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

28 April 2019

Topic:  Guest Speakers talk about the culture & beliefs of Tibet

Coordinator: Shawn Comrie


12 May 2019

Topic: TBA

Coordinator: Sarah Alsen


26 May 2019

Topic: TBA

Coordinator: Ivan Baard


 Recent Services

14 April 2019

Topic: End of Life Beliefs

Coordinator: Websters


24 March 2019

Topic: The Pursuit of Happiness

Coordinator: Ginny Porter


10 March 2019

Topic:  Jared Diamond’s ‘Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed’

Coordinator: Carol Friedman


24 February 2019

Topic: Aging: Patterns, Challenges & Bright Spots

Coordinator: Andrea Engel


10 February 2019

Topic: Wolves, Dogs & Neanderthalers

Coordinator: David Raal


27 January 2019

Topic: The Virgin Mary and that extraordinary event in 1917, the Miracle of the sun

Coordinator: Victoria Pereira


9 December 2018

Topic: Reflections

Coordinator: Group


25 November 2018

Topic: "Guns, Germs and Steel”, a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years, by Jared Diamond

Coordinator: Irwin Friedman


11 November 2018

Topic:  The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the art of Possibility

Coordinator: Sarah Alsen


28 October 2018

Topic:  Shawn presents a monastic teaching given by a South African Zen monastic, Lawyer and Author.

Coordinator: Shawn Comrie


14 October 2018

Topic: Holy text and the Pillar of Salt

Coordinator: Ivan Baard



23 Sept 2018

Topic: Spring equinox reflections

Coordinator: Carol Friedman & group


9 Sept 2018

Topic: Interconnectedness and the Web of Life: Spiritual and Scientific Perspectives

Coordinator: Ginny Porter


26 August 2018

Topic: Guest speaker Prof Daymond:  Elizabeth Gaskell as Activist and Unitarian

Coordinator: Andrea Engel


12 August 2018

Topic: Book review relating to ‘The Ship of Theseus’

Coordinator: Mike & Caroline Webster


22 July 2018

Topic: Discussion based on Thomas Moore’s book: ‘Care of the Soul: A Guide to Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday life’

Coordinator: Judy Zingel


8 July 2018

Topic: General Romeo Dallaire  and PTSD: A brave general, copious honours and ceaseless  trauma. The Rwanda story.

Coordinator: David Raal


13 May 2018

Topic: Shirley presents on the interview with Harari at Davos

Coordinator: Carol & Shirley


22 April 2018

Topic: "Escaping from Hurricane Ivan and little miracles on the way" (!!)  or  'How far can you go before you fall off the Planet?!' – Guest Speaker Cay Hickson

Coordinator: Sarah Alsen


8 April 2018

Topic: Aspects of Buddhist philosophy & Practice (Part 2)

Coordinator: Shawn Comrie


25 March 2018

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

Coordinator: Ginny Porter



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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