Songs of the Underground Railroad

  • February 18, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Sue Averill
  • Sue’s talk is a history lesson of how song was used to communicate information to the black slaves to help them find their way from the plantations in the South to where they would be free.  A few of those songs have survived and it’s fascinating to see how they were actually directions in code secretly given to those who attempted the arduous year-long (and often longer) journey to where they could start a new life.   Of course there is an open invitation to sing along; all these songs were simple and repetitious and very easy to learn and sing.

More Room for Hope

  • February 11, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Violet Hayes
  • Samaritan House Executive Director, Violet Hayes will discuss the current crisis at Samaritan House.

The Kindness of Strangers

  • February 4, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Debbie Goodman
  • This month’s worship theme is ‘Interdependence.’ How has the kindness of strangers played a role in your life, and in what ways has your kindness been important in the lives of others?

Is it Okay to Believe in Miracles?

  • January 28, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Russell McNeil
  • In one of her many visions, the 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen described, in words, painting, and in music, her impressions on the structure of the universe, or the “cosmos” as she observed it through her “divinely inspired” mind’s eye. She saw, painted and sang about a universe that was actually quite foreign to her medieval world (but interestingly more acceptable to moderns). Hildegard unveiled a universe in the shape of an “egg”, surrounded by a blinding bright “fire,” that continuously spawned fierce galactic style “whirlwinds.”

    What was the real nature of those visions? Were they miracles, or the delusions of a migraine sufferer? An alternate possibility is that her visions (and many similar accounts from other cultures over thousands of years) are not only truly “spiritual” or “transcendent” events, but that the transcendence experience itself can be understood in rational and scientific terms. If so, experiences, such as those reported by mystics like Hildegard, might be accessible to – at least theoretically – any “rightly disposed” human being. What does being “rightly disposed” require of us?

One Unitarian’s Search for the Meaning of Life

  • January 21, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Craig Jackson
  • People have questioned the meaning of life as long as any record exists. We have found many answers, some of which are contradictory. I looked at it as something from which we could eliminate the wrong paths without worrying about which path is “right” and found some answers that Unitarians may find familiar.

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.