Services with audio transcripts

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.  

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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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April 2, 2017

The Thread You Follow

Reverends Emily and Marcus Hartlief with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs —

As we navigate the complexities of our lives, what guides our steps? What holds us steady? What changes our course? Some reflections on meaning and mysteries on life’s journey.

Revs. Emily and Marcus Hartlief serve the Vancouver North Shore Unitarian Church. With their one-year-old son Henry they moved from Rochester, NY, to the North Shore in July, 2016. They met and studied together at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif.

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March 26, 2017

A Refugee and Me

Sabine Lehr, Immigrant Services Manager, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle —

 Based on her work as manager of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, Sabine Lehr will share some personal learnings from her experience. Of her experience and message to us, Sabine says, “The ability to play a small role in addressing the global refugee crisis has been a wonderful gift I have been given. In the face of this crisis, when it is tempting to ask ourselves, ‘Where is God in all of this?’, I hope that we can contemplate together how a crisis of even such magnitude can show us a path to a new purpose in life.”  

Sabine Lehr’s passion is the protection of refugees. In her professional life, she manages the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. She also teaches graduate courses in global leadership and humanitarian studies at Royal Roads University. Sabine is a member of the Executive of the Canadian Council for Refugees and a member of the Council of the (Refugee) Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association of Canada.

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March 19, 2017

What Does Reconciliation Look Like?

Rev. Meg Roberts with Worship Associate Liz Graham —

In the journey of truth, healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples, what could reconciliation look like? What would need to be in place first before that could happen? I look forward to sharing some ideas from my story as I’ve been learning how to walk this path.  

Meg is in her fifth year doing quarter-time consulting ministry with Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship.  She lives in Vancouver and is a guest speaker and workshop leader in congregations around B.C. Meg also does Spirit Arts workshops: using creativity and the arts in spiritual exploration.

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March 12, 2017

We Who Believe in Freedom Shall Not Rest

NOTE: service starts at 11:30 (Daylight Savings Time) – Christopher Wulff, Ministerial Intern with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs —

For more than 100 years we have marked March 8th as International Women’s Day with marches and protests, celebrations and laments. How shall we celebrate the extraordinary successes of the women’s movement and sit with the experience of those who, at times, felt excluded by it? How do we hold the deep needs in ourselves, so potent in our hearts, and still hear the voices that ask us to draw the circle wider still? 

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