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2022 Service Auction

Begins Monday 28 November 2022

Live Auction on Saturday 3 December 4.00 – 6.00 PM

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Sunday Services

We have 2 ways you can attend our Sunday Service:-

Either:- In the church sanctuary. Services are now back ‘live’ from the church sanctuary, with remote participants joining via zoom, using the big screen and sound system.

Or:- via the Zoom link below, from the comfort of your own home!

Health and safety measures: We now have working air purifiers in the church, to help reduce the spread of any nasties. We will not be serving any food or drink after the service, and we request everyone in the church to wear a mask.


Next:- A rose by any other name is not a rose

Speaker & Worship Leader:- Rev. Clay Nelson

11:00AM Sunday 4th December
(22:00 UTC, Saturday 3rd December)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8949163748?pwd=eU4vaXhzRXZJNkd5c3JIVmliSm1pZz09

Meeting ID: 894 916 3748, Passcode: 12345.

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Zoom into a midweek (Wednesday 30th November) morning tea and chat, with whoever else turns up,

Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill

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The Peace and Social Justice Group of the Auckland Unitarian Church have made a submission to the New Zealand Parliament in support of the proposed Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill. Submissions closed 1st December 2022

This purpose of this omnibus bill is to improve compliance and enforcement legislation to deter employers from exploiting migrant works, and to deter employer non-compliance with immigration and employment law. The related offence and penalty regimes are amended to ensure mirror enforcement regimes for by both migrants and non-migrants. The bill also aligns the powers of the Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand, and supports greater collaboration between the two regulators to undertake compliance and enforcement activity.

For more information, please refer to:-
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_127261/worker-protection-migrant-and-other-employees-bill.

The Peace and Social Justice Group supported all aspects of the Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Enmployees) Bill, and recommended that the Bill be passed in its entirety, and that the Bill obtain Royal Assent as soon as possible.

2022 Service Auction

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Begins Monday 28 November 2022

Our church’s service auctions are the major fundraising events of the year.

This year bidding for most items will take place by email over 4 days (from Monday 28 November until Friday 2 December).

Follow this link to the catalogue of auction services and items, along with instructions on how to bid.

In addition to online bidding, we will be holding a LIVE auction at the Church on Saturday 3 December from 4.00 – 6.00 pm.

Live Auction on Saturday 3 December 4.00 – 6.00 PM

Please join us at the Church for a happy hour of drinks, nibbles and conversation starting at 4 pm on Saturday 3 December. The programme will include a live auction of items listed on the last page of the catalogue. Everyone is welcome – regardless of whether or not you place a bid.

As the evening will mark the first social event at the Church in ages, we hope you will come along to reconnect and support this important fundraiser.

The why, what and how of gratitude

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Speaker:- Dr. Rebecca Stafford

Worship Leader:- Rev. Sally Mabelle

The why, what and how of gratitude
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Dr. Rebecca Stafford © 27th November 2022

The link between gratitude and self-control

Dr Rebecca Stafford – https://rebecca-stafford.org

There’s a lot of talk of gratitude with thanksgiving and Christmas approaching. Gratitude is a good thing! There’s plenty of scientific and spiritual support for the benefits of gratitude.

However, I’m going to take a slightly unusual approach and talk about the relationship between gratitude and self-control.

Self-control is also timely, with New Year’s resolution around the corner. We’ll talk a little more about self-control before explaining how gratitude influences self-control.

But before we do that – a little thought exercise.

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The Rise — and Rise — of Hate Speech in an Online World

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Speaker:- Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley

Paul is co-director of the newly established National Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, He Whenua Taurikura. The centre was developed as a result of recommendations made by the Royal Commission of Inquiry following the 2019 mosque attacks in Christchurch.

Worship Leader: Ted Zorn

The Rise — and Rise — of Hate Speech in an Online World
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Paul Spoonley © 20th November 2022 Transcribed by https://otter.ai

Kia ora tatou katoa. Nga mihi nga mihi nui. Nga mihi ki a koe, Ted. Thanks for the introduction. And te whare e tu nei. Tena koe. I acknowledged the house in which we are standing or sitting. Ted has kindly mentioned the book, Histories of Hate. And so I have had a long connection in studying the far right. And so earlier this year, as Ted has indicated, the Prime Minister and Cabinet appointed me as a co-director of He Whenua Taurikura. He Whenua, land, Taurikura, peace, so land of peace. And what we’re tasked with doing is bringing together the best research and knowledge that we can to avoid ever having to encounter an event like the March 2019 again. We’re just getting underway. We had a hui here in Auckland two weeks ago, in which we brought together communities, government departments and experts and we looked at the research that is available, but also the gaps that exist. Coincidentally, this book, Histories of Hate, was written before this appointment. But Paul Morris, who some of you might know who’s involved with religious diversity initiatives in New Zealand and is a member of the Jewish community, he and I wrote the chapter on what’s happening in countries like New Zealand at the moment. And so I just want to share some thoughts of what we’re seeing.

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Art, Healing and Universalism

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with Lyn Farhi

Art, Healing and Universalism
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Lyn Farhi © 13th November 2022

Angeles Arrien, cultural anthropologist and author said, “The portal of healing and creativity always takes us into the realm of the spirit

Morena Everyone. I am Lynn Farhi. It is great to be here this morning. As some of you know I have a love of art and creativity in all its forms. Today for brevity’s sake I will just speak about Art and its therapeutic uses. I have used Art therapeutically for the last 14 years in hospice volunteer work and in school chaplaincy. And I thought in light of the Unitarian principle to search for truth and meaning, it may add a tool to some of your toolkits.

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Global warming: an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff?

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with David Hines

Global warming: an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff?
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David Hines © 6th November 2022

The image of an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is a common one in politics. Left-wing and right wing politicians both use it for different policies.

Left wing politicians use it to say: let’s not be tough on criminals, let’s spend money on fixing the social background that made them that way.

Right wing politicians use it to say: let’s not throw money at unemployed people; let’s spend it on getting people back into their jobs. The national party raised this in a speech last week.

I think, there is a place for both. Sometimes we need to look to the long term, and we call it a fence at the top of the cliff.

Sometimes we need compassion now and we want an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

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Whose holiday is it, anyway?

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with John DiLeo

Whose holiday is it, anyway?
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John DiLeo © 30th October 2022

When I signed up to lead today’s service, I figured it would be easy to come up with things to say. I mean, after all, there’s no shortage of writings and opinions around the Church’s appropriation and subjugation of non-Christian customs and occasions.

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Forging new pathways

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with Rachel Mackintosh

Forging new pathways
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Rachel Mackintosh © 23 October 2022

Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi

“Without foresight or vision the people will be lost.”

This past week a colleague of mine who lives in Taranaki mentioned the town of Patea, which he described as being “nothing since the freezing works closed”.

For 100 years from 1883, the local freezing works had been the heart of the Patea economy. In 1982, the works closed. That’s 40 years ago – 40 years of “nothing”.

The freezing works closed without a vision or a plan for what else could be at the heart of the local economy.

Forty years on, the damage from that lack of foresight can still be felt.

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