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Today's address, given on the 11th April, 2021 in our Adelaide Church is given by one of our oldest members, Dr Bob Brummitt. Bob takes us on a personal journey of significant historical events and discoveries - some of them shaped by early Unitarians such as Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804) - that led Bob - as an 11-year-old - to refuse to be confirmed, to reject traditional Church dogma, and to embrace Unitarianism. Listen on!

In his address today "The path is always bumpy  - never straight", John reminds us that May Day has just passed us by - unnoticed and uncelebrated here in South Australia as our - milder, shorter winter approaches. In contrast, the approach of Spring and Summer is celebrated widely by Europeans. Having endured a long, cold Northern Winter, they revel in the prospect of warmer, sunnier days ahead. John compares these seasonal highs and lows with the unique highs and lows of our own individual life journeys. John's address ends with Aaron's reading of a poem by Kahlil Gibran.
Listen on for John's valuable insights into such qualities as Resilience - in coping with the highs and lows of life's "bumpy road". Not to be missed!

In Flanders Fields

Today's service - held on Anzac Day, 25th April, 2021 - is conducted by Miranda Pallett, a member of our Unitarian Church in Adelaide who is leading her first service. She commences her address by recalling a visit she made to the "In Flanders Fields" Museum in the Belgian town of Ypres, reduced to ruins by the war. Miranda describes briefly the political events and historical alliances that led to the horrors of the First World War - ironically believed to be the "war to end all wars" - and juxtaposes them against our Seven Unitarian Principles that collectively point us to pathways of Peace. This is a memorable address by Miranda - not to be missed! Listen on.

Today, Jennie builds on an earlier address  - "The Tao of Pooh" - the title of a book by Benjamin Hoff, a western Taoist and the source of Jennie's inspiration today. Hoff's book was inspired by AA Milne's "Winnie the Pooh" - written in the 1920's - when Milne had returned from the trench warfare of WW1 suffering from what we would now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  - or PTSD. The story is an allegory used by Milne to explain his  - at times - errant, PTSD-induced behaviour to his son. The characters are different kinds of people or  - more particularly, different aspects of ourselves. Piglet is paranoia; Eeyore is depression. Tigger is impulsivity. Rabbit is perfection-caused aggression. Owl is memory-loss and Kanga represents over-protection. Jennie's point is that these characters are all child-friendly representations of PTSD but are also characteristics to be found within each and every one of us. Jennie follows with some of Hoff's Taoist wisdoms and uses AA Milne's song "Coddleston Pie" to explain why we so often ignore the reality of things as they are. Everything has its own place and function - even mud - even us! Listen on!

Today's address, given on the 11th April, 2021 in our Adelaide Church by our President, Jennie Dyster is all about Lying. Of the 10 Commandments, Jennie would describe the ninth - "Thou shalt not bear false witness" as the one that needed to be taken with the "largest grain of salt". It's the most common of our misdeeds, and an unavoidable part of human nature. We can all think of situations where to speak the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth would be a very poor strategy indeed. Listen on!

At our service today, Sunday, March 28th, John, with musical (guitar) accompaniment from Grant explores and celebrates the contribution of poetry and music to our spiritual well-being through poems selected from the works of William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and Dorothea McKellar. The guitar accompaniment begins with the melodies of two of our favourite Unitarian hymns that  - owing to Covid-19 restrictions  - needed to remain unsung. These were followed by music composed and played by Grant. Listen on!

Searching for Soul

On Sunday 21st March, Jennie - our President, took us on a very human journey in search of "Soul". She commenced it with a definition: "Soul-searching is an honest evaluation of your feelings and motives - e.g. when we take the time to meditate or to think about our purpose in life and what's important to us in our lives". As we all spend some time "soul searching", this is an insightful journey - not to be missed. Listen on!

The Ego and the Soul

Our service today, Sunday, 14th March 2021 was conducted by Kris Hanna from the Multi-Faith Association of South Australia. In his first address to our Unitarian community called "The Ego and the Soul", Kris recalls an inscription outside the Epworth Building in Adelaide: 
"I shall pass this way - but once. Any good that I can do - or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it - for I shall not pass this way again."
Today, Kris explores how the Self - Ego and Bombast - are so often impediments to our finding and treading a more compassionate and spiritual pathway in our lives. He begins his exploration with a reading from the (non-canonical) Book of Thomas in which many of the apocryphal sayings of Jesus are recorded. Listen on!

Today's service, held on Sunday, 28th February 2021 is led by Aaron Poeze, a member of our Adelaide church. In an address called "Artefacts of Truth - The Holy Grail", Aaron maintains that it is the journey undertaken with faith, courage, perseverence and conviction in search of our "Holy Grails" that is more significant in defining our lives than the ultimate and unlikely goal of achieving them. Listen on!

Today's service, held in our Adelaide Church on Sunday, 21st February 2021 is led by our vice-President, John Hall. It marks a milestone for our Unitarian community. David, one of our young members - in this, his first address, examines the Worth of communities, both Virtual (social media-based) and Real. David identifies with Gen "Z" or "Zoomers" - whose 'omnipotent being' - by his own admission - is more "Google" than God. He compares the sense of community and belonging to be found within communities - real and virtual.

Listen on for David's insights and perspectives that may not yet have occurred to those of us who are a generation-or-three removed from Gen Z! Communities of Worth - are compassionate ones!

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