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Templer Reflections

In 1980, a best-selling album titled Me Myself I by the British recording artist Joan Armatrading was released. As you see, the theme of this edition stems from that phrase, albeit with one significant change.

Me Myself suggests identity, a loaded word, even a cliché nowadays. Social media can be a hotbed of ‘identity politics’ where groups are tribal and hostile toward others. In this edition, we sidestep that thorny subject in favour of ‘selfhood’.

Arguably contentious to our theme is pronouns. New uses of gender-inclusive pronouns, which tackle an aspect of the fast-changing field of identity, are explained with clarity in a condensed Sydney Morning Herald article.

Ingrid worked on an essay addressing the evolving idea of selfhood, referencing western philosophy and Christian religion, whilst Jess looked at how choice can hold both consequence and reward when compiled with ‘me’ and ‘us’.

Major contributors to this issue are young people who agreed to their Confirmation experiences – from last year’s difficult lockdowns – being reprinted here. Their voices are considered and generous, reflecting on their spiritual learning derived during Confirmation lessons and how their future as Templers might unfold. Teaching Elder Renate Beilharz and her team nurtured these young people, guiding them and allowing them to explore their version of identity in their Confirmation journey. And we are grateful to Mark Herrmann and to Irene Bouzo for their insightful contributions.

Our Heritage Pages shed some light on how the return and restoration of the Sarona Bells required teamwork and brought community together. We hope reflection upon your inner self and how we connect as ‘us’ makes for rich reading

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Easter Sunday Service online

Easter Sunday Service 2021

Templer Services Online

Easter Sunday Service 2021

Anna Beilharz's Service, recorded 7th February 2021

Sydney Templer Christmas Service, recorded 20th December 2020

Adventsfeier 2020

Peter Uhlherr's Final Service, recorded 22nd November 2020

Christa Lingham's Service, recorded 8th November 2020

Mark Herrmann and Renate Beilharz's Service, recorded 25th October 2020

Irene Bouzo's Service, recorded 11th October 2020

Theo Richter's Service, recorded 27th September 2020

Ingrid Hoffmann's Service, recorded 6th September 2020

Mark Herrmann's Service, recorded 27th August 2020

Renate Beilharz's Service, recorded 9th August 2020

Herta Uhlherr's Song Service, recorded 26th July 2020

Annette Wagner Hesse's Service, recorded 12th July 2020

Theo Richter's Founding Day Service, recorded 28th June 2020

Ingrid Hoffmann's service on Hope and Optimism, recorded 14th June 2020

Jess Blackwell's Family Service, recorded 31st May 2020

Renate Weber's Mother's Day Service, recorded 10th May 2020

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Christine & Harald Ruff's Family Service, recorded 26th April 2020

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Harald Ruff's Good Friday Service, recorded 10th April 2020

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COVIDSafe Event Plan

This event plan outlines our requirements to conduct CovidSafe public events:

COVIDSafe Event Checklist

This relates to the following upcoming event:

  • Sommerfest, March 21, 2021