Services with audio transcripts

January 20, 2019

Possibilities for U (and U)

Rev. Melora Lynngood and Worship Associate Oliver Belisle – 

It’s been true for a while now.  Many mainstream progressive Protestant religions are losing members. Unitarian Universalism (UU ism) isn’t declining quite as drastically as the others – in many congregations, we are holding steady— but we’re not growing either.  

Also, we have fewer Gen X‘ers and Millennials in our ranks than other ages. Why? We are a vibrant intergenerational community of progressive people that care for one another and the world we share. We support one another – and learn from one another – as we walk our various and varied spiritual paths. How can we offer this gift in a way that makes it accessible to a wider range of people? What new ways of doing things might we try?

This topic was chosen by the auction winner of the ‘sermon topic of your choice’ at our last ‘action auction.’

This service begins with a Child Dedication Ceremony for baby Bowen Winter Sterling.

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January 13, 2019

Open and Willing

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Doug McGinnis –

Part of exploring possibility has to do with how much we think the possible is possible.

Are we set in our ways?

Do we think things are as they will always be? Or, are we open to what may yet be?

What are you open to and what feels set or forgone in your life?

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January 6, 2019

What We’ve Done, Where We’re Going 

Sonya Ignatieff, Susan Layng and Philip Symons, with Worship Associate Samantha Magnus, explore where we are headed as a member organization of GVAT (Greater Victoria Acting Together). They will review our accomplishments over the past year – training new leaders, conducting listening campaigns and holding our Discernment Day as 22 diverse organizations came together to set our platform for 2019.  

Where are we going as we harness the incredible power to make a difference in our communities? The possibilities are endless! 

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December 30, 2018

The Selfish Act of Giving

Charity and volunteering are almost always framed as altruistic actions, with all the focus on how someone else will benefit from our good deed.

Ryan Guenther and Worship Associate Oliver Belisle explore why, in fact, we often feel guilty about deriving pleasure from something which is supposed to be selfless. 

This is completely backwards, doing good should feel good because it’s good, and it’s okay to admit it. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, but a stairway to heaven can be built from selfish acts.

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December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Family Service — Familiar and Mysterious

Service at 4:30 pm for all ages with Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke — 

The Christmas story is so familiar that we have it memorized; and many have even become somewhat numb to its magic and charms because of its annual retelling. And yet, it has within it many mysteries and much beauty. In this intergenerational service, we will explore how to hear the story anew and seek a fresh connection to the message and possibility it contains.


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December 23, 2018

Experiencing the Mystery

Experience a sense of mystery in this service built of music, poetry, chanting, and meditation with Rev. Melora Lynngood and Worship Associate Shelley Motz


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December 16, 2018

At Home in the Unknown

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sissu — 

There is so much in life that is unknown and unknowable. 

How do we make peace with that fact? Can we even go so far as to find a home in that unknowing? 

Are there ways we can befriend the mysteries of human existence so that we can live with a greater sense of peace and calm in our everyday lives?

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December 9, 2018

Mystery Averse

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis — 

Does the unknown make you wary or uncomfortable? Would you rather know than not know? 

Unitarian Universalists are often thought of as people who are comfortable in the ‘grey’ zone, people who embrace the mystery. But that’s not easy for all of us. 

In this service, we look at the spiritual challenges presented to those of us who tend to be mystery averse.

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November 25, 2018

The Landscapes of Our Lives

Maureen Gruben, Artist in Residence, and Reverend Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Samantha Magus — 

Inspired by some of the artwork of Maureen Gruben and her home region of Tuktoyaktuk, NT, we will reflect together on the power of place. 

How does the landscape of our home shape us? How can we honour the homes of others, especially Indigenous people? 

Maureen Gruben

As we reflect on what it means to be a people of memory this Sunday we will explore how we can re-member who and where we are from, and honour those who have been forcibly removed from the landscapes they called home.

Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, NT; she graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria in 2012.

Her practice combines industrial, domestic, and land-based techniques and materials to create multidisciplinary works that share intimate perspectives on contemporary life in the Western Arctic, and address broadly relevant cultural and environmental concerns. Prior to her BFA,Gruben studied at Kelowna Okanagan College of Fine Arts (Diploma in Fine Arts, 1990), the Enʼowkin Centre in Penticton (Diploma in Fine Arts and Creative Writing, 2000,  and Certificate in Indigenous Political Development & Leadership, 2001).

She has been recognized by Kelownaʼs En’owkin Centre with both their Eliza Jane Maracle Award (1998/99) and their Overall Achievement Award (1999/2000). In 2011 she was awarded the Elizabeth Valentine Prangnell Scholarship Award from the University of Victoria.

Gruben has exhibited in group shows including Blink at University of Victoria (2012), and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (2015), 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact at Art Gallery of Guelph (2017-18), and as part of Landmarks/Reperes2017. She has had recent solo shows at Vancouver’s grunt gallery, UNGALAQ (When Stakes Come Loose) (2017), and at the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, QULLIQ: In Darkness, Light (2018). View Maureen Gruben’s artwork.

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November 18, 2018

Insights of Memory

Reverend Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner — 

What is your earliest memory? What memories do you most cherish? 

We often talk about the spiritual practice of being in the moment. 

How might we approach memory as a spiritual practice? What insights might we uncover? How might it help us grow? 

Comforting or challenging, how might the practice of memory help us lean into being the kind of people we long to be? 

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