Upcoming services

July 30, 2017

Principles and Virtues

Peter Scales with Worship Associate Oliver Belisle –  

What does it mean to be virtuous, and how does this goal manifest in our Unitarian Universalist principles? Which of the classical virtues match the UU principles, and which virtues have we abandoned?

Peter Scales joined both of Victoria’s congregations when he moved here from Kingston in 2004. After 21 years as a federal servant he semi-retired to part-time work as a historian, philosopher and old-car tinkerer. 

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July 23, 2017


Suresh Basrur with Worship Associate Susan Layng – 

Suresh Basrur practises and is a scholar of the Hindu faith. He participates in inter-faith activities in Victoria and speaks to audiences about Hindu religion, philosophy and practices, having authored many articles on this topic. Some of us know him as a patron of Child Haven International, which is a charity our church supports.

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July 16, 2017

Stoic Philosophy

Russell McNeil with Worship Associate Larry Boldt

Stoicism is a very simple philosophy. Everything in the universe is interconnected as in a web and governed by a universal natural law. Human beings are in this web, so are subject to the same laws as everything else. The human mind or psyche, as the Greeks referred to the soul, is not mysterious or alien – it is a natural power we all har- ness to take action – to do things with our lives. We call this power “reason.” The Stoics were guided by a natu- ral – yet divine – “law,” called Logos that rested firmly on the real laws of nature, or physics. Stoicism requires ab- solute authenticity and brutal honesty.

Russell McNeil has a PhD in Physics from York University. As a graduate student in the 1970s he pioneered a laser radar (LIDAR) technology which in its evolved form has been used to measure properties of the atmosphere from the surface of Mars (NASA “Phoenix” mission, 2010). In 2008 Russell wrote “The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Selections Annotated and Explained” for Skylight Paths. A life-long fitness enthusiast, Russell is certified as a Personal Trainer. Russell is also one of two lay chaplains at First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.


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July 9, 2017

Understanding Truth, Healing and Reconciliation through a Memorable Journey

Amanda Tarling with  Worship Associate Doug McGinnis – 

Based on a day-long experiential workshop, this is a unique and powerful service in which Amanda will lead us in re-creating an ancient First Nations community and then allow history to unfold around us. Come join us for an extraordinary and moving Sunday Service.

Amanda Tarling is one of the lay leaders of Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation and no stranger to Victoria Unitarian. Amanda has served many years as a Lay Chaplain and presents workshops for Lay Chaplains at the provincial and national level. An avid hiker and yogini, Amanda is passionate about finding spirituality in the forest. She graduated from McGill University in 1986 and lived in London for 10 years. Amanda is married with two amazing children, including a son with disabilities. 

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July 2, 2017

Pride Service: Rainbow Connections

Sunday, July 2, 10:30 am – 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.

View livestream here, password 4FUmembers.

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