Drummond White - Community and Spirituality Without God: From Birth to Death and Every Time In-Between
Since ancient times, Judeo-Christian churches have been an essential backbone to our personal and communal identity.
How can we stick together as a community without the fear or solace of a God? What, if anything, is a non-christian soul?
Drummond White has been an active member of the UUCD since its inception. His career as a professional Social Worker has spanned more than 30 years. He also served as the NDP Oshawa-Whitby Member of Provincial Parliament (and as a Cabinet Minister) in the early 90s. Drummond is known for his strong commitment to social justice and his inquiring and insightful mind.
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Louis Bertrand has been involved in the very lively discussion around the possibility of Durham Region getting an Incinerator for garbage. Louis will fill us in on the nature of the discussions over the years and where things are now regarding the incinerator.
Louis Bertrand is a Durham Region resident who has been very involved with the Green Party of Ontario, including holding the role of President of the Green Party in the Ontario Riding of Durham.
Using Douglas Todd's "Brave Souls" as a springboard, Dave will explore the spiritual and religious beliefs of many creative people, most of them Canadians!
David Seale is a long-time Unitarian Universalist and a long-time Durham Region Social Worker. Dave has always been interested in the beliefs of others. He feels that it is often less important what those specific beliefs are, and more important where those beliefs take someone, in their relationship with other individuals and in their relationship with the universe.
For Christians, Easter is a moment to celebrate the cycle of life and death. For many Unitarian Universalists, it is a time of rededication and remembrance It is a time to celebrate the lives of infants who have entered the world in the past year and of people who have left it. While we remember and celebrate these lives, we also share a jelly bean communion.
Rev. Jeffrey Brown recently completed a 16-year ministry with the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga. He began his ministerial career in 1972 and has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont as well as teaching in university and directing a mental health centre. Currently he acts as the Unitarian Universalist minister at the University of Toronto and represents our Unitarian Universalist movement in several social justice endeavours. This past May he delivered the annual Historical Society lecture, a presentation that became the introductory chapter for the Society’s newly published book, Guarding Sacred Embers: Reflections on Canadian Unitarian and Universalist History. He lives in Toronto with his partner Kate Hays, a clinical psychologist.
Pam and friends will be sharing from their experiences of meeting newcomers, sharing some of the challenges that they face, and suggesting different ways that people can help newcomers feel welcome.
Pam deWilde is Coordinator of the Inter-Church Immigrant Support Group (IISG). She and her family live in Oshawa. They have lived in Durham Region for thirteen years. In 2008-2009, while traveling around the world, Pam and her family spent time in language-learning and volunteering in 4 countries. In her role with IISG, Pam seeks out opportunities to extend the same warm, welcoming hospitality to newcomers arriving in the Durham Region that she and her family experienced while abroad.
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