Sunday Talks

A Chrysalis Opens

with Rev. Clay Nelson

A Chrysalis Opens
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Clay Nelson © 21st June 2020

Christopher and Catherine are two of my Facebook and real friends. A number of years back I presided at their wedding. During our preparation time for the big day a bond formed that has continued to this day.

During the lockdown I came to look forward to their funny and entertaining posts about their bubble life. Then the posts became intriguing as they shared stories about Gavin, their pet caterpillar that lived on an indoor swan plant.

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Racism—a tree in the forest

with Rev. Clay Nelson

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Clay Nelson © 14th June 2020

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” It is a philosophical question raised first by philosopher George Berkeley in 1710. He offered no answer. In 1863 the question was raised again in the magazine The Chautauquan. Their answer was, “No. Sound is the sensation excited in the ear when the air or other medium is set in motion.” Their scientific view was supported by Scientific American in 1884, “Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centres. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.”

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How should we do church at Level 1?

with Rev. Clay Nelson

How should we do church at Level 1?
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No text this week, but questions raised and discusion started on how we implement level1 at AUC.

  • Level 1 requirements
    • Thorough clean
    • Hand sanitiser every where
    • QR Code
    • Download contact tracing app
  • Renters and small groups
  • Zoom congregation
    • Who would not attend an in-person worship?
    • How to include those not in Auckland and those who are vulnerable
      • Add a virtual service?
      • What times would be best if we went to two services?
  • Morning Tea
  • Zoom committee meetings

Breakout


Links

Spirit of Life by Carolyn McDade – sung by New York All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Choir.

Time For All Ages = The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
by Cynthia Levinson, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)

Opening Words:- theGrio’s Deputy Editor, Natasha Alford, breaks down the story behind the 100+ year old hymn and its meaning to US culture.
Read more here: http://thegrio.com/2017/10/07/why-we-…

Closing Words are We shall overcome By Jonalu Johnstone

Postlude: Lift every voice and sing #149 Singing the Living Tradition
– the “Black National Anthem” sung here by Committed

Pale, Stale and Male

with Rev. Clay Nelson

Pale, Stale and Male
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Clay Nelson © 31st May 2020

In deciding what to muse on this week I just needed to take a moment to reflect on what is happening around me. The first thing I noticed was the brouhaha surrounding Todd Muller’s first week as opposition leader. First there was the MAGA hat that he doggedly defended displaying in his office as just some political swag, a souvenir. He was apparently oblivious to its being a malevolent symbol promoting racism, nativism, xenophobia, anti-science, and gross misogyny as being okay at least to white supremacists. Muller might as well decorate his office with swastikas and Klan hoods.

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