Auckland Pride Festival

Auckland Pride Festival LogoAuckland Unitarians support the Auckland Pride Festival 2015. Now entering its third year, the festival is New Zealand’s biggest social and cultural celebration for the Rainbow Community (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatāpui, Fa’afafine, Intersex, Queer) and their friends and families.  Continue reading

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Welcome!

auckland unitarian church, auckland unitarian church, unitarian universalists, new zealand, UU, auckland historyThe Auckland Unitarian Church is an open, progressive and welcoming faith community. We walk diverse spiritual paths to find purpose and meaning in our lives, but we are united in our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Whatever your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

We welcomed Rev. Clay Nelson in September 2014 as our new minister. Some Sunday sermons are still delivered by members and guest speakers.

Our regular Sunday Services start at 10.30am. Additionally, a variety of events are held at the church including, fellowship & spiritual development groups (circle groups), fortnightly Men’s Sharing Group, collaborative community group, fortnightly Men’s Meditation Hour, Rafters Music Club and three community choirs. See our Calendar for more details of upcoming services and other church events.

A Religious Education programme is provided for school age children during the service.

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The Gay Experience in Faith Communities – 2

Great Extrications.

By Geno Sisneros.

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Its Pride time! That means a festival and a parade and lots of parties and all sorts of festivities where LGBT people and supporters can take part and show their gay pride.

I have to admit, I’m not much of a parade person or, dare I say it, a ‘pride person’. I don’t get it. And I don’t feel guilty for not getting it. But since I’ve been invited to speak here this morning as part of those festivities, I thought I better find out how (or even if) I and my story might somehow fit into the grand pride narrative. Continue reading

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The Gay Experience in Faith Communities – 1

The Knowledge of Good and Evil (the simplicity of Love).

By Jim Marjoram.

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A little of my personal story to start with.

I was brought up in a very average middle class family in Sydney. The usual struggles and fun. Not perfect but I knew I was loved and safe. I was also gay. I knew I was different from quite young but couldn’t understand exactly how until puberty hit and I found that guys were who I was naturally attracted to and I simply had no desire what so ever towards girls. Continue reading

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It’s All in Our Imagination

By Rev. Clay Nelson.

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On your way to church this morning how many things did you see that weren’t there? It might sound like I’m checking on your mental health. Not at all, I’m not wondering if you are delusional but whether you use your imagination to see the world around you. For what else is imagination, but seeing what isn’t there. Continue reading

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Your Divine Spark and Universal Love

by Barbara Thomborson

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Surrendering to Wholeness in 2015

Born to Belong-Born to Give-Born to Bond by Worship Associate Sally Mabelle.

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Sally shares highlights of the new science which is closely examining the substance of our interdependent web of life. Based on Lynne McTaggart‘s “The Bond.” We’ll look at some of the latest research which suggests that a will to connect rather than a drive to compete is the essential impulse of all life.

OPENING:
What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint? Continue reading

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Opening the Present of Christmas

Rev. Clay Nelson

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We have lit the third Advent candle, the one for peace. It promises that the day is drawing near when we will once again hear the Christmas stories from the Gospels. In preparation for that I would like to give you my Christmas present early. Come Christmas Eve, I would like you to be able to actually enjoy and be transformed by the stories without having an internal argument with your rational side about Virgin births, moving stars, the birth of Saviours of the World, divine babies in human form, and whether or not any of it is history. Continue reading

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An Auckland Unitarian Church Thanksgiving: Honouring our Past to See our Future

Rev. Clay Nelson

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When is Enough Enough?

An exploration of abundance in a world of scarcity.
Rev. Clay Nelson.

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Sometimes a chosen sermon topic doesn’t lead me where I expected to go. This is one of those times. When I committed to speak on “When is enough enough?” I had in mind that for Americans Thanksgiving is coming soon, a time of celebrating abundance represented by an overflowing cornucopia and loosened belts after the feast. I thought I would be putting forth the virtues of a theology of abundance. I did begin there in my thinking but that is not where it ended. So I’ve decided to share with you my journey from the sermon I thought I was going to give to the one I am giving. Continue reading

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