Past services

March 25, 2012

Emily Carr’s Spiritualist

 

Molly Raher Newman, local actor and historian, has been inhabiting the role of Emily Carr since 1999. Early in her career she was invited by Ken Lane to come to life as Carr in Victoria’s Wax Museum. The public at Emily Carr House and elsewhere eagerly and endlessly enter her fantasy. Those who like their Carr sober and rueful might find it hard to accept this ebullient re-enactment, but let’s remember that Carr herself cherished her native nickname: Klee Wyck, The Laughing One. Molly’s business card reads “artist-actress-musician.

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March 18, 2012

UN Sunday

Guest speakers with our congregational UN representative, Patrick Conroy.
Our United Nations Service will explore some of the issues that concern Victoria’s citizens.

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March 11, 2012

Saving Time in a Bottle

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Rev. Melora Lynngood – On this day when we set our clocks forward an hour, we examine the concept of time. Some gurus of spiritual enlightenment advise us to live in the present moment, for it is the only moment that is really real. Those of us who like to plan, wonder if it isn’t wise to spend at least some time planning for the future. And what
about the past? Isn’t there value in honouring, preserving, learning about and from the past? Past, present, future — how do we find our balance as we walk through time?

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March 4, 2012

Where Do You Come From?

John Elliott, Guest Speaker,  in collaboration with the Welcoming and Diversity Committee and Rev. Shana Lynngood.
We will look this morning at the importance of place in our lives. How much have we been formed or shaped by home? How has identity been impacted by our sense of place or displacement? An elder in the Tsartlip First Nation will share his wisdom.

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February 26, 2012

The Challenge of Forgiveness

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Reverend Melora Lynngood – In this service, we focus on the love within personal relationships, and take a particular look at the challenge of forgiveness. We human beings are fallible. The maintenance of human relationships requires a way for repair and renewal when mistakes are made. How does
forgiveness work? What does it require? Is it always possible? Is it always a worthy goal?

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February 19, 2012

Love is More Than a Feeling

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Rev. Shana Lynngood – Typically, when someone says love, they are speaking of romantic, intimate love relationships. The word love, however, has a much broader set of ways it can be interpreted. The ancient Greeks, for example, had three distinct notions of love—agape, philia, and eros—only one of which had anything to do with romance.
How might we see this wider view of love as a sentiment shared not just between two people, but between neighbors or nations?

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February 12, 2012

“Namaste, Where Are You Going?”

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Kate Green – Just back from walking and walking and walking in Unitarian Service Committee’s highest elevation programs, in Humla Nepal, Kate Green brings us stories and challenges from her recent trip. The phrase ‘Namaste – where are you going’ occurred hundreds of times a day as she and her Nepali colleagues encountered others on the trails. Where are these communities going as food systems, weather and society change?

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February 5, 2012

Aspects of Love

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Revs. Lynngood and Faye Mogensen – This service kicks off our month-long exploration of love. In song and readings and story we will explore the many facets of love. Often an image of romantic love is held up as the ideal to strive for, and yet it feels unrealistic or overly simplistic compared to our actual lived experience. How do we lift up and honor a more holistic vision of love?

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January 29, 2012

Oh, the Places We’ve Been!

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Lay Chaplains Fran Pardee, Joyce Murphy, Liz Graham – Unitarians believe everyone has a right to a rite. This congregation has three active lay chaplains reaching out to
non-Unitarians who wish to mark their major life events with rites of passage that reflect who they truly are. Hear some stories about the ‘Who, Where, What and How’ of your lay chaplains’ work. Perhaps you would like to consider putting your faith into action in this way.

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January 22, 2012

Death and Dying

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Rev. Melora Lynngood – In explaining death to a child, it has been said, “Each life on earth is like a story– it has a beginning, middle, and end.” In this service, we consider those final chapters of life. We will ponder the spiritual challenges that arise in the face of death.

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