Services with audio transcripts

March 5, 2017

Seeds … and Stories … of Change

Martin Settle, Co-Executive Director of USC Canada with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis —

Seven decades after USC Canada was born as the Unitarian Services Committee, our Seeds of Survival program is giving communities in Canada and around the world a renewed sense of possibility and independence. Protecting seeds and farmers’ rights yields much more than good food: it also sows a brighter future for farming families and for our planet. We share with you — our earliest and strongest supporters — our stories of change and hope.

Martin Settle is Executive Director of USC Canada, Canada’s oldest independent international assistance organization and a global leader in seed conservation. Passionate about global justice, Martin approaches the critical work of enhancing biodiversity as both an end in itself and as a gateway to transforming relationships, lives, and communities. He brings to you stories and firsthand experience of USC Canada’s “Seeds of Survival” program in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, and Canada.

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February 26, 2017


Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Dan Klimke –

Class is such a complex demographic category – based partly on income, partly on education, partly on type of employment, partly on… ill-defined cultural differences.  As class is complex, classism is complex.  Today we delve into the complexity, with an eye to uncovering classism we have absorbed and how we can work against it in society.  

Graphic by Dar Gareau-Levy


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February 19, 2017

Child Haven Sunday

Rev. Shana Lynngood and members of the Social Responsibility Coalition with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle —

Each year we set aside a Sunday to lift up and support the work of Child Haven International. Begun in 1985 by Bonnie and Rev. Fred Cappuccino, Child Haven International is a registered not-for-profit charity that assists children and women in India, Bangladesh, Tibet in China, and Nepal who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter and clothing, and emotional and moral support. Join us as we share stories of their important work. 

Graphic by Dar Gareau-Levy

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February 12, 2017

One More Step?

First Unitarian CUC Members with Worship Associate Susan Layng —

We, as Canadian Unitarian Universalists, envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice. Kjerstin Mackie, Diana Smith and Pat Kinrade, members of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) and of this congregation, will explore some questions about what our faith asks of us when we attempt to respond to the journey of healing and   reconciliation between Canadian Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people. It all begins with our stories. You will be reminded of your stories. We all have Aboriginal stories.  

Graphic by Dar Gareau-Levy

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February 5, 2017

When Justice is Not Clear to Everyone

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Larry Boldt —

This Sunday at 10:30 am we look at our new national Unitarian Universalist vision states that “our interdependence calls us to love and justice.”  What do we do when we can’t agree on what ‘justice’ is in a given situation?  What do you do when something that seems so clear to you is not clear to someone else? What do you do when the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ of a given issue is unclear to you?  How do we walk through the greys and the disagreements, and still move together toward love and justice in the world?

Graphic by Dar Gareau-Levy


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January 29, 2017

A Changing Political and Economic Climate

 Rev. Lawrence Scyner with Worship Associate Dar Gareau-Levy –

We live in the age of the individual. Economic and political life reflects this. How do we, who are committed to ecological and social justice, address our concerns so that they will be heard by those in positions of power? How can we hope to receive a positive response to these concerns?

GVAT (Greater Victoria Acting Together) is one strategy born of successful experience in the Social Justice arena. By connecting with other concerned groups and forming coalitions with churches, unions, non-profit societies and individuals we hope to have a positive impact on the quality of life in our community.

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Lawrence Scyner was born in England, but moved to Montreal and McGill more than 50 years ago.  An Anglican Church priest, he is a professional social worker who has spent most of his working life working with people suffering from mental illness, or with significant social problems. Rev. Scyner’s last job was director of a family counselling agency in Victoria. His commitment to social justice stretches from Montreal to Victoria, having been involved in the establishment of Our Place a decade ago. After three years as an interim priest-in-charge, he now spends his time at St John the Divine Anglican Church, Victoria, where he volunteers in the social justice arena.

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January 22, 2017

Dreaming the New into Being

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Faye Mogensen, Director of Spiritual Exploration for Children and Youth, with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs –

Creation involves dreaming, imagining and making connections. It also needs time, perseverance, courage and openness. In this Intergenerational Service, we’ll play with all of the above.

We invite children and youth to join the adults in the sanctuary for the entire service. Child-minding will be available in the Sunflower Room for our youngest and/or most restless youngsters.

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January 15, 2017

What Music Can Do

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Susan Layng —

This year’s auction sermon for me is an invitation to explore the power and meaning of music.

In all forms across the globe, music serves as an amazing conveyor of feeling and communicator about place and time and the human condition. This morning I will try to put into words some of the remarkable properties of music. Our Sunday services are available to those at home. Click here for live stream. Password is 4FUmembers

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January 8, 2017

Creation and Fear

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle –

This month, we consider “creation: the practice of bringing something new into being.”  What new things do you bring into being – in a given day, over your lifetime?

To what extent does fear inhibit your creative efforts?  To what extent does it spur you on – to what extent do you feel the fear and do it anyway?


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January 1, 2017

Sometimes a Little Shocking

Intern Minister Christopher Wulff with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis –

Though some think it’s more than a little bit crazy, a great many people greet each new year by plunging into frigid water. A polar bear dip is a bracing way to start a new adventure, certainly. But sometimes it takes a shock to set us on new paths, to make the space that helps us let old things go and embark on a new quest.

The last page of the calendar has been turned and a new unfilled grid of days heralds the space of the coming year. How will you spend yours?

Graphic by Dar Gareau-Levy

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