Community in the Time of Coronavirus

Video is one way to communicate through the growing discomfort, anxiety and confusion people feel from the “social distancing” of the COVIID-19 coronavirus on Australia and globally.

Services of Worship

Sunday Service, August 30, 2020: Led by John Hall

This Sunday, John Hall will lead our service in the Norwood Meeting House from 10:30 AM.As before, you will need to sign in on entering the Church. Please do not congregate in the foyer. Please also follow the wardens’ request for seating arrangements and maintain the 1.5 metre space both on either side and in front and back.  Household members may sit together, but please maintain the physical distancing from others.

The point has been made that microphones have the potential to harbour germs and so only the pulpit microphone will be in use, and that only by the person taking the service. We will not be serving coffee or tea, and will be reminding attendees to keep a 1.5 m distance while socializing after the service. For the time being, we will continue to send out these virtual notices, because some may need to avoid public gatherings for health reasons and because the COVID-Safe regulations may change over time.

Virtual Coffee Hour on FaceBook (chat with text): There is still a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, August 23, 2020: “The Same Again but Different”

Rev. Rob MacPherson will lead our service this Sunday service, entitled “The Same Again but Different” at the Norwood Meeting House from 10:30 AM.

As before, you will be asked to sign in on entering the Church. Please do not congregate in the foyer. Please also follow the wardens’ request for seating arrangements and maintain the 1.5 metre space both on either side and in front and back.  Household members may sit together, but please maintain the physical distancing from others. The point has been made that microphones have the potential to harbour germs and so only the pulpit microphone will be in use, and that only by the person taking the service.

We will not be serving coffee or tea, and will be reminding attendees to keep a 1.5 m distance while socializing after the service. For the time being, we will continue to send out these virtual notices, because some may need to avoid public gatherings for health reasons and because the COVID-Safe regulations may change over time.

Zoom coffee hour suspended: Due to having no participants in the Zoom Coffee Hour the past two weeks, we have decided not to hold one this Sunday. We would be likely to re-instate Zoom coffee hour if we are forced back into lockdown in the future. We welcome feedback on this.

FaceBook (chat with text): There is still a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, August 15, 2020: “Yearning for Utopia: Some strategies for building hope in an ailing world”

There will be a service in the Norwood Meeting House this Sunday at 10:30 AM, (unless new COVID-19 restrictions are imposed before then). John Eaton will lead the service on the topic of “Yearning for Utopia: Some strategies for building hope in an ailing world”. 

Note from President: Given the situation in Victoria and the potential for it to percolate across the border, we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the COVID-Safe guidelines. As before, you will be asked to sign in on entering the Church. Please do not congregate in the foyer. Please also follow the wardens’ request for seating arrangements and maintain the 1.5 metre space both on either side and in front and back.  Household members may sit together, but please maintain the physical distancing from others.

The point has been made that microphones have the potential to harbour germs and so only the pulpit microphone will be in use, and that only by the person taking the service.  We will not be serving coffee or tea, and will be reminding attendees to keep a 1.5 m distance while socializing after the service. For the time being, we will continue to send out these virtual notices, because some may need to avoid public gatherings for health reasons and because the COVID-Safe regulations may change over time.

  1. Zoom coffee hour suspended: Due to having no participants in the Zoom Coffee Hour the past two weeks, we have decided not to hold one this Sunday. We would be likely to reinstate Zoom coffee hour if we are forced back into lockdown in the future. We welcome feedback on this.
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is still a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, August 2, 2020: “Celebration and Friendship”

Itt was good to see so many last Sunday at our first “actual” service for several months and we hope that “actual”, as opposed to “virtual”, services can continue. This Sunday, there will be a service in the Norwood Meeting House from 10:30 AM (unless new COVID-19 restrictions are imposed before then). All are welcome and COVID-Safe procedures will be in place (up to 60 are allowed in the Meeting Hall).However given the situation in Victoria and the potential for it to percolate across the border we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the COVID-Safe guidelines.

Janet and Peter Whitham will lead the service on the topic of “The Golden Rule”, centred on an address written by Jennie Dyster. 

From this Sunday, we will be more rigorous in maintaining safe distancing, both with seating during the service and afterwards.  As before, you will be asked to sign in on entering.  Please also follow the wardens’ request for seating arrangements and maintain the 1.5 metre space both on either side and in front and back.  Household members may sit together but please maintain the physical distancing from others.

