For many people today, belief in an omnipotent male or father God no longer holds sway; we are more comfortable with Mother Earth than Father God. In the midst of changing ideas about the feminine and masculine, what does sacred masculinity mean? What could a renewed understanding mean for us and our world, whether we are theist or atheist, pagan or spiritual but not religious?
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Sometimes people are motivated by great achievements and other times by horrible failures. Join Peter Lauricella today while he explains how he overcame significant life long failures to become a hospice volunteer. He will discuss his reasons for becoming a hospice volunteer and some of his experiences as a member of Durham Hospice.
Bring a flower this Sunday (we will also have flowers on hand) to celebrate our annual Flower Communion in words, music, and ritual. Flower Communion is a Unitarian Universalist tradition celebrated in many congregations around the world, and is an opportunity to celebrate the unique beauty we each bring in all our diversity. We’ll also explore the roots of communion and what it means to practice communion as Unitarian Universalists.
This third part in the Sacred Stories series will explore the Jain tradition, and particularly the principle of ahimsa - non-violence and non-injury to all living beings, of all shapes and sizes. Do mosquitoes have souls? Come and learn about the Jain perspective.
Julien will describe the "wake-up call" he experienced when he suffered a heart attack in November 2018. He will connect it to another cardiac incident 5 1/2 years earlier and discuss the approach he is taking as he looks to the future with optimism. His purpose will not be to tell others what to do, but rather to explain what works for him and why.
Today we honour mothers and mothering relationships in many forms, and look more deeply at what it means for all of us when we say, "It takes a village to raise a child."
In January 2018, Michelle spoke to UUCD about the Promise of Inclusion leading up to the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Post-Parliament, she will share her experience about the Reality of Inclusion and the lessons she learned along the way.
The Buddhacarita begins with the birth of Prince Siddhārtha Gautama, and the story of his transition from princehood to Buddhahood. This service will explore this foundational story of Buddhism as the second in our "Sacred Stories" series.
Winter leaves many of us feeling weary and worn down. Spring and Easter come, heralding new life and promise. What wisdom can Unitarian Universalists find in Easter? Join us as we celebrate spring, having finally shaken off the winter. Feel free to wear your Easter bonnet.
Rev. Gaylor will help us explore ways to dismantle racism in Canadian Unitarian Universalism. A proposed 8th principle in the U.S., and discussed in Canada, calls on Unitarian Universalists to "build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Whether or not this principle is adopted, it has important things to say to Unitarian Universalists. What does this mean for us at UUCD? How can we approach this conversation, and this work on ourselves and our institutions, with openness, humility, and sensitivity? Using stories from people of colour in Canadian UU congregations, we'll explore together.
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