UPCOMING:

We are currently conducting all our activities on Zoom and we'd love you to join us.  Email us at melbuufellowship@gmail.com and we'll send you the Zoom link.

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Our next service will be held on Sunday 24th January 2021 via Zoom. It will be a group discussion based on our Sixth Principle "The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all." Please join us at 11.30 a.m.  Email us at melbuufellowship@gmail.com and we'll send you the Zoom link.

OUR PAST SERVICES

 

Sunday 17 January 2021 at 11. 30 via ZOOM.  Just in time before the Year of the Rat turns into the Year of the Ox! Lev Lafayette led us through a fascinating journey in his talk "The Year of the Rat: From Buddhist Pilgrimages to Extinction Events and Land-mine Detection Awards".

Sunday 20th December at 11.30 via ZOOM

Our Christmas service was held via Zoom on Sunday 20th December at 11.30 a.m.  If you like Christmas without the heavy-handed theology, you might have enjoyed our Christmas service with beautiful music, readings and songs that celebrate humanity.  Keep us in mind for next Christmas!

Sunday 13 December at 11.30 via ZOOM

FIRST SUNDAY MEDITATION (held on the Second Sunday this time)

Ralph led us in a meditation on the Four Candles of Advent.

 

Sunday 6 December at 11.30 via ZOOM

SECOND SUNDAY DISCUSSION (held on the first Sunday this time!)

During our discussion this week, we explored the 3rd of our Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism: "Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations"

Sunday 29 November via ZOOM at 1.00 p.m. Melbourne time

Australian and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association service, where we join with UU congregations throughout Australia and New Zealand, was held at various times across NZ and Australia. The theme was 'Things With Protecting' led by Daniel Jantos, from Spirit of Life in Sydney.

Sunday 22 November at 11.30 via ZOOM

FOURTH SUNDAY SHARING SESSION

In what feels like the longest year ever, we shared videos, poetry, prose and  music related to the theme of 'Summer'.

Sunday 15 November 2020 at 11.30 a.m. via Zoom

Our regular UU service is held on the Third Sunday of each month. Our service in November was based on Naomi Klein's 2020 Ware address to the Virtual General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Titled "Why We're Ready for Radical Change", it explored  our readiness to change our attitudes to climate change in the wake of the current COVID pandemic.

Sunday 8 November at 11.30 via ZOOM

SECOND SUNDAY DISCUSSION GROUP

As Unitarian-Universalists, we affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. The first of these is "the inherent worth and dignity of every person", and this theme was explored in our discussion.

Sunday 1 November at 11.30 via ZOOM

FIRST SUNDAY MEDITATION

'A Loving Kindness Meditation for the USA' was led by Rev Ralph Catts as America heads into its elections.

Sunday 25 October at 11.30 via Zoom

DISCUSSION: 8th Principle?

Last month we began discussing an Eighth Principle that some Unitarian Universalist groups have adopted: “journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."

In our Discussion Group this week, we looked more closely at the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and continued our reflection on our response to the Eighth Principle in an Australian context, and for our fellowship.

Sunday 18 October at 11.30 via ZOOM

- REFLECTIONS ON STOIC PHILOSOPHY - 3RD SUNDAY SERVICE

Rev. Ralph Catts led our Third Sunday service, on the theme of "Reflections upon Stoic Philosophy – an antecedent of Unitarianism?"

The readings were from Marcus Aurelius:   Book IV Number 33 and Book VII. 9

 

 

Sunday 11 October at 11.30 via ZOOM

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS

As Unitarian-Universalists we often feel conflicted about the words we use to describe our own spiritual practice together. How do we respond to words like 'worship' or 'prayer'? Do we attend a 'service', a 'session' or a 'meeting'? Do we sing 'hymns' or 'songs'?  And while we're thinking about words, we're going to look at our constitution, and changes in the words in preparation for our AGM.

Sunday 4th October at 11.30 via ZOOM

MEDITATION

On the first Sunday of the month, we hold a meditation over Zoom, led by Rev. Ralph Catts.  Our meditation on this Sunday was a visualisation of a retreat in an old Unitarian chapel in the English countryside.

Sunday 27th September at 11.30 via ZOOM

Our fellowship affirms the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, but now many congregations are adopting an eighth principle of “journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

In our discussion we discussed this Eighth Principle in an Australian context. We had as background reading some information about the formation of the Eighth Principle, and we read Marcia Langton's Thea Astley lecture "Why the Black Lives Matter protests must continue"

Sunday 20 September 2020 at 11.30 via ZOOM

OPENING UP - 3RD SUNDAY SERVICE

It's Spring here in Melbourne - and hopefully, we're opening up after a long winter of lockdown. Claire led our service on these themes, which had some beautiful readings, stunning images and a thought-provoking presentation..

