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BUUF

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 
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SUNDAY Services are at the Theosophical Society, 355 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, (Spring Hill) Queensland 4000

We meet together every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 10am as a fellowship of reasoning and spiritual individuals to nurture our spirit.

You are invited to arrive from 9.45 am for the service and join us afterwards for tea or coffee and a light lunch. Please check the Calendar below for full details.

Part of the meeting format includes an address followed by discussion. These discussions often continue into the lunch/social hour.

Children are welcome and if you provide sufficient advance notice we can generally arrange a childminder to come along so you can listen to the service undisturbed. The more notice we have the better. Our format for a children's program changes from time to time to align with the ages of children attending. We endeavour to be flexible and as accommodating as possible to the needs of all our children and youth. 

For BUUF members preparing a service,

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Typical meeting structure

  • Welcome and Opening Words
  • Words of Reconciliation
  • Music / Songs
  • Lighting of the Chalice
  • Reading
  • Address / Main presentation
  • Reflection on topic / discussion
  • Sharing of personal joys and concerns
  • Closing Music / Songs
  • Extinguishing the Chalice
  • Announcements

Calendar of Services & Celebrations


Note: 2017 Services

Services will resume on February 12th, 2017 at Brisbane Theosophical Society with our traditional Water Service.
Water that you collect or bring to represent a meaningful experience or place will be added to some from this year's service, acknowledging the continued life of the fellowship.

Nov 12 Transhumanism
OctoberTBA
Sept 24Sociocracy Paul Wildman
Sept  10TBA
Aug  27Coping with Difficult TimesLynn Kelly / Lisa
Aug  13TBA
July 23Guest Speaker - About Ahmadiyya MoslemsIbraheem Malik
July 9thAnnual Retreat - NO SERVICE IN BRISBANE Rob McPherson
June 25thPrayer is a 4 letter word - musings of a recovering ChristianElaine Weaver
June 11th Viral Kindness - podcast from SA Unitarians www.unitariansa.podbean.com part 2Led by Renee
May 28thViral Kindness - podcast from SA Unitarians www.unitariansa.podbean.com Led by Renee
May 14th Symphony of Peace  PrayersBabs O'Connor
April 23rd Guest speaker, Australian author Chris Dalton on Earth Day and  reimagining how we relate to the world around usChris Dalton
April 9th The Heart of Listening: Musings on Pastoral CareRenee Hills
March 12The gifts of International UU connections: Every person is a new door to a different worldRenee Hills
February 26th
A year without buying: a social experiment Elaine Weaver
February 12th Water Service - welcome back Renee Hills

2016

11th December at 10.30am Christmas service at 10.30am and end of year gathering ** Email for location in Coorparoo ** Lynne Kelly
27th November The Green of Life Itself: Interconnected Imperatives for Us and the Earth Renee Hills
13th Nobember Tolerance Adie Strickland
23rd October They go low, we go high Bob Hill
9th October Happliy Ageing Lynne Hurst
25th September Can we talk .. Lynn Kelly
11th September A Small Planet -  insight into far-flung relationships Mahesha Goleby
28 August Shared participation - contribute an inspiring story, verse, song or thought
14 August Covenants not Creeds Renee Hills
10 - 12 July Retreat at Springbrook Mountain, Sunday Service - Flower Communion
No service in Brisbane - you are welcome to join us at Springbrook.
Places also still available for the retreat  - last day to register Thursday  30/6/16
Friday night to Sunday midday accommodation and food  inc or part time options
Kim Banz  MD - Unitarian Universalist Ministerial intern
26 June at 9.30am Live streaming the Ware lecture from the UUA  General Assembly  Columbus Ohio
  ****  STARTING AT 9.30AM SHARP  ****
Kristina Tippett - author, Radio presenter, author, winner of  the USA National Humanities
medal in 2014 for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existance".
12 June Enter the Holy Fool Kim Banz  MD - Unitarian Universalist Ministerial intern
22 May Where Are You? Kim Banz  MD - Unitarian Universalist Ministerial intern
8 May Mothers Day Memories and Questions Rev Robert Hill, UU Minister
24 April Ode to Joy Renee Hills 
10 April From disconnection to connection Caroline Vincent
27 March Easter Sunday - Exile Kim Banz  MD - Unitarian Universalist Ministerial intern
13 March Women's Rights (International Womens' Day)   Group Participation by attendees  - service leader - Adi Strickland
28 Feb   Belonging Lynn Kelly
2016 - 1st Service 14th Feb Water Communion service    -  service leader Susannah Mason      Susannah plus attendee particpation                                                                                           

