health and Healing’ – a message from our minister, Good Friday ‘Gathering to Witness’, ‘How to be a Unitarian’ Course, Visit to the Mithraeum and London Museum, Annie Fowler on visiting Florida UUs, Photos from our recent Inclusive Tea Dance, ‘Sustainability Special’, Reflections on FUSE: Festival of Unitarians in the South East, ‘Grace’ with London Playback Theatre, ‘Love Hurts… and Heals’ by Sarah Tinker, and more…

February 2018 Newsletter:
‘Love and Kindness’ – a message from our minister, Essex Church Membership and Fundraising Drive 2018, Farewell to Peggy Dunnett (1925-2017), Jane’s Good News, ‘How I Came to Essex Church’ by Bobby Rebeiro, ‘The Time of Year’ by Richard Levy, ‘A Special Journey Home’ by Veronica Needa, Warden’s Column: ‘Brian and the Chairs’, Winter Poems by John Hands and Brian Ellis, ‘There Is No Plan’ by Jeannene Powell, ‘Finding a Parking Space’ by Sarah Tinker, and more…

Winter 2017 Newsletter:
‘Hospitality’ – a message from our minister, Remembering Barbara Ballantyne, ‘The Year Compass’ workshop on New Year’s Eve, ‘Theophilus Lindsey’s Essex Street Chapel’ by Howard Hague, Unitarian Theology Conference: Videos Now Online, ‘Celebration! The Sacred Way to Save the Environment’ by David Talbot, Singing for the Spirit, Sunday Afternoon Tea Dances Continue in 2018, Committee Update, ‘The Mystical Art of Unknowing’ sermon by Jane Blackall, and more…

November 2017 Newsletter:
‘The Unknown’ – a message from our minister, Festive Gatherings at Essex Church, ‘Singing for the Spirit’, London Playback Theatre, ‘Meeting Maimonides’ by David Talbot, FUSE 2018, ‘Thames Estuary’ by Brian Ellis, Warden’s Column: Reviewing Our Bookings, Chinese Sideboards looking for a home, ‘The Banned Monologues’ event, ‘Sweet Charity?’ address by Sarah Tinker, and more…

October 2017 Newsletter:
‘Generosity’ – a message from our minister, Committee News, Film Reviews by Liz Tuckwell, Photography Exhibition, Poems by John Hands, Brian Ellis, and Eliz Beel, LGBTQ+ Tea Dance in October, London Playback Theatre returns in November, Update from ‘Generation. Education. Period.’ Charity, Plans for a Men’s Group, ‘Unitarian Missionaries’ address by Sarah Tinker, and more…

Summer 2017 Newsletter:
‘A Sense of Purpose’ – a message from our minister, ‘Singing for the Spirit’ with Corrina Dolso, Visiting Other Congregations, Pokemon Excitement, ‘Further Reflections on Essex Church History’ by William Featherstone, Czech Unitarians Visit, Amber’s Fundraising Run, ‘Home and its Absence’ address by Sarah Tinker, ‘Liberating Labels’ sermon by Jane Blackall, and more…

July 2017 Newsletter:
‘Identity’ – a message from our minister, ‘Essex Church: Some Reflections on Its History’ by Howard Hague, ‘Grenfell Tower Service’ reflections by Jenny Moy, ‘Ageing, Its Gifts and Possibilities’ by John Hands, ‘Working on our Welcome: LGBTQ+ Inclusion Training’ Report, Mini-Wordsearch: Ministers of Essex Church, ‘Not Just Bystanders’ address by Sarah Tinker, and more…

June 2017 Newsletter:
‘Courage and Resilience’ – a message from our minister, ‘Working on our Welcome’ Training Day and LDPA Quarterly, ‘Jason’s Pilgrimage’ – John Hands’ Book Launch Event, Photos from the latest Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance, Poems by Brian Ellis and John Hands, Cultural Outing to a Late Night Prom with Carolyn, Film Review by Liz, Reflections by Roy and Sarah, and more…

May 2017 Newsletter:
‘Only Connect’ – a message from our minister, ‘Why an Angel?’ by Juliet Edwards, New Facebook Page for Kensington Unitarians, Reports from the General Assembly, ‘Walking for Health’ by Veronica Needa, Social Justice Themes for Kensington Unitarians, ‘Not Only, But Also’ Unitarian Survey, ‘Life Changes’ Reflections by Julia, Brian and Sarah, and more…

April 2017 Newsletter:
‘Transformation in Springtime’ – a message from our minister, ‘Another Chapter in the Saga of Old Age’ by Stephanie Saville, London District AGM Report, Natasha and Darren’s Wedding, Training Day: ‘Working on Our Welcome to LGBTQ+ People’, Inclusive Tea Dances, News from Our Church Committee, ‘Sinners and Saints’ Address by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

