November 19, 2017

Theme Exploration

Sign up for Theme Exploration

Stand-alone, one-time, drop-in, open-to-anyone, after-church, theme exploration sessions.  Based on the Soul Matters program, but single sessions.  Come to one or both.

Sunday, November 19

12:15pm – 2:15pm


The practice of reflecting upon the places and people from which we come

Kids?  Open to Youth (teens) and Adults. Childminding for children available with advance notice.

Food:  You are invited to partake in the “Souper Lunch” offered in the sanctuary after the service, before the program.  Soupers are by donation – give what you can afford.

Location: Farmhouse Common Room (in the building just north of sanctuary building, follow the signs for the office)

Email your RSVP to Rev. Melora with “theme exploration” in the subject heading, or call/text Rev. Melora at 250-891-6330.

More details here.



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November 12, 2017

Spirited Jazz

7pm – Chris Millington Quartet with Rev. Shana Lynngood – 

We explore The Voice of the Sax this Sunday evening. Our jazz vespers series blends the gifts and skills of local jazz artists with a brief spiritual message and some time for silent reflection. This month we welcome Chris Millington, sax, and Brad Clarke on drums. Please join us.

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November 11, 2017

Remembrance Day: Big Questions

10:30 am — Peter Scales with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke —

Remembrance Day is a time to remember those who died in wartime, and to consider the Big Questions surrounding war and peace. Our November 11th ceremony includes Unitarians who have served and who are serving in the Canadian and other Forces, and speaks to all who never want to see war again.

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October 29, 2017

Intergenerational Walk– Bring the kids!

12 noon – Walk the trail to Tod Inlet.

• Meet in the Sanctuary at 12 noon after the Sunday service to organize carpooling.

• Bring a bag lunch. (If it’s rainy we’ll eat in the Sanctuary
before the walk. If clear, we’ll picnic at Tod Inlet.)

• Dress in weather-wise clothes and non-slip foot-
wear. Remember, walking in the rain can be fun too — and good for the soul. As our son’s daycare provider says, “There’s no such thing as bad weather — just bad clothing.”

• Located in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, the hike to Tod Inlet passes through a lush forest above Tod Creek before reaching the scenic inlet that is home to many different types of plants and wildlife. The main trail to the inlet has a fairly gradual hill and is relatively easy, requiring you to walk uphill on the way back. Click here for more information about Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.

The hike starts on Wallace Drive, about 4 kms north of the church. We’ll walk down to lovely Tod Inlet where we hope to picnic before strolling back uphill. Horizontal distance from Wallace Drive to Tod Inlet is about 1.5 km; elevation change is about 60 m. The trail is wide with good footing.

Email Rev. Melora if you plan to come, or cell/text 250-891-6330. use the subject “walk.”

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October 22, 2017

‘The Eulogy I Never Gave’

The Annual Lecture of the Canadian Unitarian and Universalist Historical Society (CUUHS), Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 pm to 3 pm, live stream in Lion Hall — Reverend Dr. Mark Belletini,  Minister Emeritus,  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio, will speak on “The Eulogy I Never Gave — Mark Mosher DeWolfe of Canada.”

Reverend Mark Mosher DeWolfe was minister of the Unitarian Congregation of South

Mark Mosher DeWolfe

Peel (renamed the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga) from 1982 to 1988 when he died from AIDS.

Later the University of Toronto Press published a book, based on 10 of Rev. DeWolfe’s sermons, entitled Time to Live: A Unitarian Universalist Perspective, a deep invitation into modern UU theology.

Openly gay, he was an extraordinary advocate for Toronto’s LGBT community, particularly those affected by AIDS in the early days of the outbreak. He also wrote curricula for the Unitarian Universalist Association on diversity and inclusion. The history luncheon at the Canadian Unitarian Council’s annual meeting is named for him, as a former president of the organization.

“I knew Mark before he went to seminary,” says Rev. Belletini.  “I had dinner with him in Bologna. I had the most memorable conversation in my life with him about a month before he died. But although his life intersected with my own in the history of the last century, his life impacted many hundreds besides me. This is a history lecture generated by love as much as study and research.”

The annual lecture of the CUUHS will stream from their event in Toronto.

The CUUHS 2016 Lecture on Lotta Hitschmanova is now available for viewing on Youtube.

To help sponsor the 2017 lecture and other future lectures  please join the Canadian Unitarian and Universalist Historical Society. Membership is $20 for one year; $50 for three years. Cheques should be made out to CUUHS c/o CUC.

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