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The service on Sunday February 23rd, 2020 was conducted by Marcus Hamilton-Smythe - a member of the Adelaide congregation. Marcus examines the Creation Story in Genesis and expresses surprise that the mythology is taken as "literal truth" by highly educated people - notwithstanding several anomalies within the creation mythology. Marcus suggests that there is another reason why the Story of Creation in Genesis is included in the Bible and reveals its underlying purpose. He also maintains that the Jewish creation mythology in Genesis extends back even further to the Babylonians. Listen on!

Today's service was led by Jennie Dyster, our Unitarian Church President on February 16th, 2020. The address "Agriculture, Religion and the Environment" was presented by Dr Victor Squires, an Agriculturalist who is also a member of our congregation. Victor commenced with an old Native American saying: “We do not inherit the earth and all its resources from our forebears, we borrow it from our children”. Victor briefly examines environmental wisdoms from various traditional and major religions and contrasts these belief systems with the Judeo - Christian perspective in the Old Testament that viewed the world as unlimited in its capacity to be exploited. Victor challenges us to embrace an 11th Commandment that will ensure sustainable, global, environmental stewardship. Listen on!

Today's service and address was conducted by Jennie Dyster, our President and was recorded in the Unitarian Meeting House in Adelaide on Sunday, 9th February, 2020.

In her Address "Bare (or is it "Bear"?) Necessities", Jennie draws inspiration from several of Benjamin Hoff's books - especially "The Te of Piglet" and "Poo Way" for Buddhist wisdoms in managing human conflict. Other highlights of this service include some wonderful and spontaneous insights from one of our youngest members in response to today's "Story for All Ages". Our pianist, Margaret Lambert concludes today's service with a memorable performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's soulfully romantic "18th Variation on The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" (arr. Hermene W Eichhorn). Listen on!

Today's service and address was recorded in the Unitarian Meeting House in Adelaide on Sunday, 2nd February, 2020. This podcast records much of the service in its entirety and includes - for its historical value - a vivid, eye-witness account of two of our members helping as volunteers during the Kangaroo Island bushfires that recently burnt half the island.

In today's address, our member, Aaron Poeze spoke on the importance of us continuing to be a welcoming and inclusive church to our visitors and to our members. We also had some fun casting natural inhibitions and reserve aside to practise the gentle art of "open-handed welcoming" amongst ourselves.

Aaron flagged some of the challenges of "welcoming" - especially the national xenophobia to be found within this Island State of ours - as seen in our treatment of refugees. Aaron suggests how we - as a nation, might cast aside our national xenophobia to become "A Welcoming Australia". This address is not to be missed! Listen on!

This service - recorded on Australia Day, Sunday, 26th January, 2020 in the Unitarian Meeting House, Adelaide is conducted by our Minister, Rev. Rob MacPherson. It is our Annual Unitarian In-gathering, Water Communion and the Blessing of our Children's book-bags - held prior to their return to school at the end of the summer vacation. Because each element in this Unitarian "sacrament", is indispensable, it is recorded in its entirety. Against the backdrop of an unprecedentedly hot, dry and destructive Australian summer, Rob also reflects on that most precious commodity - water!

Mindfulness

Today's address is on Mindfulness. It was prepared by Jennie Opie who leads our members in the practice of "mindfulness" within our Unitarian services. In Jennie's absence, her address today is presented by John Hall.
"Do you ever struggle with negative thinking?" Jennie/John asks at the outset. Jennie, through John - then proceeds to offer some useful advice and "mindfulness" strategies to help us cope with negative thoughts whenever they occur. The problem comes not when we have negative thoughts (for we all have them) - but when we believe those negative thoughts to be true. Listen on!

This address - 11 days after Christmas - commences with readings of the familiar Christmas Story in St Matthew's Gospel written for Jews by St Matthew, a Jewish convert to a "blasphemous, breakaway Jewish sect calling themselves Christians" and the rather more succinct account of Jesus' arrival in St John's Gospel as "The Word made Flesh". There is also a brief account of "the Commercial Christmas" narrative that has insinuated itself into the spirit of Christmas, globally and terminally.
The use of the Jewish didactic convention of the Midrash in St Matthew's account - saw the creation of a narrative on a human scale that has stirred the imagination of Christian artists, musicians, writers and poets for over two millennia. However, today's address soon takes listeners away from the familiar mythology of the Nativity to focus instead on the Christmas Stars that prompted that Magi to commence their journey in search of stable, manger and Jesus. The serenity and turmoil to be found in Nature and the Cosmos beyond, provides insights into ourselves and the natural world and suggests new stories and understandings shaped by Science.

With reference to the South African film, "The Gods Must be Crazy", Jennie Dyster gives us some brief vignettes of various Gods throughout history and across cultures. Jennie explores whether the Gods really are crazy. Or does the fault lie in our own pre-conceived notions of God(s) or shared across religious institutions and communities?

Today's service commenced with a celebration of the gifts and talents of our Sunday Club children - presented by them in music, song, and verse as well as telling some Christmas jokes. This has been recorded here as a separate podcast. Enjoy!

What Gifts We Bring

Today's service commences with a celebration of the gifts and talents of our Sunday Club children - in music, song, verse as well as telling some Christmas jokes. This has been recorded as a separate podcast.

In today's Address, Rob reminds us of the people within our Church who have laboured to made it happen. With the festivities of Christmas well and truly upon us, Rob uses the symbolism of lighting "blue" candles, to remind us of people who are struggling with sadness and depression this Christmas and to "hold them in love and light". Rob reminds us of the "heritage gifts" of members past and the gifts - "emotional labour" not gift-wrapped in ribbons and bows, often unseen and unheralded - of people whose gifts sustain our church and the wider community, today.
And most evocatively of all, Rob reminds us of the unspoken pain and emotional labour of Mary in her special gift to humanity: in giving birth to her baby, Jesus and Jesus' gift of unconditional, self-giving Love. Listen on!

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