Sunday 13 September 2020 at 11.30 via ZOOM

SHARING SERVICE

We shared poetry and music (via video) on the theme of 'love'. It was striking how many variations of 'love' we found.  Love as a transforming experience, the love of friends, love between father and son, and the sheer exuberance of falling in love.

 

Sunday 6 September 2020 at 11.30 via ZOOM

MEDITATION

It's First Sunday Meditation Day. Ralph led us in a visualization meditation.

Sunday 23 August 2020 at 1.00 p.m. via ZOOM

First Unitarian Universalist Melbourne fellowship is part of the Australian and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association (ANZUUA). This year we participated in a joint New Zealand-Australia service on ZOOM, followed by discussion. This is a first!

 

 

Sunday 16 August 2020 at 2.00 p.m. via ZOOM

THE 7TH PRINCIPLE

Our regular Third Sunday Service for August will look at the 7th principle shared by Unitarian Universalists: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Connie led the service which teased out the concept of the  'web of all existence', from animals through to the cosmos!

Sunday  2nd August 2020 at 11.30 a.m.

MEDITATION TECHNIQUES

We've changed our time! During the coronavirus shutdown, we have been having a meditation session on the first Sunday of each month, via Zoom.  On Sunday 2 August, Rev Ralph Catts will led us through a discussion and practice of various meditation techniques, and some of us shared the spiritual practices that we've been trying to embed into our lives.

Saturday 1 August 2020 at 5.00 p.m. via ZOOM

We joined with the Asia Pacific UU gathering for the Great Show and Tell: Pets, Plants, Plumes - How I Felt Safe. In this ZOOM meeting, attended by Unitarian Universalists from a range of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, we introduced our pets and talked about our responses to the shutdowns imposed to differing extents across our countries.

Sunday 19 July 2020 at 2.00 p.m. via ZOOM

"WHAT HELEN KELLER SAW"

Our theme for our July service was "What Helen Keller Saw", led by Janine. Nearly everyone remembers the scene of Helen Keller standing by the water pump with her teacher Anne Sullivan, but what happened next? Helen Keller was a philanthropist, writer, socialist and activist who was very attuned to the spiritual life through Swedenborgianism. Over the length of her long life, she travelled the world, promoting the need for services for the blind, and also as a way of testifying to her spiritual beliefs. We read extracts from her writing, and watched some videos of her speaking and communicating. While we do not share her belief in Swedenborgianism, her long life integrating activism and spirituality has much to teach us.

Sunday 5 July 10.30 a.m. via ZOOM

LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION

On the First Sunday of each month, we have been holding an online meditation service.

For our First Sunday Meditation in July, Ralph will led us in a Loving Kindness Meditation.

Sunday 21 June 2020 at 2.00 p.m. via Zoom

EMERGENCE

To celebrate the winter solstice, the theme for our June meeting was "Emergence". Connie led the service, which spoke of the solstice as a tipping point, and she then went on to consider the recent Black Lives Matter protests in America, and whether -perhaps - we are at a tipping point. During the service, we listened to the beautiful poem "Waiting for Now" by Mandie MGlynn

Sunday 7 June 2020 10.30 a.m. via Zoom

SOUND MEDITATION

 This Sunday we were led in a Sound Meditation by Rev. Ralph Catts.

During the meditation we were invited to listen to a 6 minute meditation chant twice, using the music in this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1fR4SV55qg

​Sunday 31 May 2020 10.30 a.m. via Zoom

THRESHOLDS

As our government starts lifting restrictions, we considered the idea of 'Thresholds'. Some of us cannot wait to cross the threshold back into a more normal life, while others of us feel apprehension about going back into the world again. In our service, we listened to the music of Sara Bareilles and Holly Near, we read 'Open Up the Doors' by Lindasusan Ulrich and we heard the talk given by Rev. Suzelle Lynch on May 10 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Church West, Brookfield Wisconsin, "Standing on the Threshold"

Sunday 17 May 2020 2.00 p.m. via Zoom

NURTURING SPIRITUALITY
Last Sunday was Mothers' Day in Australia and hence a time to focus on nurture.
There are at least six dimensions to human experience, namely physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, together with location and time (or stage of life). Some people choose to deny the spiritual as a dimension, and prefer to think of life only in terms of what they can address in a physical sense. However, as Bertrand Russell observed, life is enriched when one acknowledges the mystical or spiritual domain as part of human experience.

In our hour of worship on Sunday, Ralph will evoke the idea that we have a spiritual journey open to each of us throughout life, and he will invite us to reflect on how we nurture our spiritual well-being

If you would like to join us, email us on firstuumelb@gmail.com and we'll give you details.

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