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!

Imagination in Spirituality and Religion

  • May 7, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Roger Manuel
  • How is imagination key to love of neighbour and stranger and compassion? How can places of spiritual fellowship develop the imagination? Why is it important? Can you be spiritual and religious without imagination?

So, What is Spirit Play?

  • April 30, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Joy Silver
  • You must have heard of Spirit Play! It happens in two of our children’s classes every Sunday when our three to eight year olds meet for their Religious Education class. Is it a play? What kind of play? Why did Maurice Gibbons sit in on a class one day in May? Why do adults ask for Spirit Play when they hear about it?

    Come hear and see how Joy Silver unveils the mystery of Spirit Play.

Learning, Earning and Yearning

  • April 23, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rosemary Morrison
  • Christopher Morley states, “There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.” Do you agree with this statement? Let’s examine these three elements of ‘the good life’ in the light of our principles and sources. What does our living tradition have to say about ‘learning, earning, and yearning?’

Seva: A Solution in Sight

  • April 16, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Dr. Martin (Marty) Spencer
  • Marty will tell the story of Seva, a non-governmental organization dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness in developing countries, weaving the history of Seva with his own personal history of doing and teaching cataract surgery with Seva for the past 30 years.

Humpback Come Back

  • April 9, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Jackie Hildering
  • They’re big, they’re beautiful, and they’re back from the brink of extinction! This presentation discusses the return of Humpback Whales and the need for increased awareness from coastal British Columbians. Information will include Marine Education and Research Society (www.mersociety.org) research on Humpback feeding and rate of entanglement. There will be discussion of their efforts to increase awareness about how to avoid collision and what to do if entanglement is witnessed (for the sake of boater and whale safety).

Soul Food: The Bread of Life

  • April 2, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Anne Morrison
  • When we think of hunger, we usually think of those who are physically starving. Sometimes we overlook folks who are also suffering and starving for some soul food. Anne will share how our fulfilled yearnings are the universal food that fuels our life energy and enables us to experience inner peace.