UU Update

Due to the news tonight (Tuesday 11th August) of Auckland returning to Covid Alert Level 3 at least until Friday we will be closing the church at least through to Sunday 16th August. We will have a Zoom service at 11:00 on Sunday 16th, but no service at 10.00. We will decide on future services as events unfold. It will be announced in the newsletter and on social media. Stay safe and stay home if you can.
Clay

Information for joining our 11.00AM Zoom Service:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8949163748?pwd=eU4vaXhzRXZJNkd5c3JIVmliSm1pZz09
Meeting ID: 894 916 3748
Password: 12345

The link contains the password and will take you straight in, use the shorter password if joining manually.

The Daily Virtual Morning Tea – has been restored, at least until and including Saturday 15th August, and will continue until we next return to Covid Alert Level 1. Nothing formal, just a chat for whoever turns up. Joining details as above.


Derek Handley is hosting Wiser Conversations, ‘Together at Home’ a series of virtual conversations designed to help us reflect and respond to our new surreality.
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/aera-foundation-wiser-conversations-30103429190
Conversations are free to attend but registration is required.

Mixing spirituality and politics: A recipe for heartburn

with Rev. Clay Nelson

Mixing spirituality and politics: A recipe for heartburn
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Clay Nelson © 9 August 2020

One of the challenges I have faced in both of the religious traditions I have served is when some criticise my sermons or talks or musings or whatever as too political and not spiritual enough. In my defence I try to explain my view that they are all spiritual. This generally only annoys them. It certainly doesn’t mollify them and I suffer heartburn. Perhaps if I could be less defensive it would help.

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Do I have to believe in the inherent worth and dignity of everyone?

with Rev. Clay Nelson

Do I have to believe in the inherent worth and dignity of everyone?
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Clay Nelson © 2 August 2020

I confess I’m having a crisis of faith. Our first UU principle affirms and promotes “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”. Reverence and respect for human nature is at the core of Unitarian Universalist faith. It is a noble thought, but my problem is the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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Outgrowing the past — a test of character

with Rev. Clay Nelson

Outgrowing the past — a test of character
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Clay Nelson © 26th July 2020

Considering the dust-up in Parliament over the bad behaviour of some of its ministers this week, resulting in demotions, firings, and the decision by some not to stand in the next election, it is perhaps not surprising that the story of the woman caught in adultery from the Gospel of John came to mind.

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Is hoping just another name for magical thinking?

with Rev. Clay Nelson

Is hoping just another name for magical thinking?
(Fire Engine by thejakesmith)
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Today’s service also included the latest Report from the Peace & Social Justice Group

Clay Nelson © 19th July 2020

It is difficult to deny that hope is hard to find in 2020 as the increasingly out-of-control pandemic keeps knocking at our door. For nearly all of us, inside or outside our unique bubble, life has become dire or at least more challenging and fearful. But while hope is in short supply, magical thinking seems to be having a banner year. On that basis alone, they are clearly not the same.

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