2015

13 December 15 Lynn Kelly End of year service followed by Christmas get together
22 November 15 Rob MacPherson What is church?", exploring the history, purpose, and dynamics of why people gather (as we do) for common 'worthship'
Rob is the minister for the Unitarian church of South Australia in Adelaide and we are pleased to welcome his visit to our fellowship
8 November 15 Bob Hill Working titles: Study, Ignorance, and Life - or - Results: the general, the personal, and the possible
(Bob Hill is the former District Executive of the South West District of the UUA, author of the Complete Guide to Small Group Ministry) and has recently completed his PhD at UQ School of Human Movement Studies looking at living healthier longer
25 October 15 Renee Hills Reflections on ANZUUA conference (Australia and NZ UU conference) - Inequality: Uncomfortable Conversations
11 October 15 Susannah Mason Our animal friends
27 Sept 15 James Hills Everything is Waiting For You
13 Sept 15 Lynn Kelly Differing Perspectives (4th UU principle: a free and responsible search for meaning)
23 August 15 Renee Hills TBA -  children welcome
9 August 15 NO SERVICE No service today
25 July 15 Rev Dr Stephen Furrer visiting from USA Revelation Is Not Sealed
12 July 15 Susannah Mason Perceptions of a new Unitarian
3 - 5 July 15 Annual retreat at Springbrook Friday night, Saturday and Sunday - visiting with us will be Derek McCullough, UU Minister from Christchurch  
28 June 15 John Maindonald (Wellington NZ) A Community of Belief, or A Community of Spirit
14 June 15 Adi Strickland Winter Solstice
24 May 15 Lynn Kelly At Home on the Earth
10 May 15 Renee Hills Compassion
26 April  15 Susannah Mason The Truth about Funerals - Eco-burials 
12 April `5 Gill Eastgate Anniversaries - reflections on how we celebrate anniversaries and what they mean to us
29 March 15 Celebration of BUUF 20 year anniversary Celebration of BUUF 20 year anniversary
22 March 15 Sophie Munns Homage to the Seed - Art, Seeds and Bio Cultural} Diversity 
8 March 15 Layle Ward, VP, Bris Sth  - facilitator Renee Hills Zonta
22 Feb 15 Carolyn Vincent, facilitator Renee Hills Authentic Meaningful  Conversation and its Potential to Transform the World
8 Feb 15 Lynn Kelly Water Communion Service - collaborative service - see http://brisbaneuu.org.au/UU_Traditions.html
January 2015
No services in January

