Past services

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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June 4, 2017

The Music and Life of Buffy St. Marie

Reverend Samaya Oakley  with Worship Associate Susan Layng —

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. In this service Rev. Samaya will highlight Buffy’s compassion and voice for Indigenous issues.

Reverend Samaya currently serves the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation as Minister and is Secretary for the Executive Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada (UUMOC). She also co-chairs a task force of the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide — a task force that is in the midst of creating reflection guides for Canadian Unitarian congregations around issues of the Indian Residential School system and its impact. She has been involved in Unitarian Universalism regionally, nationally and on the continent for more than 20 years.

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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. View livestream here, password 4FUmembers. 

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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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May 7, 2017

The Sacred Journey

The Very Reverend Dr. Logan McMenamie with Worship Associate Jane Wilson –

As an Anglican bishop, one of Logan’s areas of focus is healing, reconciliation, and relationships with the First Peoples of this land. In 2016, Bishop Logan began a physical and spiritual journey of reconciliation, walking 480 kilometres from Alert Bay to Victoria seeking permission from First Nations representatives to enter and stay on their traditional lands.

Acknowledging that the first entering of these lands was as colonists, asserting the right to ownership of the land and domination over its Indigenous peoples, he feels that we, in our generation, need to re-enter this land in a new way.

What will that new look be like for us? How do we learn from the people who have lived here for centuries? How do we re-enter this land? Today, Logan will share some of his journey with us. Details of Bishop Logan’s sacred journey.

Logan is an Anglican priest in Victoria and was installed as bishop in March 2014. Prior to graduating from the Vancouver School of Theology in 1986 with a Masters of Divinity he worked in a variety of engineering positions in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Logan has been married to Marcia for 39 years. They have seven children and twelve grandchildren.

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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.

Click here to read or download the transcript.

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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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