The point has been made that microphones have the potential to harbour germs and so only the pulpit microphone will be in use, and that only by the person taking the service.

For the time being, we will continue to send out these virtual notices, because some may need to avoid public gatherings for health reasons and because the COVID-Safe regulations may change over time. 

Coffee Hour: We will not be serving coffee or tea, and will be reminding attendees to keep a 1.5 m distance while socializing after the service.

Online coffee hour: Jennie will be hosting a Zoom meeting for those unable to attend church on Sunday, August 9, or for anyone who might like to give her feedback on today’s service. You will need to use your own devices. If you need a password to access the church wifi, you can get one from the office. 

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am on Sunday. You can click in through Facebook or click this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 811 5093 5616 and Password: 766714 or use this direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81150935616?pwd=dFEyUHFGbzhJRTQ4Z1dVZ3Y5Q1AyZz09
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, August 2, 2020: “Celebration and Friendship”

This Sunday, in-person services restart at the Norwood Meeting House!

Janet and Peter Whitham will lead a service on the topic of “Celebration and Friendship”. All are welcome and COVID-Safe procedures will be in place (up to 60 are allowed in the Meeting Hall). For the time being, we will continue to send out these virtual notices, because some may need to avoid public gatherings for health reasons and because the COVID-Safe regulations may change over time.

Coffee Hour: Coffee and tea will both be served at the servery as self-service is not allowed by our COVID-Safe Plan. There will be no biscuits or other shared food offered, so bring your own if desired.

Online coffee hour: For those who are unable to attend in person, we plan to set up a device with the Zoom Coffee Hour open in the Meeting House, so that you can meet up with others at home and/or at the Meeting House.

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am on Sunday. You can click in through Facebook or click this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 870 6045 9083 and Password: 636492 or use this direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87060459083?pwd=OU9INjFxT1pjV21oTEkrU0VlWENTUT09
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, July 26, 2020: “Into the Mystic”

For this Sunday, the Rev. Rob MacPherson has prepared a pre-recorded service, so you are free to access it any time after Saturday morning. Here is the link to this week’s worship, which will be available for viewing from 9.00 am Saturday, July 25 https://youtu.be/IL00hhGvLB8. It will also be posted on the church Facebook page from Saturday morning. The address is entitled: “Into the Mystic” and explores the overlap between religious experiences and mental health events.

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am on Sunday. You can click in through Facebook or click this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 277 274 7057 and Password: 347367 or use this direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2772747057?pwd=VkR1eDhraXFzdm8yKzQya2VuMVZwdz09
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, July 19, 2020: “All Joy Be Yours”

Christine Mason and Jennie Dyster will lead the Sunday Service from 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “All Joy Be Yours”. If you already have Zoom set up, click: https://zoom.us/join, and enter the following Meeting ID: 850 0085 4516 and Password: 900291 when prompted. Alternatively, click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85000854516?pwd=THo4Y2FzTVFCeVcxYnYyb0w3MVh0UT09

Jennie is using David Freesmith’s account, so don’t be surprised if you see his name while signing in. If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App.

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am on Sunday. You can click in through Facebook or click this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 839 1726 4281 and Password: 363126 or use this direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83917264281?pwd=YWFIMnk2ZGhuZjVGcklVN21rZXppUT09
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday Service, July 12, 2020: “Stepping Out”

Jennie Dyster will lead the Sunday Service from 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “Stepping Out ”. If you already have Zoom set up, click: https://zoom.us/join, and enter the following Meeting ID: 826 2524 6676 and Password: 338802 when prompted. Alternatively, click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82625246676?pwd=dlcwUVBxbGhSaW9HUmM4b0hHRURsZz09

Jennie is using David Freesmith’s account, so don’t be surprised if you see his name while signing in. If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App.Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

Sunday Service, July 5, 2020: “On Being Framed”

John Hall will lead this week’s Sunday service from 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “On Being Framed”. If you already have Zoom set up, click: https://zoom.us/join, and enter the following Meeting ID: 288 278 3906 and Password: 7GYVtK when prompted. Alternatively, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2882783906?pwd=TjVCcXo3bDBrZG1uMVArZ3E5QlZuQT09. If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App.

