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IUCP Insights

We’re delighted to be reviving a monthly IUCP newsletter, and we hope it will grow to become a valuable source of information and inspiration for members and friends of our congregation. It may take us a few months to sort out everything related to the technical set-up and format, … read more.

Imbolc – the return of life and light!

Dear Friends,

February 1st marked the traditional ancient Gaelic Festival of Imbolc when our ancestors would celebrate the beginning of Spring.  We think that February 1st was chosen as the date to welcome Spring because it falls halfway between the Winter Solstice (December 21st) and the … read more.

The words we speak create the world we live in

Dear Friends,
We’ve just returned from sitting outside being warmed by the log burning in the chimnea on our roof terrace.  Darkness has come and this chilly winter night has a biting coldness to it………….I’m watching the log burning away from inside our apartment through the … read more.

Love Beyond Belief

Dear Friends,
Nine of us attended the EUU (European Unitarian Universalist) Retreat in Bad Homburg, Germany from November 15th to November 17th.  The speaker was the deeply inspirational Rev Thandeka, whose theme for the weekend was ‘Love Beyond Belief.’
The ‘Love Beyond Belief’ initiative was created by Thandeka … read more.

Coffee Houses and Vibes

French translation below thanks to Philippe 

Dear Friends,

When I’m working at my consulting room in Central London, I have this early morning and mid afternoon ritual of popping into a little cafe which is just around the corner from where I work.  There are many coffee … read more.

The Day Shall Come

French translation below

Dear Friends,
A few days ago I went to see the movie directed by Chris Morris ‘The Day Shall Come.’  The movie tells the story of Moses, an impoverished leader (who believe that God and Satan communicate with him through a duck) of a … read more.

Ebb and Flow

French translation below

Dear Friends,
Back in the early 1990’s, I was going through a phase of in my life when I felt creatively stuck.  My ability to deliver sermons/homilies extemporarily was thrown into a little bit of a crisis and I remember the struggle to find inspiring … read more.

Reinventing Community

Dear Friends,
We had one of those totally indulgent ‘Movie Weekends’ this past weekend.  However, one movie really outshone all the others – a film called ‘Bait.’  Shot on a vintage 16mm camera, in black and white, this film told the story of a seaside village … read more.

The Sardana

French translation below

Dear Friends,

One of the most delightful sights to behold in Barcelona is the dancing of ‘The Sardana’ which takes place every Sunday outside the steps of the Cathedral from around noon.

The origins of the dance are somewhat of a mystery, however it is … read more.