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May 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.

Click here for more info.

Kids and Families:

Social Justice Storytime: Picture book stories for all ages. Gather at 8:15 am Monday – Saturday.
Click here for more info.

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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May 30, 2021

Meet on Zoom

Although we must stay apart for our health during the pandemic committee chairs and and team leaders may still have their meetings by using Victoria Unitarian’s Zoom with each participant using their own computer, laptop or cellphone.

Victoria Unitarian’s Zoom program permits only one meeting at a time – and will bump off the first group if another one starts a meeting  – so use a wide margin of time between meetings.

To book a time check the calendar then if your time is available email the office.

How to participate in a Zoom session: https://youtu.be/fGbpwZNW3oI

For training/tutorials, webinars and best practices https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/201740096

Short tutorials on scheduling a/o participating in meetings:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

Click here to read the Zoom cheat sheet.

If you still have a question or just need encouragement to use Zoom, contact Wally du Temple wallydutemple@telus.net

 

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April 25, 2021

Unfolding Life

Unfolding Life

Rev. Shana Lynngood with worship associate Fran Pardee – 

 The season of Spring reminds us that becoming often looks like unfolding. 

We lean out into life and learn things along the way, adding detail and colour and growth into the mix. 

How do we allow the unfolding rather than force it? How do we ensure that we notice the lessons and the beauty along the way? 

This will be the final Lynngood Sunday for a few months (until August 22) as we unfold into the renewal of sabbatical before (we hope!) we resume in-person services in the fall.

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

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April 18, 2021

Earth Day

Earth Day

Ken Wu of the Endangered Ecosystem Alliance with worship associate David Tietz 

As usual on Earth Day we focus on our seventh principle: Respect for the interdependent web of being of which we are all part.

Join members of the Environmental Action Team and presenter Ken Wu from the Endangered Ecosystem Alliance and learn more about the ecosystems which sustain us and how we might protect and restore them.

Ken has worked in the environmental movement for over a quarter century, first volunteering for his Calgary high school environmental club in 1990. 

He was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Ancient Forest Alliance between 2010 to 2018, and served as the Executive Director and Campaign Director of the Wilderness Committee in Victoria between 1999 to 2010. He graduated from the ecology and evolutionary biology department at the University of British Columbia and previously worked as a biologist, tree-planter, and math tutor.

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

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April 11, 2021

Exploring Unitarian Universalism and our Congregation

Curious to know more about Unitarian Universalism and our Victoria Unitarian congregation?

Join the online discussion on Sunday, April 11 from 12:30. Exploring Unitarian Universalism and our Congregationto learn more about events and activities within our community and to introduce some of the history, stories and theology of Unitarian Universalism to learn about our unique spiritual community.

This is a time to connect with others who are new to exploring this community as well as connecting with Rev. Shana Lynngood and some members of the congregation. 

We will outline the pathway to becoming a member or friend of the congregation. Please email Rev. Shana with your questions and wonderings.

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April 11, 2021

Ramadan

Ramadan

Rev. Melora Lynngood with worship associate David Vest – 

Ramadan begins the evening of April 13 this year and continues through to May 12.  

We’ll look at what meaning this tradition has for Muslim Unitarian Universalists, as well as any insights this season of reflection might offer to Unitarian Universalists of all faiths.

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

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April 10, 2021

Social Justice Storytime

A daily Time For All Ages where all UU’ers, from newborns to the elderly and everyone in between can light a chalice, breathe, and enjoy a social justice themed picture book.rainbow egg

Saturday mornings at 8.30 am (approx 15 mins). Join us online: https://tinyurl.com/SJS-Spring21. If you have any trouble joining us please email Arran

Light our chalices together (if you have one); take three deep, centring breaths together.

Lindsay or Arran (or a guest) will read a social justice themed picture book. While they are reading, you’re encouraged to type your reactions on the chat thread in Zoom.

Take three deep, centring breaths together; extinguish our chalices together.

Tips: click on the “gallery” setting so we can see each other’s faces, and have your microphone muted if you are not talking.

More details here.

 

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April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday: Post-Pandemic Resurrection

Rev. Shana Lynngood with worship associate Casey Stainsby – 

As we begin to see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, the idea of resurrection takes on, perhaps, new and profound meaning. 

What does the Christian story of Easter, of life after death and transformation say to us in our current context? What will life after the tomb of loss and isolation and reflection look like? How can we prepare ourselves for the resumption of some of life’s rhythms? 

What are we returning to that we would like to have resume as it was, what do we hope has changed?

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March 30, 2021

Transgender Inclusion Course

Sign up now with Rev. Melora, Rev. Shana, or Arran. 

An online course designed by a UU organization. Groups facilitated by Rev. Melora, Rev. Shana, and Arran Liddel, director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children & Youth.  Geared toward people from generally LGBTQ-welcoming congregations like Victoria Untarian who want to deepen their understanding of gender and transgender identities and are invested in creating truly trans-affirming faith communities. Designed for people of all genders and has an intersectional perspective. 

The Discussion Groups: 

Each Group gathers 3 times to discuss the online material.

Please choose ONE group:

Tuesday 1 pm-3 pm, facilitated by Rev. Melora

  • March 30
  • April 27

Sign up by adding your name to this google sign-up sheet, or email Rev. Melora with subject heading “transgender inclusion” or text/call 250-891-6330

Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm, facilitated by Rev. Melora 

  • February 24
  • March 31
  • April 28

Sign up by adding your name to this google sign-up sheet, or email Rev. Melora with subject heading “transgender inclusion” or text/call 250-891-6330

Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, facilitated by Rev. Shana

  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 29

Sign up by adding your name to this google sign-up sheet, or email Rev. Melora with subject heading “transgender inclusion” or text/call 250-891-6330

Group for Parents and SELCY Volunteers, facilitated by Arran 

  • At a time mutually agreed upon by group; to express interest, email Arran Liddel, director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children & Youth, or phone 778-557-3492

The Online Material   

Time: Whenever works for you!

There are six sessions, which we are combining into 3 sets (we’ll discuss 2 sessions at each of our 3 group discussions). Each session includes a 45- to 55-minute online video lecture by instructors Mykal and Alex, reflection questions, resources to take it deeper, and a short informal quiz. 

  • Sessions 1 and 2 are designed to ground you in this work, theologically, spiritually, and historically, and help you explore why we are called as people of faith to dismantle gender-based oppression—as well as exploring how each and every one of us are impacted by it and practices that can help us stay present.
  • Sessions 3 and 4 explore gender diversity and the lived experiences of trans people—including the ways that race, class, and other factors influence those experiences—along with trans spirituality.
  • Sessions 5 and 6 are all about culture and how to transform it. Expanding the circle of inclusion within a congregation or faith group requires understanding the unique culture of that group, along with how that culture works to include or exclude. 

At the end of this course we will have a number of practices, frameworks, and tools that to help create an action plan for being radically welcoming to trans/non-binary people in our congregation. 

Questions, contact Rev. Melora rev.melora@gmail.com , text/call 250-891-6330

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March 28, 2021

Getting Rooted: Doing What You Can, with What You’ve Got, Where You Are

Arran Liddel with worship associate Emily Tietz – 

 “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are,” is a call made popular by Theodore Roosevelt. 

We all have different gifts and access to different resources. 

How can we use them to strengthen our commitment to where we are?

View service here.

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