2014

14 December Lynn Kelly "UU Traditions" - there will be Christmas celebrations afterwards at the TS Centre
26 November Noel Preston Journey from 1950's Methodist to Pan-en-theist
9 November TBA Nominate your talk!
26 October Helen Gilmour  Pagan Beliefs and History
12 October Wendy Eastwell Community development in Nepal
28 September Susannah Mason Peace
14 September Building Your Own Theology Janet Meininger and Robin Sickles
30th August Fund Raiser for Social Justice - bring your friends >> At award winning Annerley Community Bookstore 12/478 Ipswich Rd  - see no 14 of 17 Spectacular Bookshops In Australia To See Before You Die
24 August James Hills And no religion too ....
10 August Renee Hills Beyond Materialism: Towards a Deep Green Future
27 July Wendy Eastwell Caution: Books can change your life!
11-13 July Retreat Weekend  at Springbrook Retreat Weekend  at Springbrook
22 June Susannah Mason Susan B. Anthony- Unitarian + Women's Suffrage Trailblazer 
8 June Rev Stephen Warfield Lessons From the Finish Line 
25 May Mike McPhee Stranger than we can think - development of cosmological thought 
11 May Stephen Warfield Mothers and Mother Earth
27 April James Hills Towards Happiness
13 April Lynn Kelly Hospice and Palliative Care
30 March 5th Sunday - no service - fundraiser For social justice projects, details to be advised
23 March Rob MacPherson Rob MacPherson , Adelaide Unitarian Pastor, is visiting and will take the service
9 March Renee Hills Exploring International Womens Day
23 February Tony Hall The Shaker Experience in America
9 February First Sunday service for 2014 Water Service  - you are invited to bring some water that reminds you of a special time to the service 
23 January Book Club  - 12 steps to a compassionate life 7.15pm for a 7.30 start at the Annerley Community Bookshop, 478 Ipswich Road. All welcome, bring a friend!
Topic: Empathy and Mindfulness, Steps 4 and Step 5. You can easily catch you up if you haven't read the book thus far.
January Holidays - no Sunday meetings                                                                                                                        


ARCHIVE - 2013


22 December Xmas, Solstice At the home of Renee and James Hills

** BOOK CLUB ***  No bookclub meetings will be held in December - resuming on 23rd January 2014 7.15pm for a 7.30 start at the Annerley Community Bookshop, 478 Ipswich Road
All welcome, bring a friend!

8 December Renee Cosmology, we are all one, dignity and worth 

24 November Susannah Mason Hope

10 October TBA TBA

27 October Kathryn Young Speed bumps on the road of life

13 October TBA TBA

29 September 5th Sunday Social activity, fund raiser for social justice - building a womens dormitory for Filipina students - Lynn Hursts venue

22 September James Hills TBA

8 September Lynn Kelly Truthfulness

26 August Kathryn Young Brief gathering then off to Reef Rally or NAFA in The Park 

12 August Kathryn Crissman Think on these Things ...  Emotions are contagious!!!

28 July Narayan  Sacred Footprints 

21 July Retreat  BUUF Retreat weekend - contact us for details

14 July TBA NAIDIOC Week -  celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

30 June 5th sunday Activity canceled

23 June
Winter Solstice celebration

9 June Renee Hills  World Environment Day and the 7th UU Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

26 May David King Life and death

12 May Adi Mothers Day for all

28 April Renee Hills Self Esteem vs Self Compassion

14 April Lynn Kelly A free and responsible search for meaning

24 March Gill Chanting: the right brain of religion

10 March  Kathryn Young Loss and Grief

24 February  Rob MacPherson The Chalice

10 February Renee Welcome to 2013 with a traditional UU Water Communion Service

ARCHIVE - 2012


23 December Jed Perkins Christmas and Summer Solstice Celebration - *** please email info@brisbaneuu.org.au for service location ***

9 December Sussanah Cherish the Earth and its Creatures

25 November James and Renee Hills Forgiveness: The freedom to evolve (with thanks to Rob Macpherson from the Adelaide UU Church)

11 November Kevin Keefe Red Cross Humanitarian

28 October Carolyn Harrod TS Humanitarian Outreach

14 October James Hills Gratitude 

21 September Gill Service on Sacred Music

9 September Collaborative Meet at 10am at the Theosophical Centre where an art show is running. Morning tea/coffee available with proceeds from sales goiing to social justice programs (water wells in Kenya etc). After a time of art appreciation we will move to the park over the road for discussion and then a shared lunch at a venue to be decided.

26 August Renee The UU Chalice

12 August Bob Hill All that I learned

22 July Jodi Holloway Modern Ethics Issues

8 July Ray Compton Habitat for humanity

24 June Jody Holloway Winter solstice, earth awareness

10 June Maria Proctor Humanist society of Qld

27 May James Addressing Social Justice issues with the UU UNO

13 May Renee Mother's day reflection

22nd April
Helen Styles Project Micha social justice activities

9  April Chalice Circle Memorial gathering for Scott McKenzie to be held on Sunday 8th April at Brisbane Theosophical Society. This will be an opportunity for all to experience a Chalice Circle and  for those who knew Scott to acknowledge our appreciation for his presence and his contribution to our Fellowship; to reflect on what it means for us to be Unitarian Universalists.

