Past services

January 7, 2018

Standing Up and Speaking Out

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Shelley Motz –

What can we learn from the #metoo movement and other powerful examples of collective action for change?

We begin our exploration of the monthly theme Resistance and 2018 by looking at one of the first aspects that leaps to mind of the word “resistance”.

How do we resist the systems and structures in our world that hold so many down? What does it look like to resist what is and advocate for new ways of being?

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December 31, 2017

Here and Now: A Reflection on Time

Oliver Belisle with Worship Weaver Anna Isaacs –

As a new year approaches, we take a moment to reflect on the nature of time, the joy of presence, and the obstacles that may prevent us from staying connected to the Now.

These topics have been addressed by sages, philosophers, and spiritual teachers for centuries, and in modern times, people like Alan Watts, Ram Das, and Eckhart Tolle have done tremendous work to raise awareness of the present moment.

What can we gain from their work, and how can we apply their insights to our day-to-day lives? 

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December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Vespers

8:00 p.m. – Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Weaver Larry Boldt –

This contemplative service will include traditional lessons and carols as well as a contemporary lesson. How will the story of the birth of baby Jesus speak to you this year?

We will offer one another “tidings of comfort and joy” as we lift up our hopes for peace and goodwill to all.

Special music will be offered by Braden and Hilary Young.

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December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Service for All Ages

4:30 pm – Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Weaver Shelley Motz –

Unitarian Universalism draws on wisdom from many of the world’s religions.  Join us on Christmas Eve as we reflect on the Christian story of Jesus’ birth and the ways in which we can hear this ancient story anew each December.

This is a service for all ages – bring the kids!  The service will include lots of carols and the traditional candle lighting during “Silent Night.”

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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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