Past services

December 17, 2017

Hearing Old Stories in New Ways – An Intergenerational Service

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Faye Mogensen with Worship Weaver Shelley Motz –

We will explore one of the central stories of the season from differing perspectives, focusing especially on the Huron Carol.

Join us for a service full of storytelling and exploration of how we can be present to the many meanings a story stirs within us.

What do we see as modern people? How does a different cultural perspective add to our understanding? How can we be present to old stories in new ways?

This is Faye’s last service with us. Come and wish her a fond farewell!

Children and youth are invited to remain with us for the whole service. 

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December 10, 2017

The Present of Your Presence

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Weaver Oliver Belisle –

Winter holidays can make us frantic with busy-ness, sometimes cranky, sometimes even melancholy. We’re told that the best present is our presence.

How do we sink down into that grounded sense of inner-peace, from which we are able to be our best selves, fully present for others with love, care, and steady calm? 

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December 3, 2017

Transformation – from the barnyard to the wider world

Jan Greenwood with Worship Weaver Dan Klimke –

Jan Greenwood has been a member of several Unitarian Universalist communities and is presently a member of Capital UU in Victoria.  She nurtured the loves of her life, her flock of children, in Victoria then later lived in B.C.’s interior.  She is an avid outdoors person, former nurse, social activist and lover of music.

Join us as she shares some of the ups and downs of her life, such as situations and lessons learned as she grappled with a pivotal moment of her early years which became a lifelong exploration and which prompted a strong sense of what fairness and justice mean. Much later, an invitation to attend a potluck supper led to a welcoming community which enlightened, encouraged choices and solidified the principles she aspired to. 

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November 26, 2017

Sorting Through our Ancestral Baggage

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz —

This month, we’ve been considering our ancestry, and holding up the people and traditions we wish to honour.  What happens when we find parts of our heritage that we don’t necessarily want to pass on as part of our own legacy?

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November 19, 2017

Generations in the Making

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Samantha Magnus —

We rarely stop to think about the fact that our very existence and particular life circumstances were set in motion by a line of ancestors. The life we live now was made possible by lives that went before us. What have we inherited from them? How well do we honour their memory? What can we learn from the cultures and traditions that place a high value on honouring our ancestors?

 

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November 12, 2017

Rituals and Peace

Presenters: Kjerstin Mackie, Anne Vaasjo, Oceanna Hall with Worship Associate Liz Graham —

Your Lay Chaplains are presenting a two-fold service. They will discuss their work in offering rites of passage to the greater community and how it affects their lives. They will also lead us in co-creating a short participatory ritual of rededication for our congregation’s Peace Pole immediately after the service. Those who are interested in participating are invited to bring something meaningful: a tablespoon of earth, water from a special source, a special flower or a stone.

 

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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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November 5, 2017

Honouring Our Ancestors

Rev. Melora Lynngood & Co. with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs —

Some people celebrate All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead around this time of year. Join us for this special Unitarian Universalist service in which we honour our own ancestors – our genetic ancestors as well as our ‘spiritual ancestors;’ the people whose legacy we choose to carry within us. All ages welcome at this service.

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October 29, 2017

Better Together

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Larry Boldt –

Our North American mindset frequently leads us to turn toward individualism. We go it alone all too often.

How different would our world be if instead we were inclined toward seeing our selves and our lives as richer in meaning by finding the ways and places where we connect. What if we go it together?

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October 22, 2017

Healing in the Hard, Hard Times

Christopher Wulff, Ministerial Intern, with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke –

“Upon the table she lay. We spoke words. We sang songs. We wrapped her and we wept over her. In this place and in this time, we were not alone.”

In the hardest times, we need one another the most and yet we often struggle to know what to do. How do we learn to sit in the space of sorrow and hold another, to offer healing when loss is most profound?

How will we choose to heal the world?

 

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