Welcome

The Memorial Church is a grounded and welcoming community offering opportunities for spiritual and ethical growth, and support to those in need.

We hold two services each Sunday and events throughout the year.  These are open to all, including people from other denominations who need fresh air to sustain them on their path, and families looking for a church that is stimulating and rooted in Christian culture, but light on baggage from the past.

The church has been the home of progressive religion in Cambridge since 1904. It is the Unitarian church serving north Essex, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough and north Hertfordshire. 

We hope you find the information you need on this website, and food-for-thought through the Reflection pages. If there is anything else you would like to know please contact the minister.

Enlightenment & liberal Christian roots

History of this church

Services

Sunday 10.30-11.30am - Morning Service

A family service of prayers, hymns, readings, music and an address followed by tea, coffee and conversation and, on the first Sunday of the month, by a Bring and Share Lunch.

Sunday 6.30-7.30pm - Service of Mindfulness Meditation

A quiet service of mindfulness meditation, prayer, reflection and music. In winter this is held by candlelight.

Events

In addition to our two Sunday services, we organise events throughout the year.

These include parties like the easy-going monthly bring and share lunches (first Sunday of the month after the morning service all year), Burns Night Supper (Sat 24th January), monthly lunch club for the 60+'s and occasional Epicurean Gatherings (possibly the world's most relaxed philosophy seminars, where good food, wine and company go hand in hand with consoling philosophy).

Wednesday evening's in term-time are the moments for excursive conversation about philosophy and religion. Once a term these are turned over to the Sea of Faith Network for discussion of a single theme that will be of interest to religious liberals from all denominations (or none).

We are proud to host the wealth of activities offered outside organisations in the Church, Hall and Common Room throughout the year.

Occasional courses are run: last Lent on the minimalist theology of Henry Nelson Weiman and in October and November 2014 there were four fun sessions on staying well in body and mind according to Galen, doctor to the Roman emperor (and Stoic philosopher) Marcus Aurelius.

Parties, philosophy and friendly, open conversation - I hope this gives you a flavour of the events to be found in the calendars above by Week, by Month and an outline of the Church Year.

Reflection

If you would like to begin to explore something of the free-thinking that is currently going on within this community you are on the right page.

Here you’ll find:

Addresses

Each week on a Sunday morning a fifteen minute address is offered to members of the congregation. It draws on the faith and experience of the person conducting the service and it is offered up simply as encouragement to further reflection and thought. It is most certainly not a definitive statement with which you must agree.

Conversations

Within this community open-hearted and minded conversation is seen as a central activity. As Bronson Alcott (1799–1888) said: “Conversation as the natural organ communicating, mind with mind, . . . is the method of human culture. By it I come nearer to those whom I shall address than by any other means.”

Courses

From time to time we run courses on a single theme over the course of a few weeks. For example, in the past, we have explored Henry David Thoreau’s book, “Walden”, Onora O'Neill’s “A Question of Trust: The BBC Reith Lectures 2002” and a Lent Course on the religious naturalist philosophy of Henry Nelson Wieman.

We are about to run a four-week course this October on what we can learn from Marcus Aurelius’ doctor, Galen. This is being run in conjunction with Exeter University.

Reading

On this page you will find a variety of links to online pieces and digital books that may be of interest to people exploring a liberal religious and philosophical outlook for the first time.