Community Kitchens

  • July 16, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Anita Smith
  • Since 1991 The Nanaimo Community Kitchens helps participants build skills, knowledge, friendships and self-esteem while preparing low-cost healthy meals. Connecting the community and building strong partnerships, they increase food security among low income individuals and families. Thanks to a recent grant, the Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society can host their year-long “Healthy Eating and Lifestyles for Newcomers to Canada” program.

Human Trafficking

  • July 9, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Michael Down
  • Michael is a professor of criminology at Vancouver Island University. In addition to his teaching at VIU, Down has studied areas affecting local at-risk youth and has provided information to social workers and government agencies tackling the prostitution problem.

Think Opposite Suspend Your Belief

  • July 2, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Alison Donagley
  • THINK OPPOSITE is a simple tool that we can use every day to improve the way we approach ideas and people. If you don’t question what you believe in, then what is the point of believing in it?

    Alison is speaking about her inspirational radio talk show she has and the people she interviews.

Flower Communion

  • June 25, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Sunday Services Committee
  • Our annual flower communion is a celebration of our shared ministry and the way our individual gifts combine to create a beautiful bouquet.

    Bring a flower to share with the congregation – you will leave with a different flower. This is an inter-generational service.

Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun

  • June 18, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Debbie Goodman
  • As the sun reaches the apex of the solar year, we will celebrate and reflect on all that this community has accomplished as a Fellowship this year. Please join us in love, light and joy this summer solstice.

in-spir-a-tion: What Does Grace Have to Do With it?

  • June 11, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Sheila Norgate
  • In amongst the varied meanings connected to the word inspiration, there is one that jumps out; it is considered to be a form of Divine guidance.  My whole life has been steered – sometimes gently, sometimes not – by this Divine guidance, or Grace as I have come to know it. This is what I will explore in my short talk.

Connections and Conversations

  • June 4, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rosemary Morrison
  • Where do you find inspiration? Some find it in books, others in the deeds of brave individuals, while others in the beauty of nature. I have recently been inspired by Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed. He was raised in the Unitarian Universalist faith and ordained in 1979. He and his wife Donna served as Unitarian Universalist ministers in Rochester New York, and then in Toronto, Ontario.

    His messages are clear, sometimes hard to hear, and always filled with love. This service will explore his writings and historical discoveries, along with implications for the future of Unitarian Universalism.

Was That Just My Imagination?

  • May 28, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rosemary Morrison
  • In the mid twentieth century there was an interesting development in the Unitarian and Universalist tradition. Was it merely active imaginations? Or did these early UUs actually have the ability to make contact with the ‘other side?’ In this service we’ll explore the rise of Spiritualism and learn about some of its colourful characters.

Why I March and Can’t Keep Quiet

  • May 21, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Beth McLin
  • The Women’s March on January 21, 2017 marked the beginning of a unified resistance movement in North America. On that day, I couldn’t believe Women still had to march for fundamental rights that men could take for granted. But the March was about so much more. We, The People, are resisting a shift in US practice and policies that are an affront to our Unitarian Principles. I will share my story from the March and how I continue to resist.

Imagining Peace: A World Where We Are All Friends

  • May 14, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: the Committee on Religious Education
  • This Sunday the CRE children are taking over the service and turning it into Messy UU Church. You’ll see our wonderful CRE kids in action as we explore the theme of peace through crafts, a story and a special activity, and we’ll have yummy snacks, too.

    Our interim music director Nico Rhodes and children’s entertainer Rick Scott will lead us in music. Be prepared to use your imagination!