ANZUUA Service – Connection and disconnection: the story of our lives

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A combined Australia and New Zealand UU Sunday service with a follow-on discussion by Zoom.

As we can’t have an ANZUUA combined physical gathering this year, this is an opportunity to connect with other UUs … All UUs in AsiaPacific or elsewhere regularly associated with us are welcome to join us for the service. It will be a chance to get to know each other and savour all the flavours of Unitarian Universalism in our region.

The service will be hosted by our minister, Clay Nelson, the President of ANZUUA. The service will include contributions from multiple Australia and NZ UU groups. Clay will give the talk.

with Rev. Clay Nelson

ANZUUA Service – Connection and disconnection: the story of our lives
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Clay Nelson © 23 August 2020

From the moment of our birth we are introduced to the distress of disconnection and the comfort of connection. We may not remember the cutting of the cord and the first time we were held to breast, but they were momentous. If our lives were a symphony, these were the overture. The motif of disconnection and connection has been embedded in who we are and repeated over and over again, albeit with many variations, ever since.

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Don’t blame the politicians; blame the people who voted for them

with David Hines

Don’t blame the politicians;
blame the people who voted for them
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David Hines © 23 August 2020

For my sermon I’d like to start off with Plato’s comment that democracy is NOT a perfect system of government, because it encourages people who are selfish and irresponsible, and politicians who have to bribe them to stay in power.

1. Be well informed; looking at all sides
2. Lobby our leaders with empathy
3. Show some respect for our politicians, including those you don’t like
4. Work for consensus
5. If they go low, we go high
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I can’t breathe

with Rev. Clay Nelson

I can’t breathe
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Clay Nelson © 16 August 2020

Years ago, in a very different world than this one, I had a poster in my office of a care-free panda happily munching bamboo. The caption on it read, “Who says worrying doesn’t help? Nothing I ever worried about ever happened.”

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Mixing spirituality and politics: A recipe for heartburn

with Rev. Clay Nelson

Mixing spirituality and politics: A recipe for heartburn
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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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