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. You can click in through Facebook or click this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/join and Enter Meeting ID: 812 2673 4898 and Password: 333673
  2.  FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday service notice for June 21, 2020: “Taint Necessarily So”

Jennifer Dyster will lead the service at 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “Taint Necessarily So”. It unpacks the idea of how mixing mythic with logical thinking, a trend since the ascent of reason in the West, has dumbed down thinking generally.

If you already have Zoom set up, click: https://zoom.us/join, and enter the following Meeting ID: 885 6081 4936 and Password: 738 385 if prompted. Jennie is using David Freesmith’s account, so don’t be surprised if you see his name while signing in. If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App. 

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. You can click in through Facebook or click this Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 822 0461 6299 and Password: 342039 
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday service notice for June 21, 2020: “For the anxious UU”

The Rev. Rob MacPherson has provided a pre-recorded service for this Sunday, which you can access when you like. The links are below and will also be posted on the church Facebook page. The address is entitled: “For the anxious UU”. It is available in two formats:

1)    An interactive slideshow, available now, which enables you to click links to hymns and music. This works best if you DOWNLOAD the file onto your computer or device. It is a LARGE file (800 mb) and so may take a few minutes: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AoHzLNBEqKn0gdMWGSy8pQSgaYNgEA?e=pfvFrz 

2)    A YouTube film which will be published and available from Saturday 8 am: https://youtu.be/n_3EDrPOdPM  This will play instantly but will not be interactive.

Sunday service notice for June 14, 2020: “Give Me That Old Time Religion”

Jennifer Dyster will lead the service at 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “Give Me That Old Time Religion”. 

If you already have Zoom set up, click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2772747057, and enter the following Meeting ID: 277 274 7057 and Password: 345618 if prompted. If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App. We advise logging into the Zoom meeting a few minutes early.

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. The Zoom link will be posted on the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour Facebook Group (see below) by Sunday morning. If you cannot find it there, please contact Jennie Dyster or Mary Chase.
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday service notice for June 7, 2020: “As You Set Out for Ithaca Hope the Voyage is a Long One”

John Hall will lead this Sunday service from 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “As You Set Out for Ithaca Hope the Voyage is a Long One”.

If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App. If you already have Zoom set up, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2882783906?pwd=TjVCcXo3bDBrZG1uMVArZ3E5QlZuQT09 or, enter the following Meeting ID: 288 278 3906 and Password: 7GYVtK  

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. To join the Zoom group, click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/81529836755?pwd=Sm5NcDlxbThmVFBXQk1CSWtZTTVCdz09
Meeting ID: 815 2983 6755 and Password: 045413FaceBook (chat with text):

There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday, May 31, 2020: “Spiritual Learnings from the Time of Plague, Part 2”

This Sunday, the Rev. Rob MacPherson will email service links to everyone, before the usual service time. It will also be posted on the church Facebook page. The service will be pre-recorded, so you are free to access it when you like. The address is entitled: “Spiritual Learnings from the Time of Plague, Part 2”. It will be available in two formats:

  1. Here is the link to the pre-recorded PowerPoint slideshow. Please DOWNLOAD the file onto your device for best playing results. This may take a couple of minutes. This is an interactive slideshow, with links for you to click to be taken to hymns and music: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AoHzLNBEqKn0gdMBpsjwnqX5crtbSg?e=nB3Xnz
  2. Here is the link to be taken to the YouTube film version of the same slideshow. This will play immediately on any device, but is not interactive: https://youtu.be/eLTbdBcRn3E.

You also have two options for creating and maintaining informal connections between our members after the Sunday Service:

Zoom (video meeting): Stacey Roy has organized a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom for 12noon – 12:30pm on Sunday. To join the Zoom group click here: https://zoom.us/join. If necessary, follow instructions to download Zoom. Join the group using the following Meeting ID: 886 4501 0463 and Password: 392996 or use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88645010463?pwd=SnRhNUUzLzhXRjUyRWZDcTlxNHh1dz09

Facebook: There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday, May 24, 2020: “Shared Readings”

Jennifer Dyster will lead the Sunday service from 10:30 AM using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “Shared readings”.

