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

26 Sept 2021

Topic:    Life and Work of Ingrid Jonker

Coordinator: Viv


10 October 2021

Topic:    TBA

Coordinator: Shawn


24 October 2021

Topic:    TBA

Coordinator: Sarah


14 November 2021

Topic:    TBA

Coordinator: Andrea


28 November 2021

Topic:    TBA

Coordinator: Judy


12 December 2021

Topic:    End of Year Reflections

Coordinator: All


Recent Services

12 Sept 2021

Topic:    Imagination Unbridled:

A Chemical Engineer Remembers

Coordinator: David



22 August 2021

Topic:    Unconscious bias in SA

Coordinator: Shirley


8 August 2021

Topic:    Conspiracy theories

Coordinator: Irwin


27 June 2021

Topic:    Variations on the theme of winter

Coordinator: Carol and others


13 June 2021

Topic:    Work at the children’s home:

Attachment theory

Coordinator: Judy


9 May 2021

Topic:    A Promised Land’

Coordinator: Andrea


25 April 2021

Topic:    Practising Sabbath Rest

Coordinator: Sarah Alsen


11 April 2021

Topic:    Buddhist teacher and psychologist, Tara

Brach, on Grief and Loss.

Coordinator: Shawn Comrie


28 March 2021

Topic:    The Ship of Theseus

Coordinator: Irwin Friedman


14 March 2021

Topic:    The Hero’s Journey

Coordinator: Irwin Friedman


28 February 2021

Topic:    Healing our Planet

Coordinator: Websters


14 February 2021

Topic:    American yesterday and today – the enigma

Coordinator: David Raal


See past services for 2020



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. 


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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