Services with audio transcripts

March 10, 2019

Dignity for All

 Rev. Shana Lynngood with worship associate Kressa Sisu – This Sunday in which we support the work and mission of our denominational office at the UN and explore this year’s focus, “When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All.” 

There has been much talk about those displaced from their homes or forced to flee, not all of it accurate. 

How do we more fully understand the challenges they face? What does their plight tell us about the state of our world, and the call of our spiritual tradition to honour the worth and dignity of all people?

Sunday worship livestream: to view please click on this link. To view past worship services (as of Jan. 27) click on this link.

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March 3, 2019

Growing Eden in the Heart of the City

Jen Rashleigh and Rev. Melora Lynngood with worship associate Samantha Magnus — In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), Rev. Melora and Lillie Lenz (our representative at the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s Association) invite Victoria Unitarian congregant Jen Rashleigh to share stories, learnings and dreams from Growing Eden, a garden project funded by Vancouver Unitarian, where Jen served previously as the associate director of Children and Youth Programming.  

The garden is a small slice of paradise in Southeast Vancouver, created especially for — and with -— refugee, newcomer and low-income moms and their young children. 

The success of this organizational partnership, and the strength of solidarity created among the families, teaches valuable lessons  from the soil up in how to create community, health, and food sovereignty.

Sunday worship livestream: to view please click on this link. To view past worship services (as of Jan. 27) click on this link

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February 24, 2019

So Much Trust

Peter Scales with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke —  

Peter, a historian, interviewed 23 experienced clerics from five religions, about their education, calling, postings, and career highs and lows.

One of the lessons Peter heard was that sometimes we have to trust that the organization is taking care of us, so that we might be able to function and others can trust that we will do our jobs.

Sunday worship livestream: to view please click on this linkTo view past worship services (as of Jan. 27) click on this link.

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February 17, 2019

Stewarding Change

Martin Settle of USC Canada with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis — 

Almost all religious traditions promote some concept of stewardship – that it is our responsibility to care for the environment and each other. But stewardship is not conservation. At a time when the systems we have created to “enhance” human comfort are at risk of destroying the planet, we need to see our stewardship as a process; we must seed change. Reflecting on the experiences of USC Canada, Martin will explore how we can serve as faithful stewards, together.

Sunday worship livestream: to view please click on this linkTo view past worship services (as of Jan. 27) click on this link.

Martin Settle, Executive Director of USC Canada, has traveled to 10 of the 12 USC Canada supported program countries and currently co-chairs the International Development sector’s “Steering Committee on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct”. He is a former lay minister in the United Church of Canada and father of two.

USC Canada (previously the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada) is a non-profit founded in 1945 by Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova and rooted in the notions of human dignity and equality. Today, USC Canada is part of a global movement fighting for justice, health and sustainability by shifting the way our food is grown. It works with farmers in 12 countries, including Canada, to strengthen their ability to grow food sustainably, using locally adapted seeds. By harnessing the power of good seeds, farmer leadership and global solidarity, we help communities thrive. 

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February 10, 2019

A Fine Line

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Morgan Reid — 

“That dress looks great on you!” What’s the difference between a thoughtful compliment and an unwanted advance?

As Unitarian Universalists who strive to respect the inherent dignity of all people, who are striving to be a people of trust, how do we navigate the complex realm of interpersonal communication in this “me too” era.

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February 3, 2019

Trust and Redemption

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Shelley Motz — 

The lasting impact of abuse on families and our larger society. This challenging topic may be hard for some among us to explore — please take care of yourself when attending this service.

We begin our theme exploration of trust with this particular focus and look at it in light of its spiritual undercurrents.

How we handle the aftermath of abuse is so important and has so often been overlooked — how can people find redemption? Can they learn to trust again? How are we all impacted by those whose lives have been scarred by abuse? What do trust and redemption look like for us all? Click here to watch the Sunday service.

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January 27, 2019

Gandhi: “Desireless Action”

Non-Attachment for Non-Buddhists with Pat Wictor, Dick Jackson and Cathy Baker, and  Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke –

Being ready to accept all the possible outcomes of our actions, including those we neither wanted nor anticipated, can be a more empowered and creative way to live.

Pat Wictor is a New York-based singer-songwriter who has been involved with UU ministry in the U.S. for many years. As part of the trio Brother Sun he performed at Island MusicFest in 2015.

This service is a Pulpit Swap with our sibling congregation in Victoria, Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Rev. Shana will be preaching at Capital on January 20.

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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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