Bute woman creates ‘unidoodles’ for liberal religious education

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Bute artist Lyanne Mitchell has placed her skills at the service of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches by designing a folder of eleven sheets of ‘Unidoodles’.

The sheets will allow children plenty of scope to draw their own pictures. They illustrate some of the values, practices and personalities associated with Unitarianism.

Among them are ones which focus on the design of places of worship (what kind of doors will welcome people in?), the design and significance of the Unitarian emblem, the flaming chalice, the design of stained-glass windows for a particular celebration, and the arrangement of flowers for a Flower Communion.

The packs will be sold to Unitarian congregations across Britain and Ireland for use with individual children or junior-church groups.

Mrs Mitchell has a professional background in graphic design, and is also a musician and writer. She has a huge commitment to the Unitarian Movement and has been a member at Glasgow Unitarian Church for the past 30 years, playing the organ there and, as a member of the Ministry Leadership team, takes her turn at leading Sunday worship.

After her retirement from her position as a lecturer in further education, she and her husband moved last year to the island in the Firth of Clyde. There she enjoys painting water-colour landscapes, sings in the island community choir, and serves as the chair of Tale Spinners, a small group of writers.

To those who don’t know, Unitarianism is an evolving movement. It is the most liberal of Nonconformist religious groups and comes from a tradition of free-thinking which existed even in the middle ages.