Mini-Retreats and Small Groups

Small group gatherings – both online and in-person – are at the heart of what we do as a Unitarian community.  As of winter 2023/24, our programme of activities includes: bi-monthly mini-retreats for personal reflection and spiritual exploration (both in-person and online), our ‘Better World Book Club’ (on Zoom), once-a-month Sunday Conversations (in-person after the service), and of course our long-running ‘Heart and Soul’ contemplative spiritual gatherings (both online and in-person).

Better World Book Club: 

We’ll be meeting on Zoom on the fourth Sunday of each month from 7.30-9.00pm. Email for further details:

  • Sunday 25th February 2024, 7.30-9.00pm on Zoom – ‘Less is More’ by Jason Hickel
  • Sunday 24th March 2024, 7.30-9.00pm on Zoom – ‘Laziness Does Not Exist’ by Devon Price
  • Sunday 28th April 2024, 7.30pm on Zoom – ‘What’s In A Name?’ by Sheela Banerjee
  • Sunday 26th May 2024, 7.30pm on Zoom – ‘On Being Unreasonable’ by Kirsty Sedgman
  • Sunday 23rd June 2024, 7.30pm on Zoom – ‘The Book of Forgiving’ by Desmond & Mpho Tutu
  • Sunday 28th July 2024, 7.30pm on Zoom – ‘Loving Our Own Bones’ by Julia Watts Belser
  • Sunday 25th August 2024, 7.30pm on Zoom – ‘Rest is Resistance’ by Tricia Hersey

Spring Mini-Retreat: ‘The Stories Of Our Lives’

  • Saturday 2nd March, 2-5pm, on Zoom
  • Sunday 3rd March, 1-4pm, in-person at Essex Church

Book your place now for a mini-retreat, led by our minister, Jane Blackall. We will take a few hours to reflect on the stories of our lives and consider what we would like to be remembered by others after we’ve gone. Spend some quiet time in gently guided personal reflection before coming back together to share with others at the end of the afternoon. People of all faiths and none are welcome (no particular beliefs are assumed or required to participate). Email to sign up ASAP. PLEASE NOTE: ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. We will email you with preparatory information a few days before the event.