Services with audio transcripts

February 18, 2018

Bearing Witness

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Doug McGinnis —

I was asked by a member of our community to speak about why it matters when we bear witness to one another’s lives.

What difference does it make and what impact does it have when we take the time (and make the intentional effort) to truly see someone and be with them. Does bearing witness only matter in times of challenge or joy? How do we “show up” for one another?

We will explore how bearing witness can be a key building block in appreciating our interdependence.

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February 4, 2018


Rev. Melora Lynngood and Worship Associate Dan Klimke —

This is our theme kick-off, the first Sunday in our exploration of “Interdependence: the practice of feeling our connection with the larger whole.”

We’ll pay special homage to our connections with other Unitarian Universalists in Canada, other congregations with whom we make up the CUC — the Canadian Unitarian Council.

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January 28, 2018

Resisting Change

Ministerial Intern Christopher Wulff and Worship Associate Larry Boldt –

Our Unitarian Universalist communities are always walking the fine line between adopting change that keeps us relevant and maintaining the traditions that make us who we are.

Often our youth and young adults are great examples of holding that tension loosely. So why do some of them echo Star Trek’s Borg in saying “resistance is futile” when talking about finding their adult home in a UU community?

When are we resisting change and when are we upholding tradition?

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January 21, 2018

Living the Life You Have

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Oliver Belisle –

One aspect of resistance we may not frequently consider are the aspects of ourselves and our lives that we resist.

How different would our lives be if more often we were able to enjoy or embrace what is?

What is the “path of least resistance” when it comes to going with the ups and downs of life rather than actively working against them?

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January 14, 2018

The Power of Coalition

Rev. Melora Lynngood & Friends and Worship Associate Dan Klimke –

What issues most concern and affect you and your family?

What if others in the wider Victoria area share similar concerns and struggles?

How might we act together to affect real change in our local communities?

A week from today, on Sunday, January 21, our congregation will vote on whether to become paying members of GVAT, Greater Victoria Acting Together. In this service, we examine what GVAT is, what they do, and the unique relational model of community organizing for social change upon which GVAT is based.

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January 7, 2018

Standing Up and Speaking Out

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Worship Associate Shelley Motz –

What can we learn from the #metoo movement and other powerful examples of collective action for change?

We begin our exploration of the monthly theme Resistance and 2018 by looking at one of the first aspects that leaps to mind of the word “resistance”.

How do we resist the systems and structures in our world that hold so many down? What does it look like to resist what is and advocate for new ways of being?

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December 17, 2017

Hearing Old Stories in New Ways – An Intergenerational Service

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Faye Mogensen with Worship Weaver Shelley Motz –

We will explore one of the central stories of the season from differing perspectives, focusing especially on the Huron Carol.

Join us for a service full of storytelling and exploration of how we can be present to the many meanings a story stirs within us.

What do we see as modern people? How does a different cultural perspective add to our understanding? How can we be present to old stories in new ways?

This is Faye’s last service with us. Come and wish her a fond farewell!

Children and youth are invited to remain with us for the whole service. 

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December 10, 2017

The Present of Your Presence

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Weaver Oliver Belisle –

Winter holidays can make us frantic with busy-ness, sometimes cranky, sometimes even melancholy. We’re told that the best present is our presence.

How do we sink down into that grounded sense of inner-peace, from which we are able to be our best selves, fully present for others with love, care, and steady calm? 

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November 26, 2017

Sorting Through our Ancestral Baggage

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz —

This month, we’ve been considering our ancestry, and holding up the people and traditions we wish to honour.  What happens when we find parts of our heritage that we don’t necessarily want to pass on as part of our own legacy?

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November 12, 2017

Rituals and Peace

Presenters: Kjerstin Mackie, Anne Vaasjo, Oceanna Hall with Worship Associate Liz Graham —

Your Lay Chaplains are presenting a two-fold service. They will discuss their work in offering rites of passage to the greater community and how it affects their lives. They will also lead us in co-creating a short participatory ritual of rededication for our congregation’s Peace Pole immediately after the service. Those who are interested in participating are invited to bring something meaningful: a tablespoon of earth, water from a special source, a special flower or a stone.


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