If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App. If you already have Zoom set up, enter the following Meeting ID: 839 9822 6489 and Password: 675528 or click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83998226489?pwd=S2JocUtyQUM1cUNuYXJrV1VmZmM5dz09

You have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom from 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. To join the Zoom group, click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87826229766?pwd=UmFTWDRyMVFaY3dYVURZU1ZHS3NQUT09 Meeting ID: 878 2622 9766 and Password: 975344FaceBook (chat with text):

There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday, May 17, 2020: “New Wisdoms to Secure our Futures”

John Eaton will lead the service this week, delivering an address entitled “New Wisdoms to Secure our Futures”, which follows on from his previous addresses, “Natural Wisdom” and “Ancient Wisdom”. The service will be available on the SA Unitarians Facebook page and as a Podcast at: https://unitariansa.podbean.com/

In this talk John argues that the current Covid-19 virus is nature’s way of controlling the “human pandemic”. “In searching for a way forward, I explore how new wisdoms found within the “toolbox” of our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles may guide us towards a future that is sustainable,” he explains. 

“We’ve been warned about this crisis for the last 70 years. EF Schumacher and Paul Ehrlich were strident in their warnings from the 1950s but were ignored – half a century ago. I was teaching kids about this issue in the sixties – early seventies. It’s still part of the Geography, Biology, Science and Environmental Studies Curricula.”

Some issues to discuss on Sunday:

  • Mea Culpa? You may disagree with the whole notion that we humans are to blame for Covid-19. Pandemics have always been around. Isn’t this is just one of them? “Ho hum!”
  • Whether we humans really have become a pandemic, effectively a victim of our own success as a species through over-population of the planet and the demands we’ve made on the planet through exponential population growth and exponentially-shrinking biodiversity as a consequence of our “success” and the technology that has made it all possible?
  • What are some achievable targets for us as individuals, as a Church community, as members of a wider community?
  • Do you think the destruction of our web of life will really lead to our own destruction – or do you think our technology will enable us to live – indefinitely – without the biodiversity “the web of life” that supports all living creatures.
  • And lastly – a warning! How would we approach/handle this topic with kids? Young kids? Our kids? (- to make them “gently?” aware of the challenges – without chucking the issue at them. It’s potentially threatening and scary stuff.

John also suggests that it may be wise for adults to watch his talk alone rather than share it with kids.”The global problem is huge but I argue that if we break the issue down into intrapersonal – interpersonal – local – community – national -global dimensions – we make it more achievable for ourselves and for others.” explained John. 

“There have been other pandemics – when our planet wasn’t considered overpopulated. However over-population and modern communications/travel will spread pandemics much faster and more widely than in the past. As Covid-19 has shown, we’re all suddenly in jeopardy. Our technology is starting to act against us.”

Sunday, May 10, 2020: “Turning Pause into Practice”

The Rev. Rob MacPherson will deliver this Sunday Service address, entitled: “Turning Pause into Practice”, in two formats, one as an interactive slideshow and the other as a YouTube film.

The interactive slideshow, which enables you to click links to hymns and music, works best if you download the file onto your computer or device. It is an 800-megabyte file, so may take a few minutes to download after you click the following link: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AoHzLNBEqKn0gdJIUmdQk8z5Fl7Mwg?e=JKMh8X. To access, the YouTube film – which will play instantly but will not allow interaction – click this link:  https://youtu.be/b5kT6xaxokE.

Sunday, May 3, 2020: “Natural Wisdom”

John Eaton will lead this week’s Sunday service, delivering an address entitled “Ancient Wisdoms”, which continues on from his April 19 address on “Natural Wisdom”. The service will be available on the SA Unitarians Facebook page and as a Podcast at: https://unitariansa.podbean.com/

You can also access the past two services (and more) at the above internet location, which is also accessible by searching for “podbean expanding horizons” on Google. You have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service: 

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom for 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. To join the Zoom group click here: https://zoom.us/join. If necessary, follow instructions to download Zoom. Join the group using the following Meeting ID: 838 3338 9800 and Password: 088799
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday, April 26, 2020: “A Baltimore Tale”

Jennifer Dyster will lead the Sunday Service from 10:30am on April 26 using the Zoom video conferencing service, delivering an address entitled “A Baltimore Tale”.

If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App. If you already have Zoom set up, enter the following Meeting ID: 751 470 8262 and Password: 026000 or click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7514708262. We advise logging into the Zoom meeting 10 minutes early, so that if you run into problems you can contact Jennie for help on: 0428 820 658.

