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Join us at 11am Sunday mornings

(10pm UTC Saturday evening)

Our services include a talk from a different speaker every week, often followed by a discussion. Services feature Jaime Taylor or Soomin Kim on our fully restored stereophonic pipe organ, and Frank Chen on piano. We always finish with morning tea and opportunity for friendly socialising.


Join us ‘live’ in the building,
or via Zoom, link below:-
Meeting ID: 894 916 3748, Passcode: 12345

Coming up:-

Sunday 25 February, 11.00am:-

Topic: Why should we learn another language?

Speaker & Worship Leader:- Viv Allen

Our speaker originally scheduled for today has had to cancel (get well soon), instead I will present a talk inspired by a Sept 2020 talk from Clay Nelson and using some of his words and some from me about my experience of learning Spanish for nearly 15 years.


Sunday 3 March, 11.00am:-

Pride Month

Speaker & Worship Leader:- Ruby Johnson


you can also

Zoom into a midweek (Wednesday 21st, 28th, etc. February) morning tea and chat, with whoever else turns up,

Read the latest ANZUUA (Australia and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association) Newsletter March 2023

Health and safety measures: We now have working air purifiers in the church, to help reduce the spread of any nasties.

Peacemakers Unite for a World Beyond War

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Speaker:- Laurie Ross
& Worship Leader:- Shirin Caldwell

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Audio to come

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Laurie Ross © 18 February 2024

To Come


Meditation / Conversation starter

  • What is the peacemaker role for Aotearoa/New Zealand in the world?

Links

Opening Words:- Call to Worship and Action” by Sharon Wylie

Chalice Lighting:- Searching for Justice and Hope” by Summer Albayati

Closing Words:-To come

Water Communion

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Speaker & Worship Leader:- Rachel Mackintosh

Water Communion 2024
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Rachel Mackintosh © 11 February 2024

Why do we repeat this ritual every year? It isn’t just to brag about our travels. When we share our water in the common bowl, it reminds us that while we are separate people, we are also part of an interdependent community.

You probably know about the water cycle.

We are in the middle of this cycle. When we drink about 2 litres of water every day, and then sweat or urinate, or die, we put water back into the water cycle. So water is constantly on the move.

Even if you didn’t study chemistry, you might well know that water is a molecule made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. This molecule being tiny, if you had 18 grams of water, or a little more than half an ounce, that would be about 6 x 10^23 [pronounced: “six times ten to the twenty-three”] molecules.

This would be 602 sextillion molecules. If you were a 10 year old child weighing 35 kilograms you would contain 20 litres of water or 20,000 grams or 602 septillion molecules. That child returns ten percent or two litres to the water cycle every day.

Because water is constantly cycling around, and because every human being has such large numbers of molecules of water cycling through them, there’s a very good chance that each one of us has at least a few molecules of water that were formerly in the bodies of Socrates, Sappho, Jesus, Mohammed and the Buddha, and any number of great and wise people who lived in the past as well as some of history’s villains.

Thus when we say that we are all interconnected, that statement is quite literally true — we are all interconnected through the water cycle, not only with each other, but with all living beings past and present. Jesus, Billie Holiday, Te Puea, Buddha, your grandmother, my grandmother, our first minister, William Jellie all might be literally be connected to you through water.

I now invite you each to bring your water – and if you didn’t bring it, please feel free to use the virtual and also real water here in this pitcher, that can stand in for the water you are connected to. Those at home, if you have water, pour it; and we will also pour water for you here.

Links

Chalice Lighting:- draws on Meditation for a Beautiful Day” by Sara Campbell

Reading:-  Stebbin’s Gulch” by Mary Oliver

Prayer:- draws on Ingathering Prayer” by Eric Cherry

Extinguishing the Chalice:- words by Rev. Kok-Heong McNaughton

Closing Words:- All Rivers Run to the Sea” by Kayle Rice

The Threats to Our Community

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Speaker & Worship Leader:- John DiLeo

The Threats to Our Community
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At the end of October, I travelled to Washington, DC, to present training at and attend the OWASP Global AppSec Conference. On the Sunday before the conference, I had the opportunity to attend the first ThreatModCon, a one-day mini-conference focused on threat modelling.

At that event, I was privileged to hear a presentation by Avi Douglen. Avi is a leader of the OWASP Israel Chapter, and a member of OWASP’s Global Board. He’s a security consultant and threat modelling practitioner, and is one of the signatories of the Threat Modeling Manifesto, created and published in 2020.

Avi’s presentation is titled “The Threats to Our Community,” and I’m going to share with you much of the content from that talk.

As I listened that day, it became clear to me that the threats he spelled out – and the countermeasures he recommended – would apply to any community that relies on mutual trust and respect to function. Communities like ours. So, I asked for a copy of his slide deck, to use in a future talk at my church – he was surprised by the request, but agreed immediately.

In October, Avi spoke for an hour – I’m going to try to do his ideas justice in less than 20 minutes. We’ll see how that goes.

