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January 31, 2021

Be Realistic… Demand the Impossible!

Be Realistic… Demand the Impossible! – 

Arran Liddel – 

Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” In this last year, facing a global pandemic, we very quickly made many changes that seemed impossible to protect one another. To address the problems of climate destruction, racial injustice, housing, and food insecurity, and other oppressions we will need a similar level of ‘impossible’ change, though of a very different kind. 

What part can creativity, art, stories, fantasy, and utopias play in generating potential ways to move forward? Let’s flex our imagination muscles together to get us strong enough to dream ‘impossible’ solutions into future realities.

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January 31, 2021

Planning to Meet at Church?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play out, we as Unitarian Universalists and we as a UU congregation will continue to face uncertainty. The best we can do at any given time is to lean into our values as well as draw on the gifts and wisdom of our own people.

WorshipSunday morning worship will remain online until phase 4 of BC’s re-start plan which allows for larger gatherings (50 or more people) at a time.  This means we will plan for online worship through May 2021.  This may be revised if, for example, the BC government changes its guidelines.

A survey of church members and friends was undertaken in June to help the Board assess levels of risk tolerance. The results indicated that a majority felt vulnerable to COVID-19, and many were reluctant to take part in any in-person activities, especially indoors. A number of responses expressed concern to avoid setting up in-person church functions which would exclude those who felt unable to attend. Survey results can be found here.

Other GatheringsWe will follow BC guidelines for group meetings for each phase. We are currently in Phase 3, and need to follow BC’s Protocols for returning to operation.

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January 30, 2021

Connect During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed how we gather and connect. Through it all, rest assured that the church staff and community are still here for you — virtually and by phone. Here is how to connect with the community:

Sunday worship:

We continue to gather online at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The Zoom connection info will be emailed to all members and friends on Friday or Saturday.  You can connect by phone or online.  Check your inbox and then please join us.

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Kids and Families:

Social Justice Storytime: Picture book stories for all ages. Gather at 8:15 am Monday – Saturday.
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Pub Night:

Meets on Zoom on the first and third Mondays at 7 pm each month for informal social connection.  Email hopewell@telus.net to receive the Zoom link. 

Pastoral Care:

Contact one of our ministers–

  • Rev. Shana: cell (call or text) 250-891-6331
  • Rev. Melora: cell (call or text): 250-891-6330

For other enquires:

Steve Sharlow, Board President (if it is about church business and decision-making) sharlowsteve@yahoo.ca and 250-519-0400
Andy Lee, Chair of Committee on Ministry (if it is about a relational or church and ministry dynamics concern) andrew.lee@firley.ca and 250-858-5155
Barbara Boyle, Chair of Care and Concern (if in regard to a caring issue) barbara.boyle@shaw.ca and 250-381-0264

Communications and Church Business

Remote Office Holiday Hours

The Office will be closed from Dec. 24, 2020 to Jan. 2, 2021
Opening again at 9 am on Sun. Jan. 3

Shannon will be off over the holidays from Dec. 18, 2020 to Jan. 4, 2021 

Our church office and staff continue to work to keep us connected. Our weekly, newsletter, and sometimes special messages will be sent out to keep you posted on what is happening and how to remain plugged in to the community. Be sure to check the Church Calendar for upcoming Zoom meetings. 

Our office staff will be working remotely and you can still reach them during their regular work hours — their email addresses are unchanged. You can leave voicemail messages on the church phone 250-744-2665 as they will be retrieved each business day (not Friday or Saturday). 

You can reach Shannon about all Communications needs (setting up a Zoom meeting, sending out messages to the congregation, database, social media) at communications@victoriaunitarian.ca. 

You can reach Church Administrator, Niki, for questions about cheque requisitions, rental concerns, general office needs, or property questions that have arisen even while we don’t meet on West Saanich Road. Niki can be reached at churchoffice@victoriaunitarian.ca.

More than anything, we want you to know that we are still here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with a call, text, or email if you want to connect.

– Rev. Melora and Rev. Shana

 

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January 24, 2021

General Meeting – 2021 Annual Budget

During the General Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, to be held on Zoom at 12:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 24, members will be asked to approve the 2021 budget.

Two information sessions will be held via Zoom to inform the Congregation of matters considered in establishing the 2021 Budget and to allow for questions. The preliminary results for 2020 budget matters will also be reviewed. One Zoom session will be held after the service on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 12:30 pm: The second Zoom session will be held on Tuesday Jan. 19 at 7 pm.

Information on joining via Zoom is detailed in the E-Weekly.

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January 24, 2021

Somebodies and Nobodies

Somebodies and Nobodies –

Rev. Melora Lynngood – 

 Have you ever felt like a ‘nobody,’ like someone was dismissing you as ‘less than?’  Less intelligent, less worthy of attention, less worthy in general?  

In this service, we explore the idea of ‘rankism,’ as posited by Robert Fuller, the dismissal and discrimination of those with less power or status by those with more power or status. Rankism includes classism, racism, sexism, colonialism, and also much more.  

We’ll consider when we’ve been dismissed, and when we have (even unintentionally or subconsciously) dismissed others. And we’ll look at the practice that combats rankism: the practice of dignity, which is a deeper living of our first Unitarian Universalist principle, ‘we covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.’ 

Imagine what the world would be like if we all really did that!  This topic was chosen by the winner of the ‘topic on a sermon of your choice’ in last June’s service auction.

Join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the Sunday worship service. Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code.

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January 17, 2021

Religious Naturalism

Religious Naturalism – 

Rev. Shana Lynngood  – 

This year a member of our community asked me to reflect on the concept of religious naturalism as the auction sermon assignment. 

Religious naturalism, at base, is a view that finds spiritual/religious meaning in the natural world and rejects the idea of any supernatural realm. Many of you often say the natural world is at the heart of your spiritual practice and is where you turn for solace and meaning

How is that a religious or spiritual worldview? What does it mean to place the natural world at the heart of your spirituality?

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Join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the Sunday worship service. Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code.

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January 15, 2021

Welcome Visitors

Curious about our congregation?

Just discovered us?

A Unitarian from elsewhere? 

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic you can still get to know us.

You may view our Sunday services on Zoom. Just send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the Sunday worship service.

If you wish, please take a moment and fill out and submit the Visitor Form below:

 

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January 14, 2021

January 10, 2021

Imagination as Spiritual Practice

Imagination as Spiritual Practice – 

Rev. Melora Lynngood – 

 We delve into this month’s theme of imagination by considering how imagination might deepen our spiritual lives.  

From imaginary friends, to the soundtrack that plays in your head, to talking to trees, to dream fragments — how can imagination lead to insight? How might imagination give us the comfort or encouragement that empowers us to live in the world as the people we wish to be?

Join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the Sunday worship service.

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January 3, 2021

Exploring the World: A Way Home

Pablo Gándara Vázquez with Worship Associate Casey Stainsby –

When the connection between culture and identity is so strong, what can learning about others teach us about ourselves? And what can learning about ourselves teach us about the world around us? 

Pablo Gándara Vázquez will guide us on a journey of self reflection and inner discovery, discussing how exploring the wisdom of the indigenous peoples of British Columbia has helped him understand where he comes from and where he wants to go.

Pablo Gándara Vázquez is a Spanish sociologist who came to Canada to study English in 2014. Here he met his wife and became a community organizer for Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT).

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