A long and fascinating conversation has taken place for centuries about the nature of spirit, the nature of mind, the boundary between them and the relationship of the body to these intangibles. I have a little something to say on the topic. Emphasis on little.
What does it mean to belong - to find our people or our place in the world? What does belonging ask of us? What do we ask of each other in the name of belonging? In this service we’ll explore the human longing to belong.
War is a cauldron in which heart and humanity do exist. There are those who through small acts of kindness or introspection try to tend their hearts and try to remember their values. The sermon was adapted from one of the same name written by Rev. Brian Kiely.
Kahlil Gibran said, "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." On this Sunday after All Souls Day, we join with many other Unitarian Universalist congregations to honour the losses in our lives, both recent and longer ago; this year, we also celebrate the joys and new beginnings that complete the circle of life and loss. You are invited to bring mementos that represent the significant joys and sorrows you carry with you this year.
Wrongful convictions take a tremendous toll on the accused and are a blemish on our justice system. The causes of wrongful convictions and how they can be prevented will be discussed. We will look into some of Canada’s best known wrongful murder convictions and the actions of Innocence Canada, a volunteer organization that has been able to exonerate 21 men and women who had been convicted of murder.
–– with guest choir from Don Heights Congregation under the direction of Sheila White.
Aging and elderhood have an ambiguous place in our culture. Most of us have probably been told at some point - maybe when we were children - to "respect our elders." But what does this mean? And what is an elder, anyway? Is it only a matter of age? And what is the relationship between age and wisdom? What do our notions of progress mean for our relationship with age? These are some of the questions we'll explore, as we wonder how to create and sustain a culture of healthy elderhood.
Pauline will talk about her varied experiences in Nepal especially featuring her second trip when she and her husband, Dave, were there during the massive earthquake in 2015. She will also talk about their subsequent formation of a charity to help the people of Nepal called Aanandit Aid to Nepal.
Peter Lauricella will talk about the first US Thanksgiving, the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and Thanksgivings in other countries.
He will also invite you to tell of your most memorable or unusual or very special Thanksgiving celebration.
Water is a semi-renewable resource that will become increasingly scarce on this planet in the coming years. Examining your relationship and knowledge of water will enable you to deepen both your faith and your understanding.
What is our relationship with forgiveness? Is it, as some suggest, a spiritual practice? Or is it merely pragmatic? During these days of divisive and hurtful political dialogue we might usefully ask ourselves where forgiveness fits into our lives.
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