Services with audio transcripts

November 25, 2012

Choice in Dying – It’s a Matter of Justice!

Wanda Morris – In May, 1993, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council adopted a resolution supporting choice in dying. Almost twenty years later that support has not wavered. For many Unitarians, choice in dying is a matter of justice. In this service Wanda Morris, a long-time Unitarian and the Executive Director of Dying with Dignity Canada, will review some of the issues around choice in dying and their relationship to our Unitarian principles and sources.

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November 11, 2012

Letters from the Front

A lay-led Service of Remembrance – Together, we will share some traditional Remembrance Day observances enhanced by music from the Pick Up Sticks and Chalice Choir. We will hear some of the many voices that spoke to each other via letters during war time.

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October 14, 2012

The Hand/Heart Connection

Reverend Shana Lynngood – We are often invited to reflect on the connection between our heads (thinking, intellectual selves) and our hearts (emotional, relational selves). On this Canvass Sunday, when you will be invited to consider what financial pledge you will make to the church for 2013 (pledges will begin to be collected next Sunday the 21st),
we’ll explore the link between what we feel and how we express our values. How does the heart lead our actions and choices? How do we ensure that we are putting first things first.

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September 30, 2012

Radical Hospitality

Rev. Marian Stewart – You’ve said “hello”, now what? How do we open our doors and our hearts to those who enter? What does it mean to be a Unitarian? What is so special about this congregation? (A lot!) Experiment–bring a friend to church! Rev. Marian Stewart was one of several intern ministers that we were lucky to have during the tenure of Rev. Jane Bramadat.

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September 23, 2012

AIDS in Africa and the Work of Canadian and African Grandmothers

Phyllis Webster – Phyllis has lived and taught in South Africa. In 1965 at the height of Apartheid, she taught in a privileged white school during the day and volunteered at an evening school on the Cape Flats where she taught black African students. In 2000 she volunteered in Africa. Her other teaching experiences include time in Australia, England, Costa Rica, Argentina and 21 years at The Collegiate at the University of Winnipeg. She now volunteers with the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa.

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September 16, 2012

Be the Change

Reverend Meg Roberts – “I want to explore together how we manage change in our lives and in our congregations. The more awareness we bring, the more we can be the change we want to see!” Rev. Meg Roberts did her ministerial training in Vancouver and has served Unitarian congregations in Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary. She is happy to be back on the west coast and looks forward to visiting the Victoria congregation again.

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September 9, 2012

Forever Felt in the Soul

Reverend Phillip Hewett – Phillip Hewett was senior minister at Vancouver Unitarian Church for 35 years until his retirement in 1991. He
has written a number of books, has been active in the IARF and, in 1992, was recipient of the UUA’s annual
Award for Distinguished Se He served as our Interim Minister in 1991-92 and is a most welcome guest minister
for our 2012 in-gathering se

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September 2, 2012

Have You Found Your Song?

Isabel Jones and Pat Kinrade – A service to think about what your personal song might be. We experiment with possibilities by singing lots of other people’s favourite songs.

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August 26, 2012

Water Communion: The Stream of Life

Liz Graham – Water is the stream of life. Without it, we cannot live. And it embodies for many of us our spiritual path. Please bring a small sample of water representing a significant spiritual experience that you have had this summer. We will pour this water into a common vessel and blend our seeking spirits.

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August 5, 2012

Our Beliefs

Alan Dawson – ‘Our Beliefs’ is based on a talk by Rev. David O. Rankin. This service was given at a Unitarian Open House for a multi-faith audience to give them a sense of our history; of what we believe and affirm and our action in the wider community.

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