Setting the Table

  • January 14, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Paul Manly
  • Are you a senior who has a great idea for a food related video and would like to learn about the process of video production? Do you have a story related to food that you would like to share, a community group working on food security that you volunteer with, a passion for food that you want to share? Setting the Table is a community documentary project of Nanaimo Foodshare led by documentary and educational filmmaker Paul Manly. Seniors are trained in video productions and then document food related stories, experiences, passions and community involvement of other seniors, creating a series of short videos that will be distributed on the internet and broadcast on community TV.

Can Atheism and Spirituality Be Friends?

  • January 7, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Reinie Heydemann
  • Reinie Heydemann will share some of her life stories from growing up as a faithful Lutheran, studying theology, being a minister and serving in a nursing home as a chaplain until she retired and instantly joined the Unitarians, which gave her the opportunity to develop spirituality as an atheist.

Annual New Year’s Mirth and Music

  • December 31, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: FUFON’s Debbie Goodman and Leah Hokanson
  • Congratulations! You have survived another holiday season with all of its emotional stresses, financial burdens, and caloric excesses. Come relax and unwind with our traditional year-end service of irreverent humour and music from collaborators, our own Debbie Goodman and Leah Hokanson. Warnings and side effects: may not be well-tolerated by those who are serious-minded or purposeful; may contain nuts or allergens; may contain gluten, genetically modified organisms, or political incorrectness.

Growing Down

  • December 24, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson and members of our beloved choir, the Fabulous FUFONICS
  • Psychologist and author, James Hillman, writes: “until the culture recognizes the legitimacy of growing down, each person in the culture struggles blindly to make sense of the darkness that the soul requires to deepen into life.” What does it mean to grow down? How do we help one another connect more intimately with our soul’s desire to deepen into life? In this Christmas Eve service we will explore — through poetry, music, and meditation — the still and ever present space between darkness and rebirth, and ways to nurture and nourish growing down.

Lights for Luucy by Connie Dunn

  • December 17, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: by the Sunday Services Committee, the Children’s Religious Education Committee and the CRE children
  • Our pageant presents the story of nine-year-old Luucy, who wonders about all the winter holidays and how they could come together in one big celebration.

Advent Spiral

  • December 10, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Meg Roberts
  • Please join us for an intergenerational journey into the heart of the spiral! Celebrate the turn of the seasons and the coming of winter, time of reflection and introspection. We’ll be walking a spiral, lighting candles and making wishes for the coming year, all within a very special circle of song and chant.  It is a magical service!  Suitable for all ages.

Presence to Change

  • December 3, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Frances Deverell
  • We have learned the value of being present, in the moment, to ourselves, to the earth, and to the people around us.  But as human beings, we have also survived and thrived based on living through habits, developing routines, and not having to think about what we already know.  How do we teach ourselves to be centred and present in a world filled with unpredictability and swirling with change?

A Generosity of Knowledge

  • November 26, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Debra Thorne
  • There is so much we have to give, there is so much needed. Without the generosity of those  who came before us, who shared their experience and knowledge with us, our lives would be nothing more than an endless repetition of discovery with no growth, no depth, no progress.  This Unitarian tradition would not exist without the generosity of those who came before us. Who were your mentors and are you ready to share your experience with the next generation?

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?