Rev. Shana Lynngood, Louise Cole, Environmental Action Team – At this Sunday’s service we honour our connection to the Earth, and worry together over its continued degradation. We focus primarily on Climate Change concerns. Special music from Gary Threet, a jazz guitarist.Read more ›
Presenters: Ruth Chudley, Christine Johnston, Pat Kinrade, Alastair Mont and Cody Walker. This service was researched and presented 12 years ago, and lingered so in the memory of several members that we were asked to present it again. Several of the original cast are no longer with us in person so new faces have taken up the challenge to share theologian Dr. Barbara Thiering’s provocative ideas with the congregation.Read more ›
Rev. Shana Lynngood – This morning we’ll explore the Christian high Holy Day of Easter through a Unitarian Universalist lens. What message does Jesus’ resurrection offer us? What are the places of renewal and new life in our own daily living?Read more ›
Rev. Melora Lynngood – Our preaching theme this church year is “purpose.” In the mission statement the congregation wrote and voted to approve in January, we stated that part of our purpose is to live as “a welcoming community, energized by the diversity of beliefs, identity, and experience that each person brings.” We strive to do more than sit side by side in silent tolerance; we seek to engage with our differences in a way that enriches each of our experiences. We have an opportunity to practise this as a congregation this month. The Arts and Aesthetics Team is asking the congregation toparticipate in a decision about which tapestry to hang on the front wall of our sanctuary (see page 15 for more information). People have strong and divergent feelings about each of the two possibilities. In this service, we consider how art affects each of our spirits in different ways, and how we might be energized by this diversity of experience. How we might use this decision-making process as an opportunity to practise living our mission?Read more ›
Molly Raher Newman, local actor and historian, has been inhabiting the role of Emily Carr since 1999. Early in her career she was invited by Ken Lane to come to life as Carr in Victoria’s Wax Museum. The public at Emily Carr House and elsewhere eagerly and endlessly enter her fantasy. Those who like their Carr sober and rueful might find it hard to accept this ebullient re-enactment, but let’s remember that Carr herself cherished her native nickname: Klee Wyck, The Laughing One. Molly’s business card reads “artist-actress-musician.Read more ›
Rev. Melora Lynngood – On this day when we set our clocks forward an hour, we examine the concept of time. Some gurus of spiritual enlightenment advise us to live in the present moment, for it is the only moment that is really real. Those of us who like to plan, wonder if it isn’t wise to spend at least some time planning for the future. And what
about the past? Isn’t there value in honouring, preserving, learning about and from the past? Past, present, future — how do we find our balance as we walk through time?
Reverend Melora Lynngood – In this service, we focus on the love within personal relationships, and take a particular look at the challenge of forgiveness. We human beings are fallible. The maintenance of human relationships requires a way for repair and renewal when mistakes are made. How does
forgiveness work? What does it require? Is it always possible? Is it always a worthy goal?
Rev. Shana Lynngood – Typically, when someone says love, they are speaking of romantic, intimate love relationships. The word love, however, has a much broader set of ways it can be interpreted. The ancient Greeks, for example, had three distinct notions of love—agape, philia, and eros—only one of which had anything to do with romance.
How might we see this wider view of love as a sentiment shared not just between two people, but between neighbors or nations?
Kate Green – Just back from walking and walking and walking in Unitarian Service Committee’s highest elevation programs, in Humla Nepal, Kate Green brings us stories and challenges from her recent trip. The phrase ‘Namaste – where are you going’ occurred hundreds of times a day as she and her Nepali colleagues encountered others on the trails. Where are these communities going as food systems, weather and society change?Read more ›
Revs. Lynngood and Faye Mogensen – This service kicks off our month-long exploration of love. In song and readings and story we will explore the many facets of love. Often an image of romantic love is held up as the ideal to strive for, and yet it feels unrealistic or overly simplistic compared to our actual lived experience. How do we lift up and honor a more holistic vision of love?Read more ›
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