LIVE SERVICE - Sunday 11th November at 2100UTC

05 Nov 2012 16:15 - 05 Nov 2012 16:20 #79475 by Ben
Rev. Akkarin will be hosting the monthly live service in the chatroom on

Sunday 11th November 2012

at 2100UTC

(If you don't know what time that is in your timezone, there is a UTC clock at the top of the site, and you can also use the webpage linked to below to work it out, if I managed to set it up correctly!)

The service will include a live delivery of the weekly sermon.

Attendances at the monthly services have been a bit down recently but if you are not otherwise engaged I hope that you will consider attending and supporting Rev. Akkarin and the work that he has put into the service!
Last edit: 05 Nov 2012 16:20 by Ben.
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10 Nov 2012 17:30 #80036 by Ben

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11 Nov 2012 21:43 #80116 by Ben
Here is a transcript of the service for those who missed it...

(Please do not comment on the sermon here - it will be posted as an article as per usual, and you are welcome to comment on the article)

21:13:05 ‹Akkarin› Hello everyone. I welcome you to tonight’s live service. Today as I would imagine most here know is known as ‘Armistice Day’ which is also known as ‘Remembrance Day’, ‘Poppy Day’ and in America ‘Veterans Day’
21:13:23 ‹Akkarin› This is in remembrance of the 37 million casualties (including 16 million deaths) of both soldiers and civilians in World War 1
21:13:57 ‹Akkarin› The reasons behind World War 1 are many and varied. Europe is an old country with history going back thousands of years so it cannot be down to one single event that caused the war to begin. Of course there was the assassination of Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife but that was just the spark that began it all.
21:14:11 ‹Akkarin› The causes were many, that just pushed it all a little too far over the edge
21:14:24 ‹Akkarin› What happened afterwards of course is well known…
21:14:31 ‹Akkarin› The question I ask is: “Was it worth it?”
21:14:39 * maynoth joins TOTJO
21:14:40 ‹Akkarin› Was the war really worth it in the end? The lives of tens of millions of people were not only ended but irreparably ruined, in many cases, for the rest of their lives…
21:14:52 ‹Akkarin› Was it really worth it?
21:15:04 ‹Akkarin› I want today to send out a message of humility
21:15:13 ‹Akkarin› If those involved in the commencement of World War 1 had greater humility do you think this might have still happened?
21:15:24 ‹Akkarin› Of course the casualties were greater than what was normally had in part due to simple ignorance and stupidity in military tactics
21:15:37 ‹Akkarin› In the British comedy TV show “Blackadder Goes Forth”, Captain Blackadder was discussing battle plans with General Melchett. Blackadder said this: “Ah, would this brilliant plan involve us climbing out of our trenches and walking very slowly towards the enemy sir?”
21:15:54 ‹Akkarin› A plan General Melchett later described as “The last thing they will be suspecting.”
21:16:07 ‹Akkarin› But let’s think for a moment. Even if this dreadful stupidity didn’t take place was it still worth it?
21:16:17 ‹Akkarin› Our allies were under attack and so we had to help defend them. But did that justify it all?
21:16:30 ‹Akkarin› If we refused to help them then we would have betrayed them. Maybe there are long-term consequences of such actions? But who knows… what I do know is that through a various set of agreements and competitive stances over 37 million people suffered
21:16:45 ‹Akkarin› Sometimes we can get too caught up on what we think is important in our lives… and we can very often be wrong
21:16:57 ‹Akkarin› Sometimes I think, even if we have been certain beforehand, that we should reconsider our actions…
21:17:04 ‹Akkarin› Are we really acting with the best interests, of ourselves and those around us, in our hearts?
21:17:13 ‹Akkarin› I think that sometimes a little personal sacrifice can prevent a vast amount of damage…
21:17:22 ‹Akkarin› That might be in the form of letting go of our stubbornness, our arrogance, our self-righteousness and our self-importance…
21:17:33 ‹Akkarin› The world is bigger than us and we should learn to respect it before we act rashly. Our actions have effects and these affect more people than we could possibly know. Maybe if we stop thinking so highly of ourselves and our missions and instead step back and think we could save humanity and the universe a great deal of trouble…
21:17:49 ‹Akkarin› We are really, as Carl Sagan was known for thinking, on an unremarkable pale blue dot…
21:17:56 ‹Akkarin› Do not let others suffer from your own inflated ego…
21:18:02 ‹Akkarin› Act with humility…
21:18:09 ‹Akkarin› I would now like you all to watch the following video. This video reminds me of how great and wonderful our world really is and how we should remind ourselves that we really have no ultimate or grand superiority over anything as complex and wonderful as the universe
21:18:19 ‹Akkarin› I think we should all try to remember not only, what is very much, our own inferiority, but also a need for humility when faced with living in our world
21:18:29 ‹Akkarin› At the end of the video I will bid you all farewell and the service will be concluded
21:18:43 ‹Akkarin›
21:23:58 * ren quit
21:25:24 ‹maynoth› Can we chat now?
21:26:42 ‹V-Tog› Give it a few more minutes maynoth...wait for Akkarin to conclude the service
21:28:23 ‹Akkarin› I would prefer to pass on saying the creed and instead offer the time to you all to think over your own humility and how sometimes the best choice in a situation can be at personal sacrifice
21:28:34 ‹Akkarin› May The Force be with you all, Always
21:28:40 ‹SeanChing› And also with you.
21:28:44 ‹V-Tog› And also with you.
21:28:49 ‹Thiddex› and also with you
21:28:51 ‹toastie› And also with you.
21:28:51 ‹Adder› and also with you.
21:28:55 ‹Alexandre Orion› and also with you ..........
21:28:55 ‹Proteus› and also with you.
21:29:09 ‹maynoth› what they said

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12 Nov 2012 07:40 #80146 by ren
Sorry I couldn't stay...

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

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