A young woman shocks her devout Baptist family when in 1946 she leaves her native Dartmouth to steal away to Toronto to marry an African-Canadian, Bill White, of Nova Scotia. The woman’s mother initiated an intense letter-writing campaign to dissuade her 21-year-old from marrying a ‘negro’. These letters tell the story of a woman who rejected the rhetoric of those racist times and endured the familial shunning that came with her decision about interracial marriage. They also represent a woman’s decision to reject her faith in favour of a more egalitarian and accepting one. The woman was Vivian White, long time Unitarian and a founding member of the Don Heights Congregation in 1960. How did Vivian and Bill transcend racism, and how can we do so today? This will be the focus of a talk by their daughter, Sheila, as she shines a light on the letters kept hidden for 70 years.
Bring to the service your very own favourite poems to read aloud to the congregation. They could be written by you or someone else. If you would like to perform a musical piece, bring it and your instrument to play. If you want an electric piano keyboard without a pedal, ask Cynthia Nidd to bring the one that belongs to the UUCD. And please remember to bring some chocolate for the chocolate communion.
Buddhism encourages you to examine everything. Among its practitioners are many scientists and psychologists. David will explore his personal path, talking about some of the pitfalls and benefits to choosing this path.
What is it that we, as Unitarian Universalists are 'called up' to do? Where is the place in our hearts that automatically responds with, 'yes, I'm honoured to be asked' when called upon? Lucy Sanford will be reading a sermon of Rev. Julie Stoneberg's from the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough.
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