Durban Unitarian Congregation

Durban Unitarians often comment that they attend services because they 'enjoy them so much', not because they feel they 'ought to'.


Forthcoming Services

25 March 2018

Topic: God’s Constant Companionship: Brother Lawrence’s perspective

Coordinator: Ginny Porter


8 April 2018

Topic: TBA

Coordinator: Sarah Alsen


22 April 2018

Topic: TBA

Coordinator: Shawn


13 May 2018

Topic: Shirley presents on the interview with Harari at Davos

Coordinator: Carol & Shirley



 Recent Services

11 March 2018

Topic: Homo Deus – the questions we create to life’s answers

Coordinator: Shirley Bell


25 February 2018

Topic: German Refugees 2015, with reference to the book “Go, went, gone’ by Jenny Erpenbeck

Coordinator: Andrea Engel


11 February 2018

Topic: Vaccine Development: triumph & tragedy

Coordinator: David Raal


28 January 2018

Topic: More thoughts on Yuval Noah Harari’s book ‘Sapiens’. A discussion on the power of imagined realities.

Coordinator: Carol Friedman


10 December 2017

Topic: Reflections

Bring & Share


26 November 2017

Topic: The Good Life; a Unitarian Perspective

Coordinator:  Ivan Baard


12 November 2017

Topic: Anaximander of Miletus: Whence the Origin of Things?

Coordinator:  Irwin Friedman


22 October 2017

Topic: Part of a Series Introducing Western Buddhist Teachers & Teachings:  Example of A Buddhist Psychology Talk.

Coordinator:  Shawn Comrie


8 October 2017

Topic:  The Spiral Staircase – Karen Armstrong

Coordinator:  Sarah Alsen


24 September 2017

Topic: My spiritual Journey

Coordinator:  Ginny Porter


10 September 2017

Topic: The Charter for Compassion – Karen Armstrong

Coordinator:  Caroline Webster


27 August 2017

Topic: Guest speaker Maryanne Aitken

Coordinator:  Judy Zingel


13 August 2017

Topic: Transcendental Meditation

Coordinator:  David Raal



23 July 2017

Topic: Guest speaker Prof Daymond on Elizabeth Gaskell – British writer, social critic, Unitarian

Coordinator:  Andrea Engel


9 July 2017

Topic: Fields of Blood:  The History of Violence in Religion (Karen Armstrong)

Coordinator:  Carol Friedman


25 June 2017

Topic: Inter-species communication

Coordinator:  Mike Webster


11 June 2017

Topic: Homo Sapiens: The Tempestuous Journey

Coordinator:  David Raal


28 May 2017

Topic:  Sacred Spaces

Coordinator:  Ginny Porter


14 May 2017

Topic: On Being a Unitarian

Coordinator:  Ivan Baard


23 April 2017

Topic: How beliefs translate into a better society

Coordinator:  Websters


9 April 2017

Topic:  Mr Chris Elsworth, a Quaker, shares his thinking under the title of “WHO AM I? My thoughts on life, love and the universe”

Coordinator:  Sarah Alsen


26 March 2017

Topic:  Artist Dina Cormick: A question of balance – when all around is upside down

Coordinator:  Andrea Engel


12 March 2017

Topic:  The Paradox of Choice

Coordinator:  Judy Zingel


26 February 2017

Topic: Not in God’s name

Coordinator:  Irwin Friedman


12 February 2017

Topic:  The Road to Einstein’s E=mc sq equation

Coordinator:  David Raal


22 January 2017

Topic: Guest speaker presents “Multiplanetary Humanity: Ensuring the survival of human consciousness”?

Coordinator:  Carol Friedman


27 November 2016

Topic:  What If …?

Coordinator:  Ivan Baard


13 November 2016

Topic: Max Planck: The Constant Man

Coordinator: Irwin Friedman


23 October 2016

Topic: 17th Century New England. Pilgrims, The Puritans, Quakers, the Martyrdom of Mary Dyer and the Salem Witch Trials

Coordinator: Anne Raal


9 October 2016

Topic:  Does a belief in God (a god) make you healthier

Coordinator: Sarah Alsen


25 September 2016

Topic:  Good Country Index

Coordinator:  Mike Webster




The Durban Unitarian congregation holds relatively informal services on the second and fourth Sundays of every month.

Venue and Time

9.30 for 10.00am: Second and Fourth Sundays of every month

Venue: Frank Ferrar Hall, Palmiet Nature Reserve


Visitors of any faith or non-faith are very welcome to attend ALL services. 

For more information

For more information about Durban Unitarians or our services, telephone Ivan Baard 031 2621161 or e-mail ivanb@ionet.co.za


About Durban Unitarians and services

Our small congregation has no minister.  Members of the congregation take turns (on a volunteer basis) to lead the services.
Services include readings, music, presentations and stimulating discussions thereof and are followed by coffee and tea during which the subject of the next presentation is discussed.
Durban Unitarian services are living proof of a commitment to create a spiritual environment that encourages participants to think for themselves.

The lighting of candles

A feature of all our services is 'the lighting of candles' in which members of the congregation who choose to do so each light a candle.....

·         in memory of.....(example: a departed friend)

·         in the hope that.....(example: a cure for AIDs will be found)

·         to remind us that.....(example: there are many who cannot afford to celebrate Christmas)

·         in honour of .....

(example: a spiritual leader such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Hurley, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama)



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