25 March Jody Holloway Inspiring hope and positive change

11 March James and Renee Embracing our Communities, our World, our Identities - report on the International Council of Unitarian Universalists conference in the Philippines

Feb 22nd 2012 Glenys Fallon Practical Spirituality

Feb  12th 2012 Bruce Rigsby Aboriginal issues and spirituality

Jan 22nd 2012
Renee
Water Ceremony - see UU Traditions - Water Ceremony

ARCHIVE 2011


December 18
Rev Jed Perkins
Christmas service and social lunch  Location: James and Renee Hills home at Brookfield - email james@brisbaneuu.org.au for directions
Bring a plate of food to share and some drinks for an end of year social gathering afterwards

November 27
Guest speaker from Friends of the Earth
FOE - engaging at grass roots level for the environment, for peace and for social justice

November 13
Jodi
Positive psychology and compassion

October 22
Lynne
Friendship

October 8
Fay
Peace and Palestine

September 25
Jed                                                             
What is a religion, and is Unitarian Universalism a religion?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

September 11
Renee
Springtime reflections





Winter Themes 2011
June Winter Solstice, shortest day - 21 June, Fire festival, Healing ritual, Burning old troubles
July NAIDOC week celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia
August Hiroshima Day commemorates the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan on August 6, 1945. It is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. 

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
June 12th June Sunday Service The changing notions of community Tony Hall
  27th June Sunday Service Social Justice - the challenges of people identifying as LGBTI Rob
July 10th July Sunday Service Social Justice - Peace Work - How,When, Where and Why Annette Brownlie
  24th July Sunday Service Social Justice - the homeless and displaced people in our cities Adie
August 14th August Sunday Service Social Justice - Local initiatives and a KIVA update James
  28th Aug Sunday Service ** At Mercy Place, ANZUUA Conference** - service will be taken by Rev Peter Ferguson from the Perth Unitarian Rev Peter Ferguson
  27th - 29th ANZUUA Conf ANZUUA Conference - Brisbane James

 
2011 Archive

Summer Themes 2010 - 2011
December Celebrate Summer Solstice - longest day (the summer solstice) 21st December
January Holidays, family time, a time to include those who do not have family, are lonley, or far from friends
February Rain, breaking of the hot summer, coming together and sharing water from our travels, mingled with the past

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
December
05-Dec-10
Sunday Service Guest Speaker - Ram, co-ordinator of the Multi-Faith Centre in Brisbane Frances
 
19-Dec-10
Xmas (& Solstice) Celebration Service on Christmas traditions, festivals and Solstice - at James and Renee house; email for address Jody
January
02-Jan-11
No Service No Service this Sunday  
 
16-Jan-11
Sunday Service Water Ceremony - Coming together again bringing water to pool together - see information on the Water Ceremony at the page on UU Traditions  
 
30-Jan-11
Sunday Service 5th Sunday: activity to be advised  
February 6-Feb-11 Sunday Service Guest Speaker - Wendy Flannery, a Sister of Mercy from Believing Women for a Culture of Peace Frances
  20-Feb-11 Sunday Service Stories from BUUF’s Beginnings (celebrating anniversary of BUUF) - at the Theosophical Society, 355 Wickham Terrace Brisbane http://www.theosophyqld.org.au/brisb_lodge.htm Jai
 
Autumn Themes 2011
March AUTUMN EQUINOX: Mar 20th, first day of Autumn - the centre of the Sun's light crosses the Equator moving northward.
April Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Reflect on past six months, Insights on the life from the past stories, Gratitude.
On April 22nd, Earth Day explores what we can do to make a difference, by saving energy and reducing pollution, Gaia
May The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Autumn in the Northern hemisphere (on the 1st and 2nd of November) by people of Mexican heritage, where gatherings of family and friends remember friends and relatives who have died. Also Catholic All Saints  and All Souls Day. 

