Spiritual Odysseys

  • July 12, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Bill Woolverton
  • The Sunday Services Committee is pleased to announce FUFON’s Spiritual Odysseys 2020 program. Bill will share his own special odyssey, exploring questions like:

    What is the path that led them to FUFON?
    How did they choose to become a Unitarian-Universalist?
    Do they have practices which assist them on their journey?
    How do they see themselves in relationship to the Cosmos?
    And any other questions that the presenter sees as informing their journey.

    There will also be time for Q&A. Join us and get to know some of your fellow FUFONers in a whole new way.

    To listen to this this talk, please click below:

Spiritual Odysseys

  • July 5, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson
  • The Sunday Services Committee is pleased to announce FUFON’s Spiritual Odysseys 2020 program. Leah will share her own special odyssey, exploring questions like:

    What is the path that led them to FUFON?
    How did they choose to become a Unitarian-Universalist?
    Do they have practices which assist them on their journey?
    How do they see themselves in relationship to the Cosmos?
    And any other questions that the presenter sees as informing their journey.

    There will also be time for Q&A. Join us online and get to know some of your fellow FUFONers in a whole new way.

Flower Communion: The Seeds of Creativity

  • June 21, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: the Sunday Services Committee
  • Online via Zoom

    The flower communion was initiated in Prague on June 4, 1923 by Reverend Norbert Capek, founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He saw a need to unite the diverse congregants of his church with a symbolic ritual, without alienating those who had left other traditions. He chose to honour the universal beauty of nature by creating a flower celebration. It was brought to North America in 1940 by his wife, Maja Capek. And so, every year, we have our own flower communion service with the telling of Rev. Capek’s story.

    In this Covid 19 induced conversion of customary living, what seeds of creative change might have been sown? What seeds planted in this time can we nurture that will blossom into positive change? What changes in our own lives would we also want to nurture? What do we want our society to look like when we emerge from this pandemic?

    Gardeners creatively distance plants in bed designs, not unlike the present social distancing we are experiencing.Being separated at service, we will have a creatively distanced flower communion, via zoom.

    Do you have a favourite flower? You can share it at the service with an actual blossom, or send us a picture that we will project on our screen. 

    To listen to an abridged service, please click below:

    0:00 min (Opening Words); 1:00 (Chalice Lighting); 1:38 (Song – For The Beauty Of The Earth); 4: 23 (Story – Mousehole Cat); 11:32 Music, Reading, Silence, Music); 18:25 (Flower Communion).

Pandemic: the True Story of a Frontline Heroine

  • June 14, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Debbie Goodman
  • Online via Zoom

    In the mid-1800s, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States and Canada. It was highly contagious, incurable, and affected people of all ages and backgrounds. One woman’s desire to help the poor and sick grew into a nationally recognized hospital for indigent tuberculosis sufferers, and its Respiratory Care Clinic is treating COVID-19 patients today.

    To listen to an abridged service, please click below:

    0.0 min (Opening Words);  3:00 (Chalice Lighting); 3:25 (Hymn – When Our Heart Is In A Holy Place); 6:43 (Children’s Story- Finding Kindness); 10:37 (Musical Interlude); 11:11 (Reading, Silence & Music); 17:16 (Reflection); 29:05 Hymn (Standing on The Side of Love)

Stirring the Pandemic Pot

  • June 7, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Debra Thorne
  • Online via Zoom

    Like you, like our leadership, we are being asked to imagine the ‘what if’ of our future. A cascade of questions to inspire every prophet’s heart! What will this community look and feel like after the pandemic? What does this transformational experience mean to our communities? What is emerging? What will endure? What will change and what will be lost? To what are we being called as Unitarians in the emerging world?

    To listen to Rev. Debra’s reflection please click below:

Conscience: Our Inner Voice – When does it Speak? What does it Say?

  • May 31, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Russell McNeil
  • Online via Zoom

    What is conscience? If conscience is an “inner voice” that speaks to us when we are about to make a mistake, where does that voice come from? Some refer to conscience as the “voice of God.” But what if we do not believe in God? Where does the voice of conscience come from for non-believers? Is conscience the same for believers and non-believers? What do people in other cultures hear when this voice speaks? Is it the same voice everywhere in the world? If it is different is it possible that what is morally “good” in one culture is actually morally “bad” in another? If so, what happens when two people with different consciences meet?

    To read this entire reflection,  please click on the file below:

    http://ufon.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Conscience-Presentation.pdf

Essential Services for the Soul

  • May 24, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson and members of the Fabulous FUFONics
  • Online via Zoom

    We need one another. We need to gather, to hug, to shake hands, to stand near each other. We are like trees, and must be in community with other trees (and the forest ecosystem) to thrive. Throughout the past weeks we have been sorely reminded that what our society deems “essential services” are those that address the immediate needs of the body. What are essential services for the Soul? And why do we need them now more than ever? Join us as we explore through music, poetry and story.

    To listen to key parts of this service, please click below:

    00.00 min (Instrumental interlude); 00.57 min (Two Readings – Melancholy & My Religion); 3:23 Song – Bon Esprit); 7:57 FUFONICs Group Poem; 17:29 (Hymn – Come Sing A Song With Me)

Canadian Unitarian Universalists from coast to coast Sunday Service

  • May 17, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: CUC and Your Sunday Service Team
  • Online via Zoom

    Never before have Canadian UU’s shared one screen to sing, pray, reflect and celebrate what is worthy together. This Sunday service, using Zoom, will connect us with congregations and individuals who have been impacted by the Covid 19 restrictions as have we.  If all things were normal, this service would have been part of the CUC Bi-Annual Conference, and because we could not all gather in Halifax, like FUFON’s Sunday Services, was moved online.  The Zoom link will be available in the Weekly Update of that same week.

    * Your Sunday Service Team will also provide an opportunity to check-in together after the Coast to Coast Service.

A Conscientious Response

  • May 10, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Debra Thorne
  • Online via Zoom

    This pandemic has exposed how many different models of behaviour there are in the world.  Individuals and whole countries have responded very differently.  What do the responses say about the values we hold? About the trust we have for each other. What are we learning about a ‘conscientious’ response?

    To listen to Rev. Debra’s reflection please click below:

Getting to Laughter

  • May 3, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Debra Thorne
  • Online via Zoom

    How is conscience funny? Is there humour in a pandemic? After 8 weeks in physical isolation can we even remember how to laugh? Well it’s World Laughter Day so we’re going to give it our very best try. Have you heard the one about reselling toilet paper on Amazon?

    To listen to Rev. Debra’s reflection, please click here:

    To watch selected parts of this service, click below:

    0 min: Magic Penny (song);  2:20 Opening Words; 4:00 Chalice Lighting; 5:15 When the Spirit Says Do (song); 9:00 Time for All Ages; 14:32 Meditation; 20:00 Debra’s Reflection (homily); 34:20 Laughing Meditation; 37:24 Woyaya (song)