The reflections of UU minister, Rev. Joshua Mason Pawelek, a UU minister from Connecticut, looking at positive psychology to determine if is a cheesy scam, or if it has some merit. Whichever side he falls on, Pawelek offers some lively insights.
David is a charter member of the UUCD and currently serves on the Worship Committee as well as providing music at many of our Sunday Services. He has worked as a social worker for 30 years. Most of his career has been at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. This facility was previously known as Whitby Mental Health Centre and Whitby Psychiatric Hospital.
The Worship Committee will lead a service on aspirations and resolves for the new year. The service will include a short homily by Peter Lauricella, reflections, and music. What are your resolves for the new year? As part of the service, you will be invited to share and explore your personal or community goals and hopes for 2013.
Sustainability is a concept for living and consuming that is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What does sustainability look like for us here in Durham? James will provide a snapshot of what is being done, what is contemplated and how we might all contribute.
James Garland is a Civil Engineer and life long UU. Active in the UUCD, he also serves on the board of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. His engineering career has included planning, design and construction of all types of municipal infrastructure. He is currently project manager for the road work component of the Region of Durham’s new “Pulse” bus rapid transit service, planned for deployment along Highway 2 from Toronto to downtown Oshawa.
Join us as we welcome the New Year, contemplate what we resolve to do better in 2012 and say farewell to those regrets and errors that are holding us back.
In Fire Communion, we write on slips of flash paper those things that no longer serve us and we symbolically release or let them go by burning them in the fire. White stones are an opportunity to set a new intention (something we would like to develop in ourselves, e.g., more patience) for the coming year. People note their intention with a word or two written on the stone and often keep the stone in a prominent place as a reminder of what they would like to accomplish. This inter-generational service appeals to many different ages. This is what we did last year. Details may change, but the theme remains!
Gifts can be tricky. To decide on what to give someone special, or being aware when something special has been given to us, can be a spiritual practice in itself.
Rodrigo Solano‑Quesnel is the Intern Minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. He has a Master of Divinity from the Montreal School of Theology and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University in Ottawa. He has served in worship and governance at the Montreal and Ottawa congregations.
This is the season of anticipation as we prepare for the winter holidays, holidays which mix delight with dread. How can we get through the next few weeks with grace? Can our Unitarian tradition help us enjoy the best of the season?
Fiona Heath became a UU minister in September 2012. Last year she was the Intern Minister at First Toronto and stayed on as their Summer Minister. She lives in Waterloo with her partner and son.
Dr. Maria Montessori said, "Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." She was a remarkable woman who made huge contributions to early childhood education. "The Montessori Method" is in use in all parts of the world, and is especially well suited to enhancing growth and development of infants, toddlers and young children. We will discuss the life of Maria Montessori and her theories of learning and methods of teaching.
Peter Lauricella was born in Boston, MA and spent most of his life in greater Boston. He taught Kindergarten in the public schools for several years, where he used his woodworking skills to design and develop many learning materials consistent with Montessori's theories. Now a permanent Canadian resident, he and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Port Perry for almost 4 years.
Have you felt inspired lately? We all have times of inspriation - and less inspriation - in our lives, our work, and our faith journeys and communities. Where are you at now? How do we cultivate inspriation in our lives when it is harder to find? How do we share inspiration when it flows freely?
Carly Gaylor served as intern minister at UUCD in 2009-2010. She is communiity minister at the Welcome Inn Community Centre in Hamilton. To maintain balance (and sometimes inspiration) in her life, she enjoys running, soccer, playing guitar, and recently took up ultimate frisbee.
We will explore what “living interfaith” looks like in 2012, and how we can embrace the diversity of this growing movement.
Rev. Michelle Singh is an Interfaith Minister, born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised by Catholic and Sikh parents. Michelle co-founded a monthly Spiritual Dialogue Circle which is designed to bring people from different traditions together. The Circle is hosted at