Services with audio transcripts

June 25, 2017

Dwelling in the Realm of Death

Susan Breiddal  with Worship Associate Dan Klimke —

Intellectually, we all know that we are going to die. Whether we embrace this knowledge, understand it, run from it, or pretend it’s not going to happen, we all have an appointment with death. As Unitarians we are often willing to deal head-on with what most people find to be difficult issues. Dr. Breiddal will speak about her Lived Experience of encountering mortality on a daily basis in the palliative care setting in her role as hospice counsellor.

Susan Breiddal is a counsellor with Victoria Hospice. She works on a nurse/counsellor palliative response team, going into the community and responding to a crisis of a physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual nature. Susan is a counsellor, writer and educator in the field of palliative care. She graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, Ca., and is presently a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria in Education Curriculum and Instruction.

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June 18, 2017

Learning to Laugh at Yourself … and why it’s essential for mind, heart and spirit

Minister Emeritus Reverend Jane Bramadat with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle —

We are very good at searching out facts, doing justice, and generally trying to be good people. But sometimes in our intensity we forget that the human condition means we need to acknowledge and correct our mistakes and rigidities with humour. By doing so each of us can be more open to truth, joy, reality, and being our best possible person.

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June 11, 2017

Our Deepest Longings in the Journey of Life

Faye Mogensen and Christopher Wulff  with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis

In our annual transitions service we’ll be sharing your responses to last month’s reflections on “what you want to do before you die.”

From hopes to master a video game or finally clear out the basement to learning a new skill or reconciling with friends and family, your responses were varied and
fascinating. And we’ve noticed that our children and youth have much in common with the congregation’s adults and elders.

Join us as we consider our individual and shared aspirations and how they relate to the many cycles of life, while honouring and celebrating the many transitions each of you experience along this journey of life.

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May 28, 2017

White Supremacy Teach-In

Christopher Wulff, ministerial intern, with Worship Associate Dan Klimke –

We’ll have a hard and frank conversation about racism in our communities and country.

Chris Wulff

It’s an uncomfortable conversation for most of us, but a necessary one if we are to continue to be in right relationship with people of colour and indigenous peoples.

Being here, learning together, we can all bear witness to one another and our commitment to our principles, however difficult the path.

Hundreds of Unitarian Universalist congregations in the U.S. and Canada are committing a Sunday morning to a conversation on white supremacy. 

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May 21, 2017

Rockin’ the Boat – the Serious Joy of Social Justice

Social Responsibility Committee with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis –

 There is more to social justice work than protests and petitions.

Members of the Social Responsibility Coalition will bring forward some of the joys and tribulations of compassionate action.

Through stories, songs and maybe a poem or two, the SRC will lift up the passionate heart and often zany chaos of change-makers. View livestream here, password 4FUmembers. 

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May 14, 2017

The Rise of Cascadian Spirituality

Paul Bramadat with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs –

While some look at nature in and around B.C. as simply beautiful, others routinely describe this place in deeply spiritual terms. It turns out that there are some distinctive features associated with the “bio-region” we inhabit.

Join us today for a partly poetic and partly sociological reflection on space, place, and the sacred.

Paul Bramadat is Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, and specializes in religion and public discourse, public policy, and public health.

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April 30, 2017

Mysteries about First Century Christians

Margot Lods with Worship Associate Dan Klimke –

Margot Lods, an elder of this church, does not need much of an introduction, but you may not know that she holds a theological degree from Trinity College, Toronto, and served as Dean of Studies at the Anglican Women’s Training College, where she lectured in New Testament and Systematic Theology.

Margot considers those academic days as an important part of her life’s spiritual journey, although she now identifies herself as a Unitarian and spiritual humanist. Ever since her theological studies, she has been intrigued by questions about how the first-century church developed after the crucifixion of Jesus. In this sermon, she shares some of these questions with you, but says she can’t promise to have the answers.

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April 23, 2017

The Important Stuff is Invisible

Reverend Steven Epperson with Worship Associate Larry Boldt —

On this Earth Day Sunday, we’ll check in with some of the latest news from the cosmos and the teeming world beneath our feet, as the world-wide science community reports back to us about their on-going quest to describe the world in which we live. We’ll look at the mind-bending, overall structure of the universe and the hidden life network in our soil. It’s awe-inspiring and surprisingly wonderful stuff.

Crossing boundaries has been a constant feature in Steven Epperson’s life: from rural to urban and Mormon to Unitarian, from university professor to parish ministry, from U.S. citizen to Canadian citizen. There are constants as well: a love of learning, a passion for music (from Bach to Radiohead), a commitment to social justice, and crazy love for his wife Diana, their children and grandchildren. He knows how to darn socks, clean a bathroom, read good stories out loud at bedtime, and shingle a roof.

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April 16, 2017

Resurrecting Hope

Christopher Wulff, Ministerial Intern, with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis —

 Viewing Easter as a moment that celebrates resurrection speaks so much to our hopes for an imagined future, for ourselves and for the Earth. As a spring election approaches, how can our democratic practice nurture renewal and inspire us together? What in this world yearns for resurrection?

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April 9, 2017

Stories From the Street

Reverend Allen Tysick with Worship Associate Dar Gareau-Levy —

The heart of the Dandelion Society is relationship, being advocates for those with no power, and speaking out for justice and equality for all. Reverend Al Tysick will share with us some of his stories from the street, interwoven with his own personal struggle with theology and his movement from a conservative faith to a more liberal and progressive one … and how the people of the streets have helped him to do that.  

Born in Ottawa in1946, raised by a strong mother who lived on welfare, Allen Tysick, known as “Rev Al” by Victoria’s street community, has been committed to the streets — where his heart and “family” are — for more than 40 years. He founded the Victoria Dandelion Society in April, 2011, as a way to carry his work on the front lines into the future.

Every morning he hits the streets at 5:30 am with coffee, muffins, and whatever warm supplies he has. While those who sleep outside are awakened by the sounds of an awakening city, Al is there to make sure everyone has a safe and welcoming start to their day. He spends the rest of his day going to hospitals, jails and residencies, helping those he visits in whatever they need.

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