Sunday Talks

On Being a UU Sceptic

with John DiLeo

On Being a UU Sceptic
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John DiLeo © 17 January 2021

Today, I’m going to spend some time talking mostly about myself. These musings put me in mind of the Talking Heads song lyric: “And I think to myself / well…how did I get here?” Today, as I stand before you, I’m comfortable calling myself a UU Sceptic. Even just a couple of years ago, that wasn’t the case…

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The American Nightmare

with David Hines

The American Nightmare
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David Hines © 10th January 2021

No text this week.

Discussion / Meditation

  • What can we learn from the scary situation in the USA?
  • Can we share our fears and hopes with each other?

Links

The Remarkable Story Of The Christmas Truce

Which do you prefer – the Jewish Garden of Eden? Or the Christian One?

with David Hines

Which do you prefer – the Jewish Garden of Eden?
Or the Christian One?
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David Hines © 3rd January 2021

No text this week.

Discussion / Meditation

  • What was your reaction to Juliet Moses’ address?
  • Is racism a problem in New Zealand?
  • If so, what could we do about it?

Links

“Mi Chamocha/Miriam’s Song” (Song 7 of 16) from Shabbat Unplugged

The link to the Abrahamic Council discussion below is straight to Juliet Moses contribution shown in David’s talk, there is also follow up from her in response to a question starting from about 57:08.

Religious attitudes to Racism – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim views – Wellington Abrahamic Council – June 30th 2020

Let’s Celebrate
– Tune Vulpius 16th Century – Words © David Hines

Let’s celebrate how time began,
bursting to life in one huge bang,
the birthday of the whole shebang.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Beautiful Earth, with coat of green,
you’re the best planet we have seen.
Here we can breathe and dance and dream.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Running in Darwin’s relay race,
one creature dies; two take its place.
New species bloom in each free space.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

When I was born, one awesome day,
love welcomed me along the way,
fired me with hope and DNA.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Last night I heard a small voice say:
Creatures of Earth, come out and play.
Rise and enjoy this holiday.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

How do we want the world to see us as a community?

with John DiLeo

How do we want the world to see us as a community?
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John DiLeo © 27 December 2020

My musings today are, not surprisingly, about us.

Nina Khouri led our service a few weeks ago, mentioning that she, Derek Handley, and I have embarked on an inquiry regarding the “Future Church.” We have been asked to reflect on the current state of our community, and ponder the possibilities for what it could be in the future. It occurred to us – pretty much immediately – that this isn’t something we can go off and do on behalf of everyone else. Instead, we need to lead a guided introspection by the entire congregation.

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A Christmas Miracle: Why Unitarians still celebrate Christmas

with Rev. Clay Nelson

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Clay Nelson © 20 December 2020

On this last Sunday that I will be sharing my musings in 2020, I thought I would make it as Covid-free as possible. I decided to muse on why Unitarians still celebrate Christmas against all reason.

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