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December 23rd: annual Carol Service 

We are an open minded, liberal and inclusive congregation. 
We welcome people irrespective of their race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation. 
All Souls is a member of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.
We also share a special relationship with  the General Assembly of Unitarians and Free Christians of Britain and Ireland and have links with the Dutch Remonstrant Church.

Minister Rev Chris Hudson MBE        

Assistant Minister Rev Alister Bell BA (Hons)

Unitarianism!

Niall D.Haldane, the Hon. Secretary, at a reading from the eagle, questioned why  the very strong Unitarian strand in the life and history of All Souls' had rather faded away: is it too controversial?

"When I am asked about the All Souls’ and try to explain who we are or what we stand for I still sometimes get the remark: 'oh you mean the Unitarian Church near Queens'"!

 Our website www.allsoulsbelfast.org begins with the statement:

“All Souls is a member of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

We also share a special relationship with General Assembly of Unitarians and Free Christians of Britain and Ireland

 Dr Agnew, who brought the two Congregations of York Street and All Souls’ together, studied at Manchester College, an avowedly Unitarian institution.

 The Rev. Chris is a disciple of the Dublin Unitarian Church, which along with Unitarian Church Cork, is a sister church within the Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.

The Rev Chris was the keynote speaker in November at the European Unitarian Universalist Fall Retreat in Cologne and has been asked to speak at several Unitarian events in the coming months.

Representatives of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches attend the Denominational Synod and “The Inquirer” is available on the table at the back of the Church.

"The Object of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

We, the constituent congregations, affiliated societies and individual members, uniting in a spirit of mutual sympathy, co-operation, tolerance and respect; and recognising the worth and dignity of all people and their freedom to believe as their consciences dictate; and believing that truth is best served where the mind and conscience are free, acknowledge that the Object of the Assembly is:

To promote a free and inquiring religion through the worship of God and the celebration of life; the service of humanity and respect for all creation; and the upholding of the liberal Christian tradition.

To this end, the Assembly may:

·         Encourage and unite in fellowship bodies which uphold the religious liberty of their members, unconstrained by the imposition of creeds;

·         Affirm the liberal religious heritage and learn from the spiritual, cultural and intellectual insights of all humanity"

Surely such objectives are compatible with the aims and objective of All Souls’ and do not exclude any of our Congregants.

The Hon. Secretary is not advocating a divisive renaming or “rebranding”, but perhaps All Souls’ should be more open, positive and tolerant about its strong “Unitarian” tradition and links!

Immagine prodottoConservationes

Thursday 31st January 2019 at 7.30pm – How do I want to Die?

This is an open session and will allow us to think through and discuss our thoughts on death and how we want to die.  From this we hope to arrange a number of practical sessions such as funeral planning, will writing and other legal aspects.  If you wish to take part, please contact Monica Burns.

The Congregation has to be conscious of a simple financial fact: we are running a monthly deficit of £500.  The Committee and Finance Committee is doing its best to manage the situation, control costs and generate income from different sources.

Anne Stewart is our Stipend Clerk and meticulously records your giving to All Souls’, stipend and collections. Anne is able to add    20% + to all that you give, if it is linked to a HMRC gift aid form: so please make the effort complete a form if you are a taxpayer.  Stipend can be paid as a lump sum or by the envelopes.

It also is worth pointing out that the stipend year is the same as the Calendar year: so stipend if payed in a lump sum should be paid before the end of 2018.

All Souls' will not ask for your bank details!

If anyone wishes to make a contribution to All Souls' please contact Anne or The Ministers. 

Join us for Morning Service every Sunday at 11.30am 

followed by Fairtrade tea/coffee and snacks.

View our calendar "New Light" for up to date news, thoughts, inspiration and information

Panorama created by Michael McKelvey: michael_mckelvey@talk21.com


All Souls' Data Protection Policy including guidelines for use of images in publications and Summary of Child Protection Guidelines are published below

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Inclusive Christian Community,  Diversity,  Progressive Thinking,  Faith with Integrity,  Love,  Liberalism, Compassionate,
I n d i v i d u a l i s m,  Intellectual Freedom.  

 

All Souls, an inclusive church, is a religious liberal community.  We are united in Christian fellowship and not by any fixed doctrine or creed. Our members believe/agree that religious belief is a matter for the individual and not proscribed by dogma. We also acknowledge that such belief should be held in the light of reason and may change with new knowledge.

We come together in the worship of God, seeking greater awareness of the divine, in the spirit of freedom and in fellowship with all who seek truth.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.
Whilst the ethos of our worship is placed firmly in the Christian Tradition, we find guidance and inspiration from all great literature as well as in the deepest experience of human life. 
 
 

Our hope is to express our religion in ways that are open and free thinking, which will enhance human dignity.


Membership of this church is open to all, who can share these values with us
Our Minister is Reverend Chris Hudson MBE
 
Services are at 11.30am every Sunday
(unless shown otherwise)

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