Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate: Doug McGinnis ––
So much violence and suffering in our world, much of it due to human-made international and political conflict. What human-made healing is possible?
October 24 is United Nations Day. This Sunday we lift up the work of our Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), and we look at the broader question of how to find hope in the face of international events that cause us to despair.
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Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs ––
Often when we envision healing we picture an individual taking steps to get well physically or emotionally after a challenging time.
There is also a collective or communal healing that can take place when a person feels nourished or held by a community, and when a group of people work to make the world a more hospitable place.
Come explore this dimension of healing as we begin the month exploring this theme.
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Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Larry Boldt –
Parenting, marriage, friendship, congregational life – our relationships of covenant call us to return to our best selves again and again and again and again… in the face of the unknown, as imperfect human beings, and with imperfect human tools.
Not always easy to do. But worth the striving. And better with the support of community.
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Christopher Wulff with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle – Jewish philosopher Martin Buber speaks of humans as promise-making, promise-breaking, promise re-making creatures; the making of promises and commitments Buber sees as essential to human nature.
What promises or commitments does our faith call us to offer the world? How do we keep our covenants alive, and who do we include within them?
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Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis –
This Ingathering Sunday, when we return to a new program year in the life of our church community, we will examine the theme of promise.
In many ways our lives are profoundly impacted by those ideas, ideals, and people to whom we have made promises.
Our commitments and covenants offer us a sense of path and a course to follow. What promises shape your life? How much promise do your promises hold?
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Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Susan Layng – How’s your stress level? What do you do when your life feels too busy, overwhelming, or otherwise laden with reasons to be anxious?
How well do you handle it when plans don’t go the way you want or when people don’t behave the way you wish they would?
Do you get stressed out like Rabbit, or do you, like Eeyore, feel like giving up in gloomy despair?
Drawing from the old classic, The Tao of Pooh and the even older classic, the Tao te Ching, Rev. Melora, our resident Eeyore and occasional Rabbit, explores with us some of the wisdom to be gleaned from Taoism, and how it might help us go with the flow, face what is (even when it’s difficult), and move forward with grace and inner-peace.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Christopher Wulff, ministerial intern, with Worship Associate Dan Klimke –
We’ll have a hard and frank conversation about racism in our communities and country.
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.Read more ›
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