Religion as Survival Strategy

  • November 5, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Michelle Brown
  • Churches were language sanctuaries for Hungarians who came under Romanian authority in 1920. Even today, seminarians are charged with responsibility for the cultural survival of Hungarian-speaking Transylvanians. Michelle Brown, recently returned from a three-month stay in a Unitarian seminary, offers a look at the 21st century reality facing this child of the Reformation.

    For those interested, Michelle will also provide a 10-minute presentation on geography, demographics and the emergence of Unitarianism in 16th century Transylvania during coffee time.

A Stroke of Luck

  • October 29, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Elizabeth Ellis
  • Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis suffered a stroke in 2014. Discovering whether that would be a curse or a blessing turned out to be quite a journey!

Healing Through Inspiration

  • October 22, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Meg Roberts
  • What can our Unitarian Universalist (UU) sources offer us when we need to heal from the slings and arrows of life? I’d like to share some of my spiritual journey with you and invite you to reflect on how your journey can be supported by our UU path. If you are new to UUism, here are various sources we draw from for our inspiration (each person drawing from ones that inspire them):

The Freedom of Forgiveness

  • October 15, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Anne Morrison, MSW, RSW
  • Join Anne Morrison as she explores how hope, healing, and freedom can come through the process of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness is a multi-layered, internal process, but Anne will try to simplify it for you by sharing 5 steps which can enable you to be freed from the grip of old hurts or resentments.

Bread for Thought: A Thanksgiving Celebration

  • October 8, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Lise and Sarah Smith and the CRE children
  • Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, a time for remembering. It is a time to come together and share food with the people we love. Join us as we create together a loaf of Unitarian bread, its ingredients symbolizing the many blessings present in our lives. Please bring a loaf of bread that evokes memories of your childhood or heritage to share with the congregation.

If All of Life is Vibration … ?

  • October 1, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson
  • Albert Einstein wrote: All of life is vibration. If this is true, what does it mean in terms of how we live and relate — day to day? With family and friends? With community? With our work? With our possessions? And how does the idea that “all of life is vibration” connect us with our own healing, and the healing of our world? We will explore these questions using sound (the vibrations we can hear) as a portal.

We Are a Covenanting Community

  • September 24, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Rev. Meg Roberts
  • Unitarians come together in an intentional community. We choose to be together not because we believe the same things about the nature of the universe but because we believe that together we can learn to be a caring, healthy community. That includes making promises about how we want to be together.

    And when we are human and fail, we commit to come back together and work things through in a respectful way. What can help us keep those promises; that covenant? We’ll explore that together in this service.

“This is Our Great Covenant …

  • September 17, 2017
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Leah Hokanson, Rebecca Stanley and the Committee on Shared Ministry
  • …to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help on another.”

    Our connection, our diversity, and our strength as a community is held and nurtured by how we covenant with one another. Come and celebrate this new Fellowship year by revisiting and remembering the ties that bind us in beloved covenanting community. We’ll learn a little of what our Sunday Services Committee is cooking up for the coming year.

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.