Past services

July 2, 2017

Pride Service: Rainbow Connections

 Arran Liddel and Worship Associate Anna Isaacs –

Like any culture, queer culture changes over time. With these changes, we see ourselves and each other differently, both inside and outside of queer communities. We will share stories and reflections about how evolving queer identities offer a more nuanced understanding of love and  inclusion … and, of course, some fabulous music!

Arran Liddel moved to Victoria last year from Toronto (although he is Scottish) with his partner Gen to be near the ocean and trees. His work has focuses on building community as well as training and facilitation on issues related to healthy relationships, sexuality, conflict resolution and restorative justice/practices. He is currently doing a Masters of Divinity, focusing on earth-based spiritualities, at Cherry Hill Seminary.  

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June 25, 2017

Dwelling in the Realm of Death

Susan Breiddal  with Worship Associate Dan Klimke —

Intellectually, we all know that we are going to die. Whether we embrace this knowledge, understand it, run from it, or pretend it’s not going to happen, we all have an appointment with death. As Unitarians we are often willing to deal head-on with what most people find to be difficult issues. Dr. Breiddal will speak about her Lived Experience of encountering mortality on a daily basis in the palliative care setting in her role as hospice counsellor.

Susan Breiddal is a counsellor with Victoria Hospice. She works on a nurse/counsellor palliative response team, going into the community and responding to a crisis of a physical, mental, emotional, social or spiritual nature. Susan is a counsellor, writer and educator in the field of palliative care. She graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, Ca., and is presently a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria in Education Curriculum and Instruction.

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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.  

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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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