Past services

August 19, 2012


Galina Coffey-Lewis, Dana Seaborn, Pat Kinrade – Rumi. This famous 13th century Persian poet and mystic has become the darling of many Westerners
during the last 50 years. Is this because of his universalist philosophy?

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August 12, 2012

Process Theology

Rev. Fran Dearman – An evolving sense of the holy. Rev. Fran reflects upon the understanding of ultimate reality known as Process Theology, whereby all that ever was is folding into the unfolding of the world.

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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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July 29, 2012

Our Work in the Wider Community — A Celebration

Lisa Greenly – Our church community lives its principles in a variety of ways and on this day we will share stories of how our principles in action have had a positive impact. Please join us as we take time out to celebrate what we have done and what we are doing.

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July 22, 2012

The Urge to Help: What stimulates it? Can it lead one astray?

Jim Hackler – Providing help is not always simple. How much effort do we make to understand the consequences of our charitable efforts? This homily will look at some of the dynamics, impacts and potential problems connected with different strategies for helping others.

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July 15, 2012

Social Entrepreneurs: Hakuna Matata Imports and Accessories

Jacqueline McAdam – The foundation of the social entrepreneur movement resonates with many of the principles of Unitarianism. This presentation provides examples of this growing movement, links these to principles of Unitarianism, and provides a case study example of a new business that is being started by one of our church members.
Hakuna Matata Imports and Accessories has evolved out of Jacqueline’s experience of working and living in Africa, her love of Africa, and desire to address global inequalities.

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July 8, 2012

Musical Blessings

Marnie Lamb and the Bedside Singers – In 2006, Marnie Lamb was co-founder of the first Bedside Singers program in a Canadian Hospice to add the gift of singing voices to end of life care. Using words, interwoven with simple songs and blessings, this service will give the flavour of a bedside singing experience and illustrate how music is used to comfort patients and their families. Bedside Singers, Barbara Boyle and Suellen Guenther, will assist Marnie.

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July 1, 2012

A New Normal

Rev. Shana Lynngood and Welcoming & Celebrating Diversity Committee – For our annual Pride service we will look at our notions of normalcy. What does it mean to be “normal” and who gets to define what normal is? What assumptions do we make about one another? What gets in the way of us fully seeing and understanding one another across differences of sexual orientation and gender identity?

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June 27, 2012

The Spirituality of Belonging: Community, Membership and Association

Rev. Antonia Won – Belonging is a basic human need and why we come to church. How we belong and what we belong to indicates what we value and are committed to. James Luther Adams said, ‘By their groups, ye shall know them.’ As Unitarians, we share no single sacred text or belief about God or tradition of spiritual practice, in the pursuit of being inclusive. So how do we stay together? How does membership factor in? And what’s spiritual about it?

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June 24, 2012

Intergenerational Blessing of the Animals

Rev. Melora Lynngood – Come one, come all! Come bipeds, come quadrupeds! Dogs, cats, gerbils, lizards, fish, teddy bears—all are welcome! In this service, we honour the gifts that animals bring to our lives. Bring your pets (appropriately leashed or caged), beloved stuffed animals, or mementos of your pets (eg, If your cat would not enjoy such
an outing, bring her photo and her favourite toy or collar.) There will also be a time to remember the pets we have lost; bring photos and mementos of any beloved animal companion you would like to remember with a candle lighting.

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