Services with audio transcripts

September 17, 2017

Remaking Promises

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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September 10, 2017

Shaped by Our Promises

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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August 27, 2017

Tao-ish:  A little less Rabbit & Eeyore, a little more Pooh Bear

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.

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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.  

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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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