The Peace and Social Justice Group would like to draw your attention to the Arms Legislation Bill currently before parliament, and encourage you to either support the submissions of more specialist organisations or send in an individual submission.
The 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.
Rev. Clay Nelson is our minister. Some Sunday sermons are delivered by members and guest speakers.
In a sermon preached to the
Oxford Unitarian congregation, the Anglican bishop of Oxford, John
Pritchard, opens by quoting the writer Julian Barnes, “I don’t
believe in God but I miss him.” Barnes goes on to say: “God is
dead and without him human beings can get up off their knees and
assume their full height; and yet this height turns out to be quite
dwarfish. Religion used to offer consolation for the travails of
life, and reward at the end of it for the faithful. But above and
beyond these treats, it gave human life a sense of context, and
therefore seriousness… But was it true? No. Then why miss it?
Because it was a supreme fiction, and it is normal to feel bereft on
closing a great novel.”
I’m not sure why but I’m finding that with age I am spending more time in my long-term memory vault. The trade-off is I can’t remember why I went to the kitchen or where I left my keys. I think this is due in part because the memory vault is full to busting and almost anything my five senses encounter brings back a host of memories. For instance, I find colour to be a highly effective trigger for memories.
Institutional light green is one that brings back less than positive memories. It was the colour of choice in schools and hospitals, at least in America. Because we moved a lot when I was a kid, I associate it with the first day of attending a new school, which I always found intimidating.
I’m sorry to change my sermon topic at the last minute, but I just got a major shock last Tuesday to discover that the proportion of Christians in our country has crashed to 37%!! It was 48% at our last census, so that is a huge drop of 11 percentage points.
Many of my atheist friends are over the moon, but I think they’ve not read the figures right, because the proportion of atheists is only 0.15%, which also came as a shock to me. I am shocked, because it shows I didn’t really know my fellow-New Zealanders as well as I thought.