4 June 2017 Appreciation

Sunday 4 June at 10:30 am

Location: Bookplate Cafe at the National Library

Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.    -Steve Brunkhorst

Facilitated by Jane Lambert

Adapted from a Small Group Ministry Session created by The Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, Oregon, April 2011

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7 May Truth

Sunday 7 May at 10:30 am

Location: Bookplate Cafe at the National Library

Facilitated by Paula Morelli

With thanks to Sydney Psychoanalyst Neville Symington

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1 April 2017 Expectations

Saturday 1 April at 10:30 am

Location: Bookplate Cafe at the National Library

Facilitated by Roger Hind

Adapted from a Small Group Ministry Session created by

Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull for Circle Ministry at First Parish UU Cohasset, MA

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Dear Friends of Faith and Conscience,

We’re writing with what we expect is the same urgent sense of concern you’re feeling about the results of the presidential election and what will follow. Based on the many conversations we’ve had with each other, people of our communities, our partners, and those most likely to face looming threats, we’ve concluded that in these extraordinary times we must be united in purpose to protect the values of our democracy and those vulnerable populations among us.

To that end we have undertaken an unprecedented degree of coordination between the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. There is a sense of urgency, and a need for vigilance. And there is clarity that we must act, not alone, but together. We need everyone—including you, your congregation, your friends, and your colleagues.

As a first step, we have prepared a Declaration of Conscience stating in the strongest possible terms our commitment in these troubling times. By signing the declaration, individuals and congregations will be affirming our core values and declaring our willingness to put them into action. Please read it and, with your signature, join us in standing on the side of love, protecting the most vulnerable among us, and defending core values that are under attack.

We will be vigilant of administration actions, policies and verbal assaults that undermine the principles of our declaration or disparage, threaten or attack innocent people. We will respond by speaking truth to power and mobilizing support for those who are under siege. To be successful, your support and that of your congregants will be critical.

This is not about partisan politics. It is a principled response to the potential targeting of people not for what they have done, but for who they are. It is a commitment to speak out and to act in support of basic human rights. We will keep you informed of the progress of this effort and of further opportunities to advance our cause together in the coming weeks and months.

We cannot predict what the future will bring, and we do not pretend to have all the answers, but we can and will be ready for the struggle ahead of us. If you feel the same, please join us. Join us in transforming faith into action, sign the Declaration of Conscience today, share it with your own networks and please encourage others to sign as well.

Thank you for your concern, vigilance, and willingness to act.


In Faith and Solidarity,

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Hon. Thomas Andrews, president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee


P.S. If you serve Unitarian Universalism as a minister of a congregation, we strongly encourage you to read the declarationduring this Sunday’s service and ask your attendees to sign it.


At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.

In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.

And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.

We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.

We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.

The time is now.

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18 October: This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein, in her book “This Changes Everything,” states the case for a mass global movement on climate change in unequivocal terms. She writes, “We know that if we continue on our current path of allowing emissions to rise year after year, climate change will change everything about our world…All we have to do is keep on denying how frightened we actually are. And then, bit by bit, we will have arrived at the place we most fear, the thing from which we have been averting our eyes…There are ways of preventing this…but the catch is that these also involve changing everything.” She ends her book with a question that we are all accountable for answering, “history knocked on your door, did you answer?”

A lot of important and new information that implies major shifts in our world often fosters the feeling of disempowerment and inaction. Climate change is just such an issue. We are familiar with the apocalyptic scenarios that so many readily imagine. But less common is an imagining of what we are working towards: a vision that positively motivates our thinking and practices.

Lets give ourselves the opportunity to sit with our creative imaginations and share with each other what we envision. We are all involved in some professional area or some avocation. Choose some aspect of your profession (or your sector) and imagine what that area would look like under conditions of sustainability? Lets take a few minutes each and narrate that for one another. What would be different about our own role? What would be the progress indicators? In what ways would a typical day look different? What would be the ideals and best practices that we would uphold as models of success in our profession? Feel free to “play” with all of those questions, some of them, or just one of them.

If Naomi is right, success entails an equalizing function: radically less consumption and industrialization in the developed world and a refocusing of those resources on the improvement of conditions in the under-developed world to a level of dignity, security and sustenance. “We are entering a crazy period of confrontation,” suggests John Foran in reviewing Naomi’s book, that will be rather tricky to negotiate, so we better be thinking about that too.”

Date: 18 October
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: For those wishing to attend, please contact Paula Morelli at Morelli16@bigpond.com for directions

The Canberra Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
We are people who seek the spiritual fellowship of others for celebration,
discussion and education. We look for friendship and mutual support, in a
community that does not claim to have all the answers.

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Sunday November 9: Wrap-Up Lunch Meeting

Several of us who have been closely involved with the group are moving
away from Canberra.   A meeting over lunch of those who are free to come
is planned for Sunday November 9.  Use the contact form to obtain details.

There is interest, still to be tested, in forming a new group with perhaps
different emphases.  Watch this space!

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Sun July 6: Meeting is Cancelled

Two of our regulars are not, for the time being, able to attend.
Numbers have then dropped off to a point where we have
decided to go into recess.  We plan to resume meetings once
we have renewed indications of interest, perhaps at the start
2015.  Do get in contact if you would like to be involved.

John Maindonald.

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