Wednesday 9 February 2011

For Ahead

I am volunteered to take a service on Easter Day, so this should be interesting to me - except it is too far away.

Spirituality Workshops - What do Lent and Easter mean to you? - Trowbridge

We will examine what Lent and Easter have meant to Unitarians and Christians down the ages, and what they can mean for us now.

The workshop will include Jungian perspectives, ancient pagan mythological parallels, and Christian mystical ideas.

Unitarians have traditionally disbelieved in original sin, vicarious atonement and the resurrection, but it is interesting to view the Easter story as a piece of mythology, and compare it with Jungian views of the process of individuation, and with myths of dying-and-resurrecting vegetation gods from the ancient pagan Near East.

Modern Pagans celebrate the myths of Ishtar, Adonis, Attis and Baldr, all of which involve a similar journey to the underworld.

Christian mystics and heretics have also viewed the Easter story differently.

We will also look at traditions of fasting and preparation, and ask if they are still relevant, or whether some other practice would be more appropriate for Lent.

Cost: Free, but donations for tea & coffee and chapel funds gratefully received.

Where? Trowbridge Unitarians, 'The Conigre' , 45 Seymour Road, Trowbridge, United Kingdom, BA14 8LY

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Also, while we're at the publicity game, this is relevant:

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