On Sunday March 7th, international touring musician and lay UU Preacher Joe Jencks, will lead a service exploring the idea of culture as a form of diplomacy. In 2010 Jencks was selected by the US State Department as a "Cultural Ambassador" and toured the Caribbean giving concerts, workshops, lectures, and interviews. Through spoken word and song, Jencks will share some of his experiences and consider the lessons learned as they apply not just to foreign relations, but to how we relate to each other here and now.
Tara recounts her spiritual awakening through tree planting in Canada's central interior, a common coming-of-age rite for many young people. She describes discovering her worth and dignity through a wonderful and dirty spiritual awakening, the growth and development of those spiritual principles through engaging in labour and environment activism, and her ultimate discovery of the interdependent web of existence in a time of looming ecological crisis and late-modern capitalism.
Truly multigenerational communities like ours are rarer and rarer these days. Today we'll explore the gifts and challenges of building strong multigenerational communities, how we can strengthen relationships in our own community, and the ways in which we all benefit from time with people of different ages and stages of life.
This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate the many kinds of love and connection in our lives. We invite you to read a poem, tell a short personal story, give a reading, or sing a song in the spirit of love, friendship and connection. We also invite you to indulge in chocolate while attending this service online!
We often talk about Unitarian Universalism as a transformational faith - and yet to be transformed means to take a risk. How is it that we are adverse to taking such risks when it comes to widening the circle of who we are as a community? Join Revs. Shana Lynngood and Samaya Oakley for a service that explores how we’ve failed and how we can learn from those failures to become the transformational faith we proclaim to be.
In follow up to 8th Principle conversations, ongoing work by the Canadian Unitarian Council on racism, and Donovan Hayden's call to anti-racism work as spiritual practice, we'll explore ways that racism manifests in ourselves and our communities and ways we can work for change.
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"When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don't feel so bad." In the midst of winter and lockdown, join in some light-hearted merry-making as we celebrate our favourite things and experiment with co-creating the elements of the service.
This presentation aims to illustrate a picture of the scope of child sex trafficking in Canada and around the world, and its connection to modern-day slavery. It will weave gripping statistics with Cheryl’s powerful story of her crusade against this issue, along with the stories of survivors she has met along the way. The presentation aims to inform and inspire everyone of us to be every day heroes and gives tangible ways that anyone can take to be a part of the solution.
This week we will honour our tradition of saying goodbye to the year gone by and welcoming the new year with our annual Fire Communion Service. What do you need to release and let go? What do you want to hold close? What are your hopes and dreams for your life and the world as we begin a new year?
Summer 2020 has been described as a moment of racial reckoning. Black people, along with allies, took to the streets to protest police brutality and anti-Black racism. However, with those months of intense activism behind us, those committed to social justice must ask, "What do we do now?". It is easy to lose energy and purpose in the struggle against white supremacy. As Unitarians, committed to this struggle, it is important that we continue to engage and support anti-racism work through spiritual practice.
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