Barry Wiebe
November 29, 2020

Comfort Me

Comfort Me

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner –

As the days get shorter and shorter, as the dreary weather settles in, as the pandemic stretches on, what brings you comfort?

What’s the difference between comfort that nourishes us and unhealthy escapism or wallowing stagnation?

When the world seems to be falling apart, when our personal lives drag us down and break our hearts, where can a Unitarian Universalist turn for comfort and healing?

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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November 22, 2020

Climate Justice

Climate Justice

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate David Vest –

This year’s Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office service focuses on climate justice.

In the midst of the existential threat of climate collapse, we can see that poor people, people of colour, and indigenous people are disproportionately impacted. How can we try to stem the tide of climate collapse and be just at the same time?

Jim Hemstock, UUUNO representative, and Jennifer Monin present personal reflections and offertory words.

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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November 15, 2020

Sustaining Our Light

Earlier than Usual! 10:00 a.m. –  

This national Sunday service, hosted by the Canadian Unitarian Council, is part of the National Fall Gathering weekend for Unitarian Universalists.

The service focuses on “Sustaining Our Light” during these unusual and troubling times. Filled with music and reflections, and with participation from Unitarian Universalists across Canada, the service explores why we need each other and offers opportunities for us to connect and create community together.

More information on the National Fall Gathering weekend.

The service is coordinated by:  Rev. Diane Rollert (Montreal), Rev. Wayne Walder (Neighbourhood, Toronto), Rev. Debra Faulk (Calgary), and Rev. Debra Thorne (Nanaimo).

(Stay tuned for a national service in February that will include Rev. Shana!)

Register with Zoom here to view the service.

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November 11, 2020

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Peter Scales with Worship Associate Fran Pardee –

Remembrance Day is a time to remember those who died in wartime, to consider why humans go to war, and to discuss how to strive for peace.

Our November 11th ceremony includes Unitarians who have served in the Canadian Forces, and speaks to all who never want to see war again. Today we welcome Capital UU Congregation and Salt Spring Island Unitarians.

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

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November 8, 2020

Living with Loss and Grief

Living with Loss and Grief

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Victoria Barr –

The Covid pandemic has brought grief and loss to the surface for all of us, both collectively and personally.

One of the most powerful things I listened to over the summer was an interview with Pauline Boss that explored ambiguous loss and complex grief.

How do we grieve when we feel more than a clear-cut sense of sadness? How do we grieve in a culture that tries to avoid it? How do we not try to move past or beyond our grief, but rather find a way to live with it accompanying us through the rest of our lives?

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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November 1, 2020

Gifts from Our Ancestors

Gifts from Our Ancestors

Rev. Melora Lynngood and Arran Liddel, Director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children and Youth with Worship Associate Beckham Ronaghan –

We have relationships with many of those who have gone before us – for some, this might be those with whom they are connected biologically, for others it may be people who have impacted their lives due to their social justice action, artistic expression, theological understandings, or scientific discoveries (for example).

In this service, we honour our ancestors and celebrate the gifts they have given us.

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October 31, 2020

2021 Annual Pledge

Stewardship is the act of taking care of something of value. It is an essential aspect of the life of this congregation.

Why do we need this place? Take a look.

Members and friends of our congregation — old-timers and newcomers — are its stewards. We share the privilege and responsibility of sustaining and growing its ministry through our volunteer time and financial contributions.

We call on each other to be generous stewards; recognizing that ‘generous’ is a relative term for each household. For more information view the 2021 ABC brochure.

Some members elect to make lump-sum payments either in advance or during the pledge year. Please complete the form and click Submit. Thank you.

You may also click here to  download this 2021 pledge form, print and mail to:

The Treasurer,

First Unitarian Church of Victoria,

5575 West Saanich Road, Victoria, V9E 2G1

Or you may click this button to contribute.


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October 25, 2020

Two Ears, One Mouth

Two Ears, One Mouth

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate  David Tietz – 

As we finish our month of exploring deep listening, we look at how important it can be to value listening twice as much as speaking.

What are we able to perceive when we listen more than we speak? Are there some people in our lives that we listen to closely with ease, and others to whom we often find ourselves giving mini speeches? 

How can we place deep listening at the heart of every interaction?

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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October 18, 2020

Listening as Spiritual Practice 

Rev Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Fran Pardee – 

How can the practice of listening help us to grow spiritually?  

If ‘spirituality’ is a felt sense of our interconnection, how can listening help us better connect – with one another, with our own inner wisdom, with the web of life that holds us all.

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October 11, 2020

Listening with Our Whole Bodies

Arran Liddel & Guest Musicians Holly Arntzen (of The Wilds) and Tom Arntzen with Worship Associate Casey Stainsby – 

Give thanks with a vespers-style service of eco folk music in celebration of this month’s Annual Budget Campaign. 

Music invites us to be fully alive and present in our whole bodies as we worship together in community.

Holly Arntzen, a singer, dulcimer player, and pianist, is an active participant on the Salish Sea eco-music scene with The Wilds Band, active in school music programs and part of a growing movement of Ecomusicology. Tom Arntzen, a pianist and singer, performs regularly at Vancouver clubs and events.

The Arntzen family is a particularly musical one, now in their third generation of performing.


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