Services with audio transcripts

March 18, 2018

Childhaven Sunday

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz –

Back in 1985, Rev. Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino took a huge risk in founding ChildHaven International. This is our annual service to raise awareness about and funds to support the mission of this organization, which serves women and children in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Tibet.

We will hear from member Mariko Matsumoto about her recent experience at one of ChildHaven’s homes.

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March 11, 2018

The Risk of Reaching Out

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis –

When we think of ‘risk,’ we often think of physical risk – rock-climbing, sky-diving, and the like.
But what about emotional risk? What about relational risk? When does reaching out to someone feel like a risk? What does it mean to take risks as s community?  What if we, as a community, risked being more relational?

A colleague spoke of a ‘circle of 5’ theory – that every kid, every person, needs 5 support people in their lives playing distinctly different roles (eg., someone who would be there for you in a crisis, someone who encourages you to branch out). Who are your 5 people?  How might we become a place in which people of all ages could find their circle of 5?

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March 4, 2018

Out on a Limb (Deep into Life)

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke –

Sometimes it’s the times and places when we take a risk that we feel most in touch in our lives with what it means to be alive.

When does taking a chance serve us well? When is risk needless, or even foolish?

We will also pause for a moment during this service to honour International Women’s Day.

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February 25, 2018

Misery Poker and Other Comforting Connections to be Found in Common Suffering

Rev Melora Lynngood and Worship Associate Larry Boldt —

As a result of our interdependence, we are often touched by the suffering of others – especially when we see, in that suffering, a reflection of our own experience.

These connections can be felt across time, with people we have never met.

Artists, for example, be they writers or painters, can convey something of a shared human experience, which, even when difficult or painful, can somehow bring comfort.

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February 18, 2018

Bearing Witness

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Doug McGinnis —

I was asked by a member of our community to speak about why it matters when we bear witness to one another’s lives.

What difference does it make and what impact does it have when we take the time (and make the intentional effort) to truly see someone and be with them. Does bearing witness only matter in times of challenge or joy? How do we “show up” for one another?

We will explore how bearing witness can be a key building block in appreciating our interdependence.

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February 4, 2018


Sunday, 10:30 am, February 4 —  Rev. Melora Lynngood and Worship Associate Dan Klimke —

This is our theme kick-off, the first Sunday in our exploration of “Interdependence: the practice of feeling our connection with the larger whole.”

We’ll pay special homage to our connections with other Unitarian Universalists in Canada, other congregations with whom we make up the CUC — the Canadian Unitarian Council.

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January 28, 2018

Resisting Change

Ministerial Intern Christopher Wulff and Worship Associate Larry Boldt –

Our Unitarian Universalist communities are always walking the fine line between adopting change that keeps us relevant and maintaining the traditions that make us who we are.

Often our youth and young adults are great examples of holding that tension loosely. So why do some of them echo Star Trek’s Borg in saying “resistance is futile” when talking about finding their adult home in a UU community?

When are we resisting change and when are we upholding tradition?

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January 21, 2018

Living the Life You Have

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Oliver Belisle –

One aspect of resistance we may not frequently consider are the aspects of ourselves and our lives that we resist.

How different would our lives be if more often we were able to enjoy or embrace what is?

What is the “path of least resistance” when it comes to going with the ups and downs of life rather than actively working against them?

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January 14, 2018

The Power of Coalition

Rev. Melora Lynngood & Friends and Worship Associate Dan Klimke –

What issues most concern and affect you and your family?

What if others in the wider Victoria area share similar concerns and struggles?

How might we act together to affect real change in our local communities?

A week from today, on Sunday, January 21, our congregation will vote on whether to become paying members of GVAT, Greater Victoria Acting Together. In this service, we examine what GVAT is, what they do, and the unique relational model of community organizing for social change upon which GVAT is based.

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January 7, 2018

Standing Up and Speaking Out

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Shelley Motz –

What can we learn from the #metoo movement and other powerful examples of collective action for change?

We begin our exploration of the monthly theme Resistance and 2018 by looking at one of the first aspects that leaps to mind of the word “resistance”.

How do we resist the systems and structures in our world that hold so many down? What does it look like to resist what is and advocate for new ways of being?

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