Climate Change Policy

Service (opening words, reading, closing words) to an address by Kelvin Thomson, Federal Member for Wills. October 31, 2010

Opening Words

September 11 and Religion

The Los Angeles Times has reported Obama's speech for 9-11, where he claims that it was the perversion of religion, rather religion itself that was the cause of terrorism. This is a challenging statement and whilst politically expedient, it certainly should be subject to scrutiny. After all, it is often in the name of religious justifications that some of the greatest secular crimes have occurred.

Strangers, Sojourners and Commonwealth

A Moment Wisdom From The Torah ...

Originally this address was going to be on the Australia's Future Tax System Review, more commonly known as the Henry Review, and in particular on the subject of the mining tax which has generated significant public debate. However as events have taken their own priority, as they often do, an opportunity has arisen to take a step back and look at the entire package within the context of public finance and draw a parallel with a wisdom found in first books of of the Christian Bible or the Jewish Torah.

Thoughts on a UU Seminary in Australia

A longer version of the above 'blog commentary that was published in the ANZUUA newsletter.

THOUGHTS ON A UU SEMINARY IN AUSTRALIA

By Lev Lafayette

Religious Loyalty

A surprise study published in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and reported by Scientific American suggests that the so-called Generation X group are more loyal to their religious background than the "Baby Boomers". By the same token the survey of some 37,000 Americans also noted that the number with no religious affiliation doubled in the 1990s and continues to increase.

Obama is a Muslim?

Pew has conducted a poll which reveals that 18% of U.S. residents believe that Barack Obama is Muslim, up from between 11% from March 2009 to August 2010, whilst the number who believe he is a Christian has declined from 48% to 34%, whereas the number who don't know his religion has increased from 34% to 43%.

A Progress Report on the Election

Service (opening words, reading, closing words) to an address by Kenneth Davidson, economics and public policy write for The Age, August 8, 2010

Opening Words

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.

John Maynard Keynes "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money"

Faith, Deeds and Salvation

Address of August 1st, 2010

Evil and Grace

The Evolution of the Human Spirit

Address to the Melbourne Unitarian Church, June 27, 2010

Development and Spirit

Origin of Esperanto

Service (opening words, reading, closing words) to an address by Jennifer Bishop, Director of Education Australian Esperanto Association, Melbourne Unitarian Church, June 13, 2010

Saluton. Bonan matenon, kaj bonvenon la Eklezion Unectarios Paca Memoro.

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