CANCELLED: UU Paris Worship Service Mar 15 – Radical Happiness with Rev. Claire MacDonald

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Date(s) - 15/03/2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

La Maison Verte (M° Jules Joffrin)


Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the Rev. Claire MacDonald from England

Radical Happiness is the title of a book by the social psychologist Lynne Segal, in which she asks for a culture of change and responsibility not based on economics alone but on our desire for a better world. I will reflect on what that means now, for us, in 2020 as we make our way through turbulent times, times that need care, attention and spirit. Where do we belong and how do find belonging? How do we promote our own happiness and our connectedness to others, so that we flourish and the community flourishes too – and where does Unitarianism sit in all of this?


This will be the Rev. Claire MacDonald’s first visit to UUFP. She is a Unitarian minister and writer in Lewisham South London. She also volunteers at SimpleGifts, the Unitarian Social Action Centre in Bethnal Green, East London which also hosts the Live Art Development Agency, where she is a Board member. Claire came to Unitarianism from a career in theatre and the arts. She has written about collaboration, conversation, conviviality, translation, experimental writing and feminist art. She now writes about art, community, spirituality and change. Her essay ‘Return to Paradise’ will be published in the spring by the Unitarian Academy in Prague and she writes a monthly column for the British Unitarian magazine, The Inquirer, called ‘Rising Green’ about ecology and Unitarianism. As an activist for change she is committed to the idea, to paraphrase the composer John Luther Adams, that change originates in culture and not in politics, and that religion, like art, operates at the moving edge of experience, always edging into what is just beyond what we think we know.

Our offering will be donated to the International Women’s Convocation (IWC), see more information below.

Please bring contributions for the EUU of used postage stamps, eyeglasses, and backpacks/book bags.

This will also be the last service for Guest At Your Table drive donations.

We meet for worship at La Maison Verte at 127-129 rue Marcadet, 75018.
Music for gathering starts at 10:20 am and the service starts at 10:30 am.

Reminder: UUFP is phasing out plastic cups at coffee hour after the service. We encourage everyone to bring re-useable mugs or cups to Sunday services.

This year’s Religious exploration curriculum is called “Building Bridges”. We will explore different religions around the world. Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.

A babysitter will be available for children who don’t want to stay in the service or participate in the lesson.

Katherine Blondel is the coordinator of Children’s RE. You can reach her at with questions.