Services with audio transcripts

September 1, 2019

What Is Mine to Do

Rev. Carrie Hunter with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu — Behind the creative power of every human mind is a better way to think and a better way to live.

More than ever, as we look at the world today, we may be longing for this – not just for ourselves but for every living being. That can feel overwhelming. How does one person make a difference?

Rev. Carrie Hunter takes us on a journey of self-discovery with this presentation. She has been a Science of Mind minister for 15 years and practitioner for 22 years. Rev. Hunter also has a background in journalism, film and television and as a communications consultant. She is presently the Senior Minister for the Centre for Spiritual Living, Victoria.

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August 25, 2019

Blessing of the Animals

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis – Come one, come all! Come bipeds, come quadrupeds! Dogs, cats, gerbils, lizards, fish, teddy bears — all are welcome! 

In this service, we honour the gifts that animals bring to our lives. Bring your pets (appropriately leashed or

caged), beloved stuffed animals, or mementos of your pets (e.g. if your cat would not enjoy such an outing, bring a photo and its favourite toy or collar.) 

There will also be a time to remember the pets we have lost: bring photos and mementos of any beloved animal companion you would like to remember with a candle lighting. 

This is a participatory service for all ages – kids are welcome to stay for the whole service.

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August 11, 2019

Spiritual but not Religious?

Dan Klimke with Worship Associate  Madelaine Clarke – As Unitarian Universalist’s, many of us identify with the phrase “spiritual but not religious,” a popular expression used to self-identify a life-stance of spirituality that takes issue with organized religion as the sole or most valuable means of furthering spiritual growth.

Turns out, this is the fastest growing faith identity in North America.

But what does it really mean? Where does Unitarian Universalism fit with “spiritual but not religious?” What role does or should community play in support of those identifying as spiritual but not religious?

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July 28, 2019

Building Bridges

Shelley Motz with Worship Associate Morgan Reid – As Unitarian Universalists, we talk a lot about our commitment to building bridges. (Hey, it is even the title of one of the songs in our hymnal.)

But how do we do it? Who are our role models, and what can they teach us? Join Shelley Motz for an exploration of real and metaphorical bridges.

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July 21, 2019

Everyday Miracles

Mitra Agni Atma with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke – Einstein stated, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Most people walk the line between the two – almost nothing is a miracle, yet the possibility of “some grand sign from beyond” is held in hope in the recesses of mind.

What is your perception? Are you all or nothing, or do you walk the middle road? Mitra invites you to explore practices to demystify miracles and facilitate a perspective-shift from nothing, or maybe rare events, to everything as miracle. This transformation leads to spontaneous joy as we re-cognize the extraordinary in the ordinariness of everyday life.

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July 14, 2019

Us and Them

Dar Levy with Worship Associate Samantha Magnus – Each of us have at our core the belief that we are just as worthy as the next person, and yet we are continually being judged by a set of criteria that seems more interested in maintaining a system of privilege than opening doors to diversity.

We are all doing the best we can in a world that seems bent on pitting us against each other, and dividing us with resentments and misunderstandings. Can we do better?

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July 7, 2019

Betwixt Karma and Grace

Reverend Helen McFadyen with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner –  In Christian theology, “Grace” is understood as receiving God’s unexpected, unmerited blessings or divine favour, even when one has behaved badly. For Buddhists, “Karma” has to do with cause and effect; for every action, there will always be a reaction. 

If Grace is about getting what you don’t deserve and Karma brings us exactly what we do deserve because of an immutable law of the universe, is there a spiritual law or truth that Unitarian Universalists can glean betwixt these?

Rev. McFadyen hails from Montreal, has lived in cities and towns all across Canada and is delighted to now call Victoria home. She is a new member of FUCV, and volunteers from off-site with our Transportation Task Force.

She owns and operates a consultant business focused on accessibility and inclusion. She works for the Unitarian Universalist Association as Administrative Director of AIM — the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry certification program for UU congregations.

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June 16, 2019

The Many Forms of Beauty

Reverend Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz — 

Our world and our lives are full of beauty. 

The natural world, the world of art and music, and the ways we find and see beauty in human connection all contribute to the sense that as simple as the word is, its meaning is rich and dense.

What forms of beauty speak most to you? Where do you seek it?

How do you recapture a sense of beauty when you have lost it?

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June 9, 2019

Beautiful Transitions

Reverend Shana Lynngood and Arran Liddel with Worship Associate Douglas McGinnis

How might we see the beauty even amidst the challenge in the shifts and changes that we undergo in life? How can ritual help?   

In this, our annual transitions service, we mark and honour the many changes in our lives since last June. 

We also honour the people who have been members of this community for 25 and 50 years and celebrate the middle-school youth who are graduating from the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program.

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June 2, 2019

Soul Beauty

Reverend Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid — 

In a world that puts too much value on superficial attractiveness, how might you engage beauty as a spiritual practice?

How do you lift up the inner beauty you see in the people around you? What is beautiful about you?  (No really. Try to answer that. What is beautiful about you as a human being? If it’s hard to answer, why? What would have to change so that you’d more readily admit to your own inner beauty?)  

When life gets hard, how can you find a glimmer of beauty in the midst of it all – one small beautiful thing – that you can take into yourself, and carry with you as a balm for your weary or wounded soul?

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