UU Update

NZ has now come down to Alert level 1 on the government Covid-19 response scheme, Auckland Unitarian church is now open again to outside groups and church groups.


We now hold 2 Sunday Services:-

  • A 10.00AM service in the building, for those who wish to meet face to face.
  • An 11.00AM service via Zoom, for those who for whatever reason – distance, safety, convenience – wish to attend.

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 – Monday – Saturday, has been suspended since we returned to the relative normality of Alert Level 1. In the unfortunate event that as a country we need to climb back up the levels to level 2 or higher it will return.


IMBOLC celebration — Dances of Universal Peace
Saturday 1 August, 7.30pm–9.00pm, at the church

Imbolc is the ancient Celtic holiday, marking the “quickening of the year”, the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. It is the time in Aotearoa where the new lambs are born, the daffodils are popping up, and the very first signs of Spring and the stirring of new life are seen in nature. The original word Imbolg means “in the belly”. All is pregnant and expectant — it is the season of renewal, of hidden potential, of earth awakening and life-force stirring.

Come join us for our sacred community circle of music, mantra, meditation, and magic! with Sally Mabelle and friends.

All welcome — koha gratefully received (an offering to Auckland Unitarians Peace and Social Justice committee).

Follow this link for 25 multicultural, sacred singalong song videos created by Sally Mabelle during our recent lockdown.


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

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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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