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
March 1-Mar-11 Sunday Service Guest Speaker - Tony Hall is speaking on Backyards -  building communities Frances
  15-Mar-11 Planning Planning activity at venue to be advised

 

  27-Mar-11 Sinday Service "A Sense of Place" - location is at the Theosophical Society - see Directions page Renee
April
03-Apr-11
Sunday Service Featuring a film on Uranium Frances
 
17-Apr-11
Sunday Service    
May
12-May-11
Sunday Service Visiting speaker  
 
26-May-11
Sunday Service Service by Gill  
 
30-May-11
Saturday Night Social Justice Activity Rob

2010 Archive

list of past services for 2010

Spring Themes 2101
September Spring - Renewal, Growth, New Ideas, Sowing Seeds for Future; Spring Equinox: September 22,  - the centre of the Sun's light crosses the Equator moving southward.
October 9 October Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement -a day of fasting commencing at sunset on the 10th and finishing at nightfall on the 11th - the most sacred date in the Jewish calendar.
November Air Theme - Storms, Clouds , Night sky, (and the Leonids Meteor Shower peaks around 18 November each year)

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
September
05-Sep-10
Sunday Service

Guest speaker from Friends of the Earth

 
 
19-Sep-10
Sunday Service Meeting in Toowoomba (park location tba) followed by Carnival of Flowers Kathryn
October
03-Oct-10
Sunday Service Art as Healing Krystyna
 
13-Oct-10
Sunday Service What is our creed? Jed Perkins
 
31-Oct-10
Sunday Service Workshop to develop mission statement - all welcome // bring plate of food // Venue: James and Renee home (email for address)  
November
07-Nov-09
Sunday Service Tolerance James
 
21-Nov-09
Sunday Service TBA  
Winter Themes 2010
June Winter Solstice, shortest day - 21 June, Fire festival, Healing ritual, Burning old troubles
July NAIDOC week celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia
August Hiroshima Day commemorates the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan on August 6, 1945. It is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. 

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
June 6th June 10   Giving and generosity - lessons from Kiva James
  20th June   Be the Change (you want to see in the world) James
July 4th July 10   Zen Budhism Stephen Furrer
  18th July   No service - BUUF Retreat next weekend  
30th July - 1st August RETREAT BUUF Retreat at Springbrook Mountain (Friday night to Sunday afternoon)  
August 1st August RETREAT see above  
  15th Aug 10   Tolerance Adie
  29th Aug 10 5th Sunday Workshop  
Autumn Themes 2010
March AUTUMN EQUINOX: Mar 20th, first day of Autumn - the centre of the Sun's light crosses the Equator moving northward.
April Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Reflect on past six months, Insights on the life from the past stories, Gratitude.
On April 22nd, Earth Day explores what we can do to make a difference, by saving energy and reducing pollution, Gaia
May The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Autumn in the Northern hemisphere (on the 1st and 2nd of November) by people of Mexican heritage, where gatherings of family and friends remember friends and relatives who have died. Also Catholic All Saints  and All Souls Day. 

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
March 7-Mar-10 Sunday Service Meditations on Love Lynne
  21-Mar-10 Sunday Service Loving Kindness

Kathryn & Jai; Music: Luke

April
04-Apr-09
Sunday Service Gratitude James
 
18-Apr-09
Sunday Service Why do Atheists go to church? Kathryn
May
02-May-09
Sunday Service   Kathryn
 
16-May-09
Sunday Service My journey from Goth to now Meg
 
29-May-09
Night Social event Social Justice Activity - raising funds to help in social justice activities through Kiva with microloans to entrepreneur across the globe especially in 3rd world countries Rob
 
Summer Themes 2009 - 2010
December Celebrate Summer Solstice - longest day (the summer solstice) 21st December
January Holidays, family time, a time to include those who do not have family, are lonley, or far from friends
February Rain, breaking of the hot summer, coming together and sharing water from our travels, mingled with the past
 
