Hope, An Orientation to Life

Hope is a spiritual practice of sorts, an intention, and an orientation to life. It is also demanding and sometimes illusive. It is personal and collective, as the great Sufi mystic Rumi says, “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard, they cannot hope.” It is this: “Look as long as you can at the friend that you love.” We are in this together.

Rev Debra Faulk, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, retired in 2021 as Minister Emerita after 11 years with Calgary Unitarians. She received a BA in psychology and anthropology from UVic and a Master of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology. Her many roles have included being a chaplain at Vancouver General Hospital, Director of Religious Education in Victoria and Parish Ministry to congregations in Alberta and Ontario.

She is now one of the two BC reps to the CUC (Canadian Unitarian Council) Board. Previously she served on the Boards of both the Toronto and Calgary Interfaith Council and the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, working to collaborate with labour and non-profits to address systemic social change in the city. She also served on the Collegial Development Team of the UU Ministers Association. 

Debra, as a single mom, raised two children who have blessed her with 5 grandchildren. Currently she is excited with the adventure of co-ownership of her new home in Victoria, building community and being close to family.

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