Several videos of special events at Padiham Unitarian Chapel are available to view on the ukunitarian.tv website:
A Joint Multi-Faith Service entitled ‘Sacred Songs of Hope’ on 24th September 2017, with women’s Inter-faith choir Sacred Sounds and Sufi Qawwali singers Shahe Mardan, can be seen in two parts, the first part is here and it continues here
The Poetry Festival of the North on the English War Poets in June 2017, (Part 1). First lecture by Theresa Sowerby entitled ‘Never Such Innocence’ exploring the impact of the Great War through its poets, particularly Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. It can be seen here.
Poetry Festival of the North on English War Poets, June 2017, Second lecture (Part 2) by Rev Jim Corrigall on: ‘Edward Thomas: Nature Poet or War Poet?’ commemorating centenary of the poet’s death at the Front. It is available here.
Our Anniversary Service on Sunday 17th April 2016 can be seen here
A lecture at the first Poetry Festival of the North at Padiham Unitarian Chapel on T.S. Eliot, in June 2015, was recorded at the Unitarian annual conference in Birmingham (in April 2016). It was, given by the Rev Jim Corrigall (with readings by Rev Gillian Peel) on: ‘Religion and Poetry in T.S. Eliot’, focusing on ‘Four Quartets’. It can be viewed here:
Padiham Unitarian Chapel has become the first church in the Padiham-Burnley-Pendle area to gain approval to hold same-sex weddings.
The WB Yeats ‘Festival of the North’ – held at Padiham Unitarian Chapel in June – ended on a high note, with praise for the ‘excellence’ of the lectures and readings throughout.
The poetry festival took place on the first three Saturday evenings of June, with lectures, readings, music, slides and drama. Each evening drew an enthusiastic audience of around 35 people.
Padiham Unitarian Chapel received a Community Award for its Inter-Faith work from (the interfaith group) Building Bridges in Burnley at a ceremony at St Peter’s Church, Burnley, on Sunday 10th July – as did Sufi Muslims from the Free Spiritual Centre in Nelson.
The awards cited the joint Nativity Service held at Padiham Unitarian Chapel with the Sufis last December (2015). Collecting the awards – which were presented by the Bishop of Burnley – were Rev Jim Corrigall of Padiham Unitarian Chapel and Arif Khan of the Free Spiritual Centre.
A joint Nativity service celebrating both Christian and Muslim traditions attracted more than 150 people to Padiham Unitarian Chapel on Sunday 20th December 2015. The joint service won high praise from attenders; comments afterwards included: ‘a truly remarkable service’, ‘a joyful sharing of faith’ and ‘a great event which inspired friendship, love and respect among those who attended’.
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