Water Communion

  • September 10, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: members of the Sunday Service Committee
  • All across the continent Unitarian Universalist congregations mark this day as their ingathering or Water Communion service. On September 10th, our first Sunday Service of the new church year at FUFON will be a time to come together with a sharing of water and what that particular water means to you.

    Please bring to the service a small container of water to share. This is an intergenerational participatory service. Pitchers of water will be available if you forget your water at home.

Homily Workshop Experience

  • July 30, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Russ McNeil
  • Russell McNeil’s PhD studies pioneered a LIDAR technology which was later deployed to measure the atmosphere of Mars (“Phoenix” mission, 2010). His work as a science journalist included documentaries for PBS and work in News for CBC TV and Radio. Russell’s Liberal Studies teaching career at VIU included an interest in Greek philosophy. His book “The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Selections Annotated and Explained” was published in 2008. Russell is certified as a Personal Trainer and currently teaches classes in Nanaimo at several gyms. His life-long passion for photography can be seen in several works on display on “Gallery Row” in Nanaimo.

Hospice Society

  • July 23, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Jennifer Keane
  • Jennifer Keane has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology specializing in the fields of disordered eating, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and in spiritual care. She integrates her work as a therapist with extensive meditation practice and has created and taught a variety of classes based on mindfulness meditation.

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.