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Today's address, given on the 11th April, 2021 in our Adelaide Church is given by one of our oldest members, Dr Bob Brummitt. Bob takes us on a personal journey of significant historical events and discoveries - some of them shaped by early Unitarians such as Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804) - that led Bob - as an 11-year-old - to refuse to be confir…
 
In his address today "The path is always bumpy - never straight", John reminds us that May Day has just passed us by - unnoticed and uncelebrated here in South Australia as our - milder, shorter winter approaches. In contrast, the approach of Spring and Summer is celebrated widely by Europeans. Having endured a long, cold Northern Winter, they reve…
 
Today's service - held on Anzac Day, 25th April, 2021 - is conducted by Miranda Pallett, a member of our Unitarian Church in Adelaide who is leading her first service. She commences her address by recalling a visit she made to the "In Flanders Fields" Museum in the Belgian town of Ypres, reduced to ruins by the war. Miranda describes briefly the po…
 
Today, Jennie builds on an earlier address - "The Tao of Pooh" - the title of a book by Benjamin Hoff, a western Taoist and the source of Jennie's inspiration today. Hoff's book was inspired by AA Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" - written in the 1920's - when Milne had returned from the trench warfare of WW1 suffering from what we would now call Post Tra…
 
Today's address, given on the 11th April, 2021 in our Adelaide Church by our President, Jennie Dyster is all about Lying. Of the 10 Commandments, Jennie would describe the ninth - "Thou shalt not bear false witness" as the one that needed to be taken with the "largest grain of salt". It's the most common of our misdeeds, and an unavoidable part of …
 
At our service today, Sunday, March 28th, John, with musical (guitar) accompaniment from Grant explores and celebrates the contribution of poetry and music to our spiritual well-being through poems selected from the works of William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and Dorothea McKellar. The guitar accompaniment begins with the melodies of two of our fa…
 
On Sunday 21st March, Jennie - our President, took us on a very human journey in search of "Soul". She commenced it with a definition: "Soul-searching is an honest evaluation of your feelings and motives - e.g. when we take the time to meditate or to think about our purpose in life and what's important to us in our lives". As we all spend some time…
 
Our service today, Sunday, 14th March 2021 was conducted by Kris Hanna from the Multi-Faith Association of South Australia. In his first address to our Unitarian community called "The Ego and the Soul", Kris recalls an inscription outside the Epworth Building in Adelaide: "I shall pass this way - but once. Any good that I can do - or any kindness t…
 
Today's service, held on Sunday, 28th February 2021 is led by Aaron Poeze, a member of our Adelaide church. In an address called "Artefacts of Truth - The Holy Grail", Aaron maintains that it is the journey undertaken with faith, courage, perseverence and conviction in search of our "Holy Grails" that is more significant in defining our lives than …
 
Today's service, held in our Adelaide Church on Sunday, 21st February 2021 is led by our vice-President, John Hall. It marks a milestone for our Unitarian community. David, one of our young members - in this, his first address, examines the Worth of communities, both Virtual (social media-based) and Real. David identifies with Gen "Z" or "Zoomers" …
 
Today, John Eaton illustrates the benefits to biodiversity following the 'cool burn' of the E. obliqua bushland at Shady Grove in April 2020 and relates it to our 7th Principle. In today's reading, The Rev. Forrest Gilmore warns that Unitarian Universalists make a profound mistake if the 7th Principle is limited merely to "an environmental idea". I…
 
In today's address - immediately preceding our AGM, John raises the question: "Why Unitarianism? Why are we here sitting here - in this place, rather than at the local coffee shop? John, in the short time available, mentions the Seven Principles that unite us as Unitarians. He then explores the history of Unitarian thinking down through the ages, t…
 
Today's service was the final service of our Minister, Rev. Rob MacPherson after nearly 10 years of service to the Unitarians of South Australia. It was a celebration of thanksgiving for Rob's outstanding service, ministry and leadership within our Unitarian community in South Australia and to the wider Unitarian Universalist movement. But it was a…
 
Our service on Sunday,3rd January, 2020 was the first service for the 2021 New Year. It was conducted by our President, Jennie Dyster. In her address "The Face of Janus: Looking Back and Looking Forward", Jennie encourages us to reflect back on what has been a difficult year. With the understandings, knowledge and wisdoms gained from the insights o…
 
The Children of our Sunday Club lead us into our service today by using our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles as their framework to reflect on this 2020, Covid19-affected year. And in her address today, our President, Jennie Dyster compares our approaching Australian Christmas to the somewhat bleaker Christmas in the country that invented it - as…
 
Today Rob considers the positive effects of exposure to religious pluralism on young children as they move from concrete to abstract thinking. Early exposure of adolescents to a diversity of religious beliefs and religious pluralism - within schools and communities that embrace and celebrate religious diversity will have positive benefits. Seculari…
 
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