Services with audio transcripts

March 1, 2020

Inner Wisdom

Reverend Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz – 

We begin the month of wisdom with a look at methods of accessing inner-wisdom –ways to listen to the ‘still small voice within.’ 

We will, in particular, consider a Unitarian Universalist take on prayer, including questions like, “Can a Rational Humanists pray?” 

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February 23, 2020

Intergenerational Solidarity

Casey Stainsby with Worship Associate Sam Magnus –

These times, and surely those that are coming, require an enormous amount of resilience from us. I believe that one of the places we need to look to find those reserves is to each other – and specifically, to those of very different ages from ourselves. But it’s not easy.

Let’s wonder together about why and how to reach across that seemingly wide gulf of years to genuinely connect and support each other. Specifically, we’ll look at some of the particular challenges that young adults  (18 to 35 year-olds – the most under-represented age demographic in UU congregations) are facing, and how UU communities can support them, even when they don’t show up for church. 

Casey Stainsby (she/her) coordinates youth and young adult programs and events for the Canadian Unitarian Council, and is an active member of the community of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria.

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February 16, 2020

Togetherness and Resilience: Intergenerational Service

Arran Liddel and Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu –

This intergenerational celebration of resilience will appreciate our individual ability to bounce back and move forward, as well as the ways we can do so even more when we have company.

How does our bearing witness to each other’s resilience remind us of our own?

What would a ritual of resilience look like?

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February 9, 2020

Friendship

Reverend Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid –

In the month of resilience, we look at how friendships can help us get through the ups and downs of life.

What does it take to sustain a friendship? Which are the friendships that have sustained you and why?

To what extent does resilience require us to continually reach out cultivate new connections?

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February 2, 2020

Strong Tender Souls

Reverend Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner –

Often when we think of resilience we picture strength, an unbreakable core to our beings.

What we picture and acknowledge less often is that the resilience we claim is often born out of the struggle, sadness, and vulnerable moments we have experienced.

How do we honour the strong and the tender within us?

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January 26, 2020

Ally-ship and Integrity

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate David Vest –

Whatever our own array of identities, how might we be good allies to those with marginalized identities that are different from our own? In particular, how might we act as a bridge of learning for others?

Do we stand up against Uncle Joe when he says something unwittingly offensive (e.g., sexist/ racist/ homophobic) at the family reunion?

When do we ‘call people out,’ when do we educate with gentle compassion? How do we do so without being patronizing?

How do we handle our own inter-cultural errors with integrity?

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January 19, 2020

The Commandments of Our Lives

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Victoria Barr –

This year’s sermon of your choice auction winner has invited me to reflect on the passage of Christian Scripture in which Jesus says,”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (KJV, Matthew 22:37-39)

What do we make of this “first and great” commandment? Does it hold meaning for those who are atheists? All of which got me reflecting on the hold the commitments of our lives have on our beings.

What do you feel ultimately committed to? How does it shape your choices and path through life?

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January 12, 2020

Can I be honest?

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid

How honest are we really? How honest do we need to be to live lives of integrity? What would happen if you were more honest than you usually are? Would people’s feelings get hurt?

When is honesty used as an excuse for being hurtful? (example: “I’m just being honest!”). Do honesty and compassion have to be in conflict?

We’ll explore the benefits and the limits of this moral virtue.

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January 5, 2020

Not Hiring a Hitman: How Our Stories Can Save Democracy

Chet Phillips (Lead Organizer – GVAT) with Worship Associate Samantha Magnus –

We live in a time when political polarization and personal isolation are increasing, and democracy itself is imperiled around the world.

It can be tempting to retreat into our most intimate circles of loved ones, those with whom we most agree, even as these circles get smaller and the lines around them turn into walls. Yet revitalizing our communities, our democracy, cannot be done at a distance. Nor can it be done through debating “the facts.”

Sharing our stories means being vulnerable enough to share both our own personal pain and concern and to seek out how our stories connect with those of others, even the stories that seem to challenge our own. Pluralistic democracy depends on respect for our differences, yes, but also on our working constantly to invite others to join in the telling of a common story.

Chet Phillips arrived in Canada after 22 years in southern Arizona where his work ranged over fields as varied as sustainable agriculture, creative writing, collaborative land management and conservation planning and the social science of conflict resolution. Chet joined GVAT this past July as the full-time lead organizer and now resides in Victoria with his partner, Jen, and their three young children.

In all his work, he is guided by a saying from one of his mentors: “An individual can resist injustice, but it takes a community to do justice”.

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December 29, 2019

There is Some Awe: The Joys of Poetry

Shelley Motz with Worship Associate Lynne Bonner –

All month, we have explored what it means to experience awe – a transcendent experience that poets have long attempted to capture (and conjure) with their words.

Join Worship Associate Shelley Motz and members of the congregation as they share an eclectic collection of poems that invite us to pause, pay attention and explore what it means to be a people of awe.

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