March 2017 Newsletter:
‘Good and Evil’ – a message from our minister, ‘Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance – A Jolly Occasion!’, Our 40th Anniversary, Report from FUSE 2017, Hymns Wordsearch, Poems by John Hands and Eliz Beel, Church Membership with ChurchApp, Cultural Outings, ‘Wisdom of the Body’ reflection by Sarah Tinker, ‘On Wisdom and Feelings’ reflection by Jeannene Powell, and more…

February 2017 Newsletter:
‘Wisdom’ – a message from our minister, Visit from Alex Gowing-Cumber of Inclusive Church, A Taste of Playback Theatre with Veronica Needa, Film Reviews by Liz Tuckwell, ‘For the State of this World’ by John Hands, ‘Findhorn Adventure’ by Sarah Tinker, Top Ten User Groups in 2016, ‘What Does it Mean?’ sermon by Jane Blackall, ‘Language of Spirit’ address by Sarah Tinker, and more…

Winter 2016 Newsletter:
‘Tradition’ – a message from our minister, Thematic Ministry begins at Essex Church, ‘Darkness as a Metaphor’ by Roy Clark, Christmas Cards and Merchandise, New Year Workshop: ‘A Time to Reflect’, Sonya’s Nia Dance Classes Return, Poems by Brian Ellis and John Hands, Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance with Rachel Sparks, ‘Elargissez Dieu’ address by Sarah Tinker, and more…

November 2016 Newsletter:
‘Community Builders’ – a message from our minister, Thematic Ministry, Report on our recent ‘Something More’ course by Corrina Dolso, ‘Spirituality and Art’ by Heidi Ferid, Winter Coat Collection, Photos from our Harvest Festival and ‘Rumi Night’ Concert, IARF Meeting, News of Sponsored Walk for Children in Need, ‘Nothing Lasts?’ address by Sarah Tinker, and more…

October 2016 Newsletter:
‘Move Your Feet’ – a message from our minister, Theme Based Ministry, ‘What Next?’ – Update on the Building Works, Reflections on Hucklow Summer School, ‘Heart and Soul’ and other Alternative Services around the District, ‘False Bodies, True Selves’ Workshop for Women, ‘My Narcissism’ by Jonathan Crawford, Sponsored Walk for Children in Need, ‘Summer Pavilions’ address by Roy Clark, and more…

Summer 2016 Newsletter:
‘Responding Creatively’ – a message from our minister, ‘Building News – Spotting What’s New’, Report from the Recent Unitarian Theology Conference by Howard Hague, Summer Pavilion Outing with Roy Clark, ‘Something More’ – a four-part course coming soon at Essex Church, London District Quarterly at Golders Green, ‘Reclaiming Community’ sermon by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

July 2016 Newsletter:
‘Stormy Weather’ – a message from our minister, ‘Mucking In: We Need Your Help’ by Jane Blackall, ‘Bike Ballads’ Book Launch for John Hands, ‘There But for Fortune Go You and I’ by Carolyn Appleby, ‘Ablaze! 150 Years of the Fire Service’ by Eliz Beel, Charity Collection for the Koestler Trust, ‘Reclaiming Community’ sermon by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

June 2016 Newsletter:
‘Agreeing to Differ’ – a message from our minister, ‘Perspectives on Happiness’ with True Heart Theatre, ‘Bike Ballads’ – John Hands’ Book Launch, ‘The Pleasures and Pains of Ageing’ Group Report, ‘Dress for Success’ Clothing Drive, Dignity in Dying Report, ‘Reverence for Beauty’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

May 2016 Newsletter:
‘Having Our Say’ – a message from our minister, ‘Leftovers’ reflection by Jane Blackall, ‘Cat Vibrations’ poem by Elizabeth L. Beel, ‘Donating Clothes for Charity’ by Liz Tuckwell, Invitation to ‘Evidences’ exhibition featuring Roy Clark, ‘Butterfly Dreams’ Charity Exhibition by Heidi Ferid, ‘Freedom in Faith’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

April 2016 Newsletter:
‘100 Most Spiritually Influential People’ – a message from our minister, ‘Evidences’ – Forthcoming Exhibition Featuring Roy’s Photography, ‘Supporting Girls’ Wellbeing in Laos’ by Julia Alden, ‘Report on the Big Sleep Out’ by Sarah Williams, Warden’s Column – Including News of Summer Building Works, ‘Messages from the Wise Ones’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