January
17-Jan-10
Sunday Service The Story of Stuff Kathryn, James
 
31-Jan-10
Sunday Service Calculating Carbon James
February 7-Feb-10 Water Ceremony Coming together again bringing water to pool together - see information on the Water Ceremony at the page on UU Traditions  
  21-Feb-10 Sunday Service On Love Lynne

 

2009 Archive

list of past services starting March 2009

Autumn 2009


Date
Event
Description
Presenter
March
01-Mar-09
Sunday Service Ethical Eating Kathryn C
 
15-Mar-09
Sunday Service On Thanksgiving Kathryn Y
 
28-Mar-09
All Heretics Day All Heretics Day - Saturday 1pm Panel
April
05-Apr-09
Sunday Service Earth Day - Guest Speaker, Donald Gibson Donald Gibson
 
19-Apr-09
Sunday Service Unitarianism - a three stranded rope: tolerance, rationalism and Christianity Jai
May
02-May-09
Sunday Service Death (topical, see May entry above about "Day of the Dead" remembrance) Adi
 
17-May-09
Sunday Service Counter child trafficing Aaron
 
31-May-09
5th Sunday Activity Roma Street Parkland self guided Art Walk, commencing 1.30pm at the Celebration Lawn entry plaza
(art walk number 4 )
 
Winter 2009

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
June
07-Jun-09
Sunday Service Nourishing Terrains and Australian Indigenous peoples connections to country James
 
20-Jun-09
Winter Solstice Celebrating Winter Solstice - NO SERVICE AT BBC as BBC is not available - Sat night 20th at Northey Street Farm
July
05-Jul-09
Sunday Service Recognising the Needs of Urban Aborigines (  Linking with Indiginous Culture - NAIDOC week 5-7 July) Frances
 
17-19-Jul
Retreat Retreat weekend - NO service at BBC - retreat at Springbrook from Friday night to Sunday afternoon  
August
02-Aug-08
Sunday Service Focus on Peace / Hiroshima Day Kathryn
 
16-Aug-09
Sunday Service Sunday service Kathryn
 
30-Aug-09
5th Sunday Muck in day helping James at Brookfield starting 10am - email james@brisbaneuu.org.au for details  
Spring 2009

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
September
06-Sep-09
Sunday Service Experiences in Personal Growth Rob
 
20-Sep-09
Sunday Service Peace comes with Justice Frances
October
04-Oct-09
Sunday Service Ten Rules for Being Human Kathryn
 
18-Oct-09
Sunday Service Guest speaker Karin Cheyne will show "Footprints Along Kurilpa" video (30 mins). Karin ran the project involving homeless people at Kurilpa Point involving oral history and video documentary. Kurilpa Point is on the Brisbane River South Bank - Kurilpa Park is next to the Gallery of Modern Art. Hosted by Wendy
November
01-Nov-09
Sunday Service A re-presentation the address given by Rev Peter Ferguson (ANZUUA President and Minister for the Perth UU congregation) at the recent ANZUUA General meeting in Sydney, on "The Sacred Heresies of Unitarianism against the Iron Bed of Christian Orthodoxy" Rob & James
 
15-Nov-09
Sunday Service Aspects of Healing: Viewpoints & Expressions Kathryn
 
29-Nov-09
5th Sunday Picnic at Southport meeting in park opposite Australia Fair  
         
Summer 2008 - 2009

Date
Event
Description
Presenter
December
06-Dec-09
Sunday Service Presentation by Rick on his spiritual journey Rick
 
20-Dec-09
Solstice Celebration The Spirit of Christmas service then Christmas Lunch / Party - venue is James & Renee house Adi
January
03-Jan-10
No Service No Service this Sunday  
 
17-Jan-10
Sunday Service The Story of Stuff Kathryn, James
 
31-Jan-10
Sunday Service Calculating Carbon James
February 7-Feb-10 Water Ceremony Coming together again bringing water to pool together - see information on the Water Ceremony at the page on UU Traditions  
  21-Feb-10 Sunday Service On Love Lynne