Services with audio transcripts

May 12, 2019

Curiosity Over Judgment

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu — 

Have you ever been judged? Not a helpful constructive critique based in loving support and respect, but unhelpful, demoralizing criticism – spoken or unspoken negative judgement.

Despite our intentions of living our Unitarian Universalist first principle – affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person – have you ever caught yourself silently (or not so silently) passing judgement on others?

How might we lean into the spiritual practice of curiosity instead of judgement?

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May 5, 2019

The Music of Cuba

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis — 

With special musical guests Michel Rivero Quartet.

This special service arranged by the Music committee invites us to explore the unique beauty and power of Cuban music. 

As we begin to explore curiosity, we will see how different musical forms can help spur our interest and openness to new things. We welcome Michel Rivero, a native of Havana who has lived in the Comox Valley since 2016.

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April 28, 2019

One Piece of a Larger Whole

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid – On this Sunday when we acknowledge and uplift our congregation’s connection to a larger Canada-wide community of Unitarian Universalists, we contemplate how that impacts our sense of the whole.

At times, we get so caught up in our own dilemmas and challenges and successes that we forget to look at how we fit into the big picture.

What is the state of the CUC? How do we fit in?

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April 21, 2019

Passover and Easter

Rev Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate  Lynne Bonner – This year, Easter and the week of Passover coincide.

As Unitarian Universalists, we draw wisdom from many of the world’s religions, including Judaism and Christianity, from which our own faith tradition descended. 

A story of fleeing from slavery, a story of persecution and resurrection – what inspiration might we draw from these enduring tales of struggle and resilience this year?

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April 14, 2019

Earth, Sky, & Sea

Arran Liddel and members of the Environmental Action Team with Worship Associate Shelley Motz – Join us for a multifaceted reflection on how the Earth, Sky, and Sea sustain us and how we can sustain them.

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April 7, 2019

The Whole Picture

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu – As we begin our exploration of the theme of wholeness we explore both its power and its limitations as a vision of becoming.

On the one hand, wholeness is an image that helps us envision what it might be like to live in such a way that encapsulates the many components of our being.

On the other hand, the concept of wholeness sometimes leaves people struggling with illness or ability challenges feeling less than. How can we honour the possibilities of wholeness without being constrained by it?

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March 31, 2019

The End of this Journey

Lay Chaplains and Liz Graham with worship associate Morgan Reid – Our congregation’s Lay Chaplains serve members of the larger community by helping them mark important way-stations on their life journeys. 

They are often asked to assist families in recognizing a life that has ended. In this service they will talk about the issues that have arisen from their clients and in their own lives about the way we, as a society, deal with death.

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March 24, 2019

Gandhi, Child Haven, and the Rest of Us

Rev. Wendy McNiven with worship associate Oliver Belisle – Child Haven International’s main purpose is to provide the necessities of life to otherwise destitute children, through its eight homes in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Tibet, operating with Gandhian principles. The creation of Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino,  Rev. McNiven tells of her own experience at one Child Have home. 

She will offer reflections about how Child Haven International contributes to the building of strong, caring communities — and what we might learn from it.
Rev. McNiven is a retired Unitarian minister. She and her spouse live in Courtenay and grandparent in Victoria.

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March 10, 2019

Dignity for All

 Rev. Shana Lynngood with worship associate Kressa Sisu – This Sunday in which we support the work and mission of our denominational office at the UN and explore this year’s focus, “When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All.” 

There has been much talk about those displaced from their homes or forced to flee, not all of it accurate. 

How do we more fully understand the challenges they face? What does their plight tell us about the state of our world, and the call of our spiritual tradition to honour the worth and dignity of all people?

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March 3, 2019

Growing Eden in the Heart of the City

Jen Rashleigh and Rev. Melora Lynngood with worship associate Samantha Magnus — In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), Rev. Melora and Lillie Lenz (our representative at the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association) invite Victoria Unitarian congregant Jen Rashleigh to share stories, learnings and dreams from Growing Eden, a garden project funded by Vancouver Unitarian, where Jen served previously as the associate director of Children and Youth Programming.  

The garden is a small slice of paradise in Southeast Vancouver, created especially for — and with -— refugee, newcomer and low-income moms and their young children. 

The success of this organizational partnership, and the strength of solidarity created among the families, teaches valuable lessons  from the soil up in how to create community, health, and food sovereignty.

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