Hibbert Trust podcast: Alan Ruston on Unitarian attitudes to WWI

March 26, 2016

This month we have a special edition! We are hosting The Hibbert Trust's podcast of an interesting article by Unitarian historian Alan Ruston. In it, Alan surveys the diverse attitudes to war at the time, with some surprising results.

In this episode, Alan reads his article ‘Unitarian Attitudes towards World War 1’, which was first published by the Unitarian Historical Society. Alan was editor of the Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society for 25 years and has twice been the President of the Society. He has a particular interest in writing about the story of liberal religion in Britain in the 20th century.

You can read the original article on Faith and Freedom website as part of the Great War project, where the full list of references used can be seen (http://www.faithandfreedom.org.uk/GWarticles.htm).

A further article, also by Alan Ruston, on Unitarians and WW1 can be seen in the The Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society in the 1993 issue. This article is about the two Unitarian ministers who volunteered for the army, even though they were exempt, and were killed. At the end of the article, the names and details of all Unitarian ministers who served in WW1 in one capacity or another (such as in the ambulance service, YMCA etc) are listed.

For a wider treatment of church attitudes to WW1, Alan Ruston has written the appropriate chapter in Protestant Nonconformity in the 20th century (published by Paternoster Press) on attitude of Congregationalists, Baptists and others as well as Unitarians to the War.

You can find more information about contemporary issues in liberal religion, just visit www.thehibberttrust.org.uk

SpiritualPULSE August Voices

August 30, 2014

This month's Unitarian podcast features voices from Hucklow Summer School, Rev David Usher interviews members at Lewes Chapel about their work with The Oyster Project plus Rev Usher's personal thoughts on living faith. Produced by Kate Dean. Music by Stew Dean and Faye Clinton.

SpiritualPULSE: July Meditation 2014

July 31, 2014

This month's meditation episode is all about our love of music. It features guitar by Stew Dean, piano by Faye Clinton and a song by the presenter Kate Dean which was co-written by the songwriter James Bryan. The song was inspired by the poem Isn't that Something? by Rumi, translated by Daniel LandinskyIsn't that Something? is taken from the wonderful Penguin publication Love Poems from God, copyright 2002, and used by kind permission of Daniel Ladinsky. This podcast was produced by Kate Dean (formerly Buchanan).

SpiritualPULSE: June Voices 2014

June 30, 2014

After a haitus in May, we're back with a special edition to mark the first same sex weddings in the UK. We hear from the Chief Executive of the UK Unitarians, Derek McAuley who was involved in the marriage equality campaign. We also have interviews with Martyn Watson who got married recently, and another in our series of Unitarian 'origin stories' from Christina Smith from Derby and Belper. Subscribe via Podbean or iTunes so you never miss an episode! Produced by Kate Buchanan

SpiritualPULSE: April Meditation 2014

April 10, 2014

This month's meditations are inspired by the season of spring and the festival of Easter. A relaxing podcast with words and music including a track by Peter Mayer. Produced by Rev David Usher and Kate Buchanan. For more information on the London and South East Unitarians, visit www.ldpa.org.uk

SpiritualPULSE: March Voices 2014

March 19, 2014

In this episode the voices are from the recent Festival of Unitarians in the South East, FUSE. We also have another in our series of interviews with committed Unitarians about their faith. Produced by Kate Buchanan. More information and news about the Unitarians: www.ldpa.org.uk

SpiritualPULSE: February Meditation

February 5, 2014

Relax with our short Unitarian podcast featuring words and music on the theme of 'spiritual love'. Produced by Kate Buchanan, featuring Matthew Smith and Stuart Coupe. Wave soundtrack courtesy of mugwood at freesound.org

Spiritual PULSE: January Voices 2014

January 4, 2014

In our first full podcast, we'll introduce ourselves and talk about the hot events happening in the London and South East district. There's also an interview with Judy Harris where she talks about why being a Unitarian is important in her life. Produced by Kate Buchanan and Rev David Usher.

Spiritual PULSE: Meditation on Mandela

December 8, 2013

Welcome to The Spiritual PULSE, the podcast of Unitarians in London and the South East.

To mark the death of Nelson Mandela, the district minister Rev David Usher offers a short meditation on Mandela. 

Problems with playing the podcast? You may need to download a free plugin such as the latest version of Windows Media Player or QuickTime. You can also find us at the iTunes Store by searching "spiritual pulse" and looking under the podcast results! 
Produced by Kate Buchanan and David Usher