Before I begin, I need to provide a general content warning. While I won’t be going into details of any, I will be naming many abusive behaviours. If this could be triggering for you, I welcome you to remove yourself from this space to protect your well-being.

(John talked impromptu to the slideshow, so no script this week, the slideshow is available in this PDF).


Meditation / Conversation starter

  • Taking into account all aspects of our life together, what can we do to identify and respond to threats to this community’s well-being?

Links

Welcome includes:- As We Proclaim Worth” by Dan Lambert

Opening words:- Being Sanctuary by Jo VonRue and Linette Lowe

Chalice Lighting:- We Come Together without Creed” by Maureen Killoran

Closing Words:- Be About the Work” by Andrea Hawkins-Kamper

Jesus as Son of Man

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Speaker:- Paul Tonson
Worship Leader:- Ted Zorn

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Paul Tonson © 28 January 2024

We are resuming a focus on the figure and teaching of Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. as presented in scripture, without attending to historical questions.

Paul’s method has been to elaborate the names given to Jesus, firstly Lord, Rabbi and Master reflecting his regard as a wise and charismatic man among his fellows. Secondly, we considered the names Messiah and Son of God that have taken on a particular and unique construction but even in the NT demonstrate more universal meanings. Today we come to the name Jesus apparently frequently used for himself: Son of Man.

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Bending the arc of the universe

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Speaker & Worship Leader:- Rachel Mackintosh

Bending the arc of the universe
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Rachel Mackintosh © 14 January 2024

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

“Through the Looking Glass”, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

We know, because of science, the enlightenment, telescopes, that compared with us, the universe is big. We may have seen that meme that shows two photos of the Milky Way, one taken before, and one taken after we have made a mistake: clue, it’s the same photo.

My musing today has as its starting point, not Alice, actually, but the quote: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

My sermon topic “Bending the arc of the universe” has taken liberties with the quote already, and may seem arrogant – how could we bend the arc of the universe? – but I am aiming rather for audacious. As Paul said when I sent him my title, “May as well aim big.”

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Circle-group Style Service

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Worship Leaders:- 
Tess Brothersen & Shirin Caldwell

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Circle Groups are a unique ministry – not a therapy group, a study group, or a discussion group.  Members practice “deep listening” together without critique, response, or cross-talk.

Circle Groups (or Covenant Groups) are a great way for new and old members of the congregation to get to know each other at a deeper level. 

Today we split into 2 separate Circle Group sessions:-

In church with Shirin Caldwell who started our first Circle Group over 15 years ago,

An on-line session using Zoom with Tess Brothersen.

Reflections and Resolutions

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Speaker & Worship Leader:- Alix Geard

Reflections and resolutions
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Alix Geard © 31 December 2023

Good morning, community of Auckland Unitarians. Kia ora koutou! As we gather on this last Sunday of the year, New Year’s Eve, we find ourselves between times, standing on the bridge that connects the past and the future. Today, our theme is “Reflections and Resolutions” – a time to look back at the footprints we’ve left on the path of the past year and to gaze forward with hope and intention into the uncharted territory of the coming year.

There are cliches at this time of year. We might at well make use of them. Janus, the 2-headed god of doorways, transitions and January looks both back and forward.

I encourage us all to take some time to think, to feel, to breathe, to examine… and to gather ourselves together as we move into the new year.

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2023

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Proceeds from tonight’s collection will go to Rainbow Youth and to the NZ Food Network. The church’s Management Committee has approved matching dollar for dollar tonight’s koha. You can still contribute to this collection directly into our bank account No:- 02 0100 0024691 00, and put ‘Xmas 23‘ in the details. Please be generous.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 2023

Please join us for our special Unitarian Christmas Eve service from 8.00pm on Sunday 24 December. If you are in Auckland, come to 1a Ponsonby Rd in time to get a seat. If you are not, we welcome you to our live stream, https://youtube.com/live/VxWqQ777dSk?feature=share. Note this service will not be watchable via Zoom. Check your world clock to see what time it will be where you are. Please mark your diary and join us for a service of festivities, stories and music, with a shared light supper to follow. Our musicians will include Frank Chen on piano, Jaime Taylor on our stereophonic pipe organ, and — for our special music — Tess Brothersen on vocals.

 

Luke’s Christmas Story

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Speaker:- Jonathan Mason
Worship Leader:- Phebe Mason

Luke’s Christmas Story
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Jonathan Mason © 17 December 2023

Each year, as we celebrate Christmas, I have wondered what really happened in Bethlehem. The Nativity Scene is embedded in our seasonable culture. In our Unitarian hymn book, we have about 25 hymns that refer to Bethlehem, the Star, and the manger scene. So this year, with the request for sermons, I thought I would review the historical evidence for the Nativity before Christmas. Now the good news is that for events that occurred 2000 years ago, you can believe whatever you wish. And I’ll skip over the Immaculate Conception, which Unitarians and even many Christians don’t believe.

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