Past services

October 14, 2018

A People of Sanctuary

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Olivier Belisle — 

The world can be a harsh and dispiriting place. 

In what ways can we make our Unitarian Universalist community a ‘sanctuary’ for one another – a place where we can find comfort in hard times, strength to help us through our days, and nourishment for our spirits, that we might be better able to go back out into the world and make it less harsh, less dispiriting. 

In what ways might we, as Unitarian Universalists, offer the gift of sanctuary to those who need it beyond our walls?  

As this is pledge Sunday, we consider as well, what we can do to sustain this work of being sanctuary, within and beyond our walls.

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October 7, 2018

Thanksgiving  — The Sounds of Gratitude

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Jazz-in-the-Morning musicians with Worship Associate Madelaine Clarke —  

This Thanksgiving Sunday we’re exploring what gratitude means in our lives through music, word and silence. 

Rev. Shana with David Vest, piano and vocals; Gary Theal, guitar; Bradley Clarke, drums and vocals, and Ryan Tandy, bass; take a musical look at the forms and types of gratitude we experience. 

 

 

 

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September 30, 2018

Do You See What I See?

Rev. Jane Bramadat, minister emerita, and Shelley Motz, worship associate – Some further thoughts on the monthly topic ‘Vision.’

 

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September 23, 2018

Seeing Through One Another’s Eyes

Arran Liddel, Director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children and Youth and Rev. Melora Lynngood with Larry Boldt, Worship Associate — 

Part of our vision as Unitarian Universalists is to tend to one another, and our shared interdependent web of existence, with compassion and care. 

Listening to one another — learning one another’s stories and struggles — helps unleash the natural empathy that can flow between us, laying the groundwork for deeper, more meaningful relationship, empowering us all to work together to care for the larger earth we share. 

In this interactive intergenerational service, we begin to inquire of one another, ‘What do you care about?’ ‘What are your concerns — on a big picture level, as well as on a smaller, day-to-day scale?’   

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September 16, 2018

Envision Reconciliation

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Samantha Magnus, Worship Associate —

One of the visions that we hold dear is a vision of the human community not separated by any of the “isms” that continue to plague us. 

In this part of the world, a big piece of that work is trying to figure out what that means about right relationship with the Indigenous People. What does reconciliation mean in a practical sense? 

Where do we start in this huge and difficult undertaking? How might we begin as we look forward to welcoming an Indigenous Artist in Residence among us in November?

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September 9, 2018

Homecoming Sunday: ‘A Vision of Beloved Community’

Reverends Shana and Melora Lynngood with Dan Klimke, Worship Associate –

                           Reverends Shana (left) and Melora Lynngood

As we return for a new church program year with a focus on vision, we will get back to basics.

In the swirl of activity and ideas we sometimes forget to focus on why we are here.

What is our congregation here for? How are we an extension of the vision our UU ancestors had for why spiritual community matters and what it is meant to do and be for people?

What does it mean to be a people of vision in Cascadia in 2018?

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September 2, 2018

#METOO! Sixth Sense Self Defence

Yvette André with Madelaine Clarke, Worship Associate  –

Learning to listen to our inner guidance helps keep us safe and aware while contributing to healthy relationships. 

Sixth Sense Self Defence was created by Yvette André – Sandan in Shotokan Karate and Nidan in Daiwa-Ryu Aiki Jujitsu – who is passionate about helping people gain self-confidence and personal boundaries through simple self-defence skills and awareness. 

Join Yvette in this experiential introduction to efficient self-defence using situational awareness in multiple contexts.

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August 26, 2018

Loving Someone with Mental Illness

Lynne Bonner and Rev. Melora Lynngood with Worship Associate Anna Isaacs — From depression to borderline personality disorder, mental illness is often stigmatized in our culture.  

The suffering, exacerbated by the stigma, impacts those who love the one who suffers, as well as the one who struggles with mental illness.  

Struggles with mental illness range from mild to fatal, and are sometimes intertwined with addiction, which further intensifies the suffering for all involved. 

In this service, we lift up some personal stories to shed light on the experience of loving someone who struggles with mental illness, and lift up some lessons learned as well – insights that apply to human relationships in general, as well as relationships affected by mental illness.  

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August 19, 2018

The Long View

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Larry Boldt — 

I have been reflecting on and discussing the value of perspective in our lives a great deal lately. 

What does it mean to have a sense of perspective? 

How do we maintain it when our lives tend to pull us in to only seeing the immediate? How can we both be present in the now and maintain a broader view of where we are in our lives?

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August 12, 2018

Facing Death-Are You Good With You?

Rev. Mark Lemon with Worship Associate Doug McGinnis — 

Rev. Lemon, B.F.A. M.Div., has facilitated hundreds of people over the last 20-plus years in the transformational journey of self-realization and becoming.

Ordained in the Anglican Church in 1985, Mark has worked with congregations, young offenders and prison inmates and facilitated retreats and conferences. His passion is the awakening of wisdom and the liberation of consciousness in his private counselling practice.

Schooled in holotropic breath work as taught by Leonard Orr, this process integrates the conscious and unconscious and leads to expanded states of awareness.

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