I am a man

With Rachel Mackintosh

I am a man
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Rachel Mackintosh © 22 September 2019

When I was 17 I wrote a 500-word essay in English on this quote from King Lear: “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.”

Just to recap in case you have forgotten or never knew, King Lear was on a heath in a storm, having been thrown out by his daughters Goneril and Regan, even though he had given them half his kingdom each and was expecting to live with them in his old age. He had been proud, arrogant and pretty irritating. They had been venal and unloving.

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How can awareness of death enrich life?

With Rev. Jean McElhaney

How can awareness of death enrich life?
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Jean McElhaney © 15 September 2019

Therefore, because death stirs people
To seek answers to important spiritual questions,
It becomes the greatest servant of humanity
Rather than its most feared enemy.

Lord Krishna to Arjuna, in Bhagavad Gita

While we all “know” that death is inevitable, it usually a topic that we would prefer not to think about. When I posted on Neighbourly that I was seeking a co-facilitator to host Death Cafes with, people responded that discussing death seemed morbid and somehow sick.

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Finding beauty in a broken world

With Clay Nelson

Finding beauty in a broken world
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Opening words for this service, not included in the video above were ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen

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Clay Nelson © 8 September 2019

Borrowing a line from T S Eliot’s The Wasteland, Terry Tempest Williams opens her book, Finding beauty in a broken world,with this reflection:

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Seeking youth group builder/leader

Auckland Unitarians are looking for a leader to create and lead a youth group in our community.

Our vision is that in these times of high anxiety around climate change, increasing inequality and racial tensions, that our community is able to stand as a source of hope and spiritual inspiration and support. We believe that for young people in Auckland, there is a need for such a community

We would be able to provide a curriculum, or the youth leader could develop their own, as long as it was in line with Unitarian–Universalist principles. The group would be expected to meet in the church building in Ponsonby, on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

If you are interested, or know of anyone who might be suitable for this role, please email us at youthgroup@aucklandunitarian.org.nz