March 2016 Newsletter:
‘Time for a Spring Clean?’ – a message from our minister, FUSE Report: Festival of Unitarians in the South East, ‘Help!’ by Stephanie Saville, ‘Leaving Things Better than you Found Them’ by Jenny Moy, Film Reviews: ‘The Danish Girl’ and ‘Room’ by Liz Tuckwell, ‘My Favourit work of (Public) Art’ by Roy Clark, ‘Responding to Public Sculpture’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

February 2016 Newsletter:
‘In Our Element’ – a message from our minister, ‘Giving in for Lent’ Email Course, ‘Farewell to Nia – For Now, ‘My Trip to India’ – Photos by Melody, UU Leadership Institute Courses, New Seasonal Wall-Hanging – Thanks to Sue, Hucklow Summer School: ‘This Changes Everything’, ‘The Mystic’s Path’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

Winter 2015 Newsletter:
‘Give, Receive, Give, Receive, Give…’ – a message from our minister, ‘Feel Free to Roam’ by Carolyn Appleby, ‘Making Change Happen’ Report from Vision to Action Day by Carole Grace, Emergency ICUU Appeal for Unitarians in Burundi, ‘The Beauty of Challenging Children’ by Jonathan Crawford, ‘Paths to Peace’ sermon by Roy Clark, ‘Our Body of Politics’ reflection by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

November 2015 Newsletter:
‘Many Ways to Travel’ – a message from our minister, ‘Reflections and Thank You’ from Jim Blair, ‘Embercombe Retreat’ by Veronica Needa, ‘An Empathetic Eye’ by Roy Clark, ‘Unitarian Women’s Group’ by Carole Grace, FUSE 2016, Poems by John Hands, Creativity Group News, ‘A Life of Gratitude’ sermon by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

October 2015 Newsletter:
‘In the Tough Times’ – a message from our minister, Caroline Blair, ‘Precious Things’ by Jenny Moy, ‘Me and My Life’ Sunday Workshop, Two Weddings, ‘Hucklow Summer School’ by Luisa, ‘Pick a Card, any Card’ by Jeanenne Powell, ‘The Common Aims of British Unitarians and Prince Charles’ by Annette Percy, ‘Ramblings and Buzzings’ sermon by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

Summer 2015 Newsletter:
‘Right and Wrong’ – a message from our minister, A Message from Harold, ‘The Pursuit of Confidence’ by Jonathan Crawford, ‘Reflections on our Men’s Group’ by Jim Blair, Spiritual Bookshelf: ‘If Grace is True’ by Tristan Jovanovic, ‘Food for… Action’ by Melody, News from Swaziland, Women’s Group Update, ‘Mission Possible’ sermon by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

July 2015 Newsletter:
‘Moments of Beauty’ – a message from our minister, Visions for our Kensington Unitarians Community, Roy Clark: Norton Folgate Photographs, ‘R W Emerson’ by Niall Doherty, ‘A Retreat Invitation to Individuals’ from Carolyn Appleby, Reflections on Liberty, Unitarian and Jewish Spirituality Event, LDPA Meeting in Brighton, ‘Stepping Forward’ sermon by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

June 2015 Newsletter:
‘Meeting the Neighbours’ – a message from our minister, Children’s Leader needed, ‘Goodbye-ee’ by John Hands, Men’s Group Reflections, Unitarians at London Pride, Reminder about mobile phones, Report from the Management Committee, ‘The Art of Saying “No”‘ workshop with Jeannene Powell, Thank you from Tyler, Return of True Heart Theatre, ‘First Things First’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

May 2015 Newsletter:
‘Beans, Beans, Beans… and Lentils’ – a message from our minister, Chalice Lightings from our ‘Words for Worship’ project, ‘Light and Darkness: Reflections on the Symbolism of Chalice Lighting’ by Becca Farnum, ‘Singing Our Faith’ reflections from a recent congregational service, Feedback from the GA Annual Meetings, News from Cambodia by Julia Alden, ‘Selma – Fifty Years On’ by Annette Percy, ‘In This Together’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

April 2015 Newsletter:
‘Safety and Challenge’ – a message from our minister, ‘Words for Worship’ writing project, ‘Essex Church Activists’ Group’, A Message from David Darling, ‘Can We Enjoy Getting Old?’ by John Hands, LDPA Report by Annette Percy, ‘The Blue Dress’ by Jennifer Blair, ‘Our Living Stories’ by Veronica Needa, ‘Scarcity Waste’ by Roy Clark, ‘What We Need’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

