Humans are promise makers and promise breakers. To make a Covenant is to make a solemn promise. Historically we UUs have understood our selves as a covenental rather than a creedal tradition. How does that impact congregations today?
As we gather together in community once again after summer's break, we will celebrate the UU tradition of Water Communion. While we will certainly share waters from our recent journeys, we will also explore how other kinds of water can be recognized as sacred. (Please bring a small amount of water from your experience).
After our in-gathering service, please plan to stay for a light lunch and Special Congregational Meeting to discuss a proposal to hire a new minister.
It’s sure to be a lively service!
(It is a UUCD tradition that the offering on this day is earmarked for R.E. and Youth Programming. Your donations are most appreciated.)
Join Tracey Szarka as she explores the crisis of mental health on university campuses through the lens of her experience working with students at five Ontario universities.
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Many Unitarians hold to a Canadian ethos on race that continues to characterize our nation as a meritorious society which is openly accepting of black people. Within this ethos is the view that the lack of opportunities and reduced quality of life for blacks is due to individual failings or lack of compatibility with Canadian culture and tradition. That ethos makes historical omission and exclusion of blacks necessary in order to create the illusion of harmony for those who want to define Canada as a white, just, non-racist nation. The ethos serves to under play our racialised past and stands in conflict with UUs’ Second Principle: justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. This talk is based on early records of Canadian slavery and is
presented as an assault on the racial tenement of the Canadian ethos.
Experiences of burnout, exhaustion and busyness abound in our society, and congregational life is often no exception. Where do we find quiet, renewal and oasis from the hectic nature of contemporary life? What would it take to find and maintain balance? We’ll explore together.
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Autonomy is such a heralded concept in Unitarian Universalism that one can easily overlook the importance of community. As we honour the UU tradition of Flower Communion this Sunday, we will explore how this celebration connects us.
Please remember to bring a flower to contribute to the service if possible.
(Note: This is a multi-generational service; the children stay upstairs for the service.)
How have human relationships in the history of Canada have fallen short? A history of promises made, and of promises broken. A history that started hundreds of years ago, and a history that happened just last week. How can we, as Canadian Unitarian Universalists live into this vision of our world? As we learn about the people with whom we share this country, both those who have been here for centuries, and those only just arriving, can we begin to forge a sense of interdependence?
(This will be a video streamed talk.)
In his presentation about “success”, Peter Lauricella will discuss how interconnected success and failure are, and how one can lead to the other. He will discuss the “right” way to fail and what lessons failure can teach us.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” –– Ernest Hemingway
In this brief and provocative session, the history of colonialism and the implications for the Indigenous community will be reviewed. It will be emphasizing the current reconciliation efforts and inviting participants to take responsibility in Canada’s history by exploring what reconciliation is and what it means to them.
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