Am I Welcome Here, Just as I Am?

  • November 19, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Meg Roberts
  • Canadian Unitarians and Universalists strive to be radically inclusive of people with our various social identities. FUFON’s website says, “Whatever your ethnicity, religious background, gender, sexual orientation, age or anything else that makes you who you are, please know that you are warmly welcome in our community.

    We will have a chance to share a bit about our own social identities in small groups as well as challenges we face to be truly welcoming of others who are similar and different than we are.

The Outsider’s Perspective

  • November 12, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Oliver Belisle
  • There has always been tremendous pressure on individuals to conform and follow the rules laid out by various social institutions, and this pressure appears to have reached a fever pitch in today’s world. Whether covertly or overtly, we are constantly being told how we should look, speak, think, and behave; what goals we should pursue and what situations we should avoid. We often hear about the plight and suffering of people who, for one reason or another, fail to follow these instructions and end up on the fringes. But could there also be advantages to being on the outside? What can we learn from history’s best known outsiders and how can we put this knowledge to work in our lives?

Religion as Survival Strategy

  • November 5, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Michelle Brown
  • Churches were language sanctuaries for Hungarians who came under Romanian authority in 1920. Even today, seminarians are charged with responsibility for the cultural survival of Hungarian-speaking Transylvanians. Michelle Brown, recently returned from a three-month stay in a Unitarian seminary, offers a look at the 21st century reality facing this child of the Reformation.

    For those interested, Michelle will also provide a 10-minute presentation on geography, demographics and the emergence of Unitarianism in 16th century Transylvania during coffee time.

A Stroke of Luck

  • October 29, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Elizabeth Ellis
  • Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis suffered a stroke in 2014. Discovering whether that would be a curse or a blessing turned out to be quite a journey!

Healing Through Inspiration

  • October 22, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Meg Roberts
  • What can our Unitarian Universalist (UU) sources offer us when we need to heal from the slings and arrows of life? I’d like to share some of my spiritual journey with you and invite you to reflect on how your journey can be supported by our UU path. If you are new to UUism, here are various sources we draw from for our inspiration (each person drawing from ones that inspire them):

The Freedom of Forgiveness

  • October 15, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Anne Morrison, MSW, RSW
  • Join Anne Morrison as she explores how hope, healing, and freedom can come through the process of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness is a multi-layered, internal process, but Anne will try to simplify it for you by sharing 5 steps which can enable you to be freed from the grip of old hurts or resentments.

Bread for Thought: A Thanksgiving Celebration

  • October 8, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Lise and Sarah Smith and the CRE children
  • Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, a time for remembering. It is a time to come together and share food with the people we love. Join us as we create together a loaf of Unitarian bread, its ingredients symbolizing the many blessings present in our lives. Please bring a loaf of bread that evokes memories of your childhood or heritage to share with the congregation.

If All of Life is Vibration … ?

  • October 1, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson
  • Albert Einstein wrote: All of life is vibration. If this is true, what does it mean in terms of how we live and relate — day to day? With family and friends? With community? With our work? With our possessions? And how does the idea that “all of life is vibration” connect us with our own healing, and the healing of our world? We will explore these questions using sound (the vibrations we can hear) as a portal.

We Are a Covenanting Community

  • September 24, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Meg Roberts
  • Unitarians come together in an intentional community. We choose to be together not because we believe the same things about the nature of the universe but because we believe that together we can learn to be a caring, healthy community. That includes making promises about how we want to be together.

    And when we are human and fail, we commit to come back together and work things through in a respectful way. What can help us keep those promises; that covenant? We’ll explore that together in this service.

“This is Our Great Covenant …

  • September 17, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson, Rebecca Stanley and the Committee on Shared Ministry
  • …to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help on another.”

    Our connection, our diversity, and our strength as a community is held and nurtured by how we covenant with one another. Come and celebrate this new Fellowship year by revisiting and remembering the ties that bind us in beloved covenanting community. We’ll learn a little of what our Sunday Services Committee is cooking up for the coming year.