Online coffee hour: You also have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Please join us for a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom for 11:30am to 12noon on Sunday. To join the Zoom group click here: https://zoom.us/join. If necessary, follow instructions to download Zoom. Join the group using the following Meeting ID: 823 9093 0857 and Password: 048237 or click on the link found on the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour Facebook page. 
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/ 

Climate Change Action: On May 15th there is going to be a nationwide climate strike led by school students. To support the strike see: https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/may15. At 10am on the day of the strike there will be multi faith nationwide online service. For details on how to attend see: https://www.arrcc.org.au/strike 

Sunday, April 19, 2020: “Natural Wisdom: Reflections While on Lock Down”

This week’s service – Natural Wisdom: Reflections While on Lock Down – is a podcast recorded by congregation member John Eaton. It went live online from Saturday evening, April 18, letting members listen in advance to this audio-only podcast on Expanding Horizons at https://unitariansa.podbean.com/e/natural-wisdoms/ or through your favourite podcatcher. The service is also available as a Power Point video presentation on Facebook at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/1630231720540793/posts/2686493674914587/

Sunday, April 12, 2020: “The Art of Losing”

Unitarian Church of SA President Jennifer Dyster will lead the 10:30 AM Church Service on April 12, using the Zoom video conferencing system, delivering an address entitled “The Art of Losing”. If you are new to Zoom, please sign up to Zoom beforehand. To sign up on a computer click here: https://zoom.us/join. If prompted, follow instructions to download Zoom. To use your phone, first download the free Zoom App.

If you already have Zoom set up, enter the following Meeting ID: 209 034 792 and Password: 002545 or click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/209034792?pwd=R1h6c0tUSUVONTJYTmZRem5CMFJPQT09

If you want to attend the online coffee hour after the service, you now have two options for meeting up with other members after the Sunday Service:

  1. Zoom (video meeting): Stacey Roy has organized a “virtual” coffee hour on Zoom for 11:30am to 12 noon on Sunday. To join the Zoom group click here: https://zoom.us/join. If necessary, follow instructions to download Zoom. Join the group using the following Meeting ID: 442 163 027 and Password: 351508 
  2. FaceBook (chat with text): There is also a closed Facebook group called SA Unitarians Coffee Hour. You DO need a Facebook account to participate in the Facebook group. To join the SA Unitarians Coffee Hour closed Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saunitarians/

Sunday, April 5, 2020: “The Kingdom to Come”

Special events

Saturday, April 18, 2020: An online Taizé service for Unitarians across Asia-Pacific

You are invited to take part in a great virtual worship experience on Saturday, April 18, being held by Unitarian Universalist Philippines Minister Tet Gallardo. Join the online Taizé service for poetry, verses and meditations from the “UUniverse” across the Pacific at 6.30pm Australian Central Standard Time (5pm in the Philippines) on Saturday, April 18. Please join five to 10 minutes beforehand so the service can start on time. 

Taizé is a style of Christian worship practised by the ecumenical Taizé community in France, characterised by the repetitive singing of simple harmonized tunes, often in various languages, interspersed with readings, prayers, and periods of silence. 

This UU Taize service is likely to include people from Australia, Singapore, India and, of course, the Philippines. Online access is via Zoom Meeting: To join, please click this link and enter the following details https://zoom.us/j/145200870?pwd=OC9yVk8xYSt2QnR2RnVnQkVZUjZ0dz09 

  • Meeting ID: 145 200 870
  • Password: 025959

If you have difficulties accessing the service with your computer, people in some countries have the option to dial in by telephone. You can find your local dial-in number – if it is available – by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/u/aurseM3Pf.

All participants will be muted when they call in, so if you want to speak, you must go off mute. A headset makes the experience easy and avoids any feedback when you speak.  There is a chat window you can ask questions in if you want, and this can be used while people are speaking.

Messages from our Minister

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In the following video, Reverend Rob MacPherson suggests some affirmations for isolation that can help turn the coronavirus enforced separation into an opportunity for personal transformation.  Click the video below to view. (Published March 26, 2020)

“What we are feeling is grief…”

In the following video, Reverend Rob MacPherson explains below that “what we are feeling is grief …and grief can be understood and dealt with.”  Click the video below to view. (Published March 24, 2020)