March 2015 Newsletter:
‘Vulnerable Adults’ – a message from our minister, Reflections on FUSE: Festival of Unitarians in the South East, ‘Management Committee: Goodbyes and Hellos’, ‘Tips for Making the Most of Church’, ‘Getting to Hear About It’ by Elizabeth Beel, ‘A Goodbye, For Now’ by Carol Sheppard, ‘Make Yourself at Home’ by Jane Blackall, ‘New Perspectives’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

February 2015 Newsletter:
‘Who Owns This Church?’ – a message from Caroline Blair, ‘How I Came to Essex Church’ by Jonathan Crawford, ‘Lassana Bathily’ by Annette Percy, ‘A Life of Prayer: Workshop Report’ and ‘An Experiment with Money’ by Carolyn Appleby, ‘A Unitarian Guide to APPiness’ by Roy Clark, ‘Ministry Training Placement’ by Rob Whiteman, ‘Taking Stock’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

Winter 2014 Newsletter:
‘Christmas Cheer’ – a message from our minister, ‘LGBTQ – What Does it Mean?’ by Jane Blackall, ‘Turner: Reflections on Light’ by Niall Doherty, Report from ‘Intimacy in the World’ evening by Robyn Hazelwood, Book now for ‘Emotional Competence’ Workshop, Women’s Group starting in January, ‘Be Not Afraid’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

November 2014 Newsletter:
‘Why Me?’ – a message from our minister, ‘Kids Club at Kensington Unitarians’ by Sam Boyero, ‘Irreverent Dance Kickstarter Appeal – Can You Help?’ by Jane Blackall, ‘Pride’ Film Review by Carol Sheppard, ‘Human Writes’ by Carolyn Appleby, ‘Catching Dreams’ by Helena Coope, ‘CH..CH – Glad that UR In It’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

October 2014 Newsletter:
‘It’s What Earwigs Do’ – a message from our minister, ‘How Can I Help?’ – Volunteering at Essex Church, Reflections on Hucklow Summer School, ‘Buy Social’ by Roy Clark, ‘Celebrating Life’s Moments’ – Report by Veronica Needa, ‘Who Are You?’, Essex Church Christmas Cards , ‘Maps of Our Lives’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

Summer 2014 Newsletter:
‘Ordinary, Everyday Pleasures’ – a message from our minister, Responses from our ‘Chapeau!’ service, ‘Can Everybody Hear?’ – reflections on hearing by Stephanie Saville & Rick Taylor, ‘Greetings from Leicestershire’ by Howard Hague, ‘Unitarian Social Action: Then and Now’ by Natasha Drennan & Sarah Tinker, ‘Containing Multitude’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

July 2014 Newsletter:
‘How Do You Cope With This?’ – a message from our minister, Photos from our ‘Friendship’ service and Midsummer Lunch, ‘How to do Photography Magic’ by Caroline Blair, ‘Flower Communion’ by Annette Percy, ‘Thoughts on Friendship’ by Veronica Needa, ‘Choose to Bless the World’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

June 2014 Newsletter:
‘Just Because We Think It… Doesn’t Mean It’s True’ – a message from our minister, ‘Making a Difference’ – responses to our service on 18th May, ‘Life Enhancing’ – reflections from Juliet Edwards, Roy Clark and John Hands, ‘Bringing God Home’ book review by Caroline Blair, ‘To See the World as Others See It’ by David Francis Darling’, ‘A Community of Spirit’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

May 2014 Newsletter:
‘Making a Difference’ – a message from our minister, Iona’s New Arrival, Reflections on the General Assembly Annual Meetings, ‘Some Thoughts on Communicating’ by Sarah and Sonya, ‘We Shall Overcome’ by Annette Percy, ‘Redressing the Balance’ by Roy Clark, ‘A Weekend Away’ by Veronica Needa’Communicate and Connect’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

April 2014 Newsletter:
‘Opening Up’ – a message from our minister, ‘Sunday Volunteering: A Guide’, ‘Creativity Group: Photography’, ‘Let’s Talk About Death!’ by Jeannene Powell and David Talbot, ‘The Art of Forgetting’ by Jane Blackall, ‘On Love’s Side’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

March 2014 Newsletter:
‘Telling Our Truths’ – a message from our minister, ‘Get Me to the Church on Time!’, ‘Death Cafe’ coming up in March, ‘A Sense of the Sacred’ – Workshop Report, ‘How Free is Free Will’ by David Darling, ‘Comfort and Cheer’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…

February 2014 Newsletter:
‘Eyes Soft and Hard’ – a message from our minister, ‘Embracing the Shadow’ – Workshop Report, ‘The Silent Minute’ by Jeannene Powell, ‘Staying First’ Charity by Roy Clark, ‘Normal and Supernormal’ by John Hands, ‘A Path of Self-Compassion’ by Rev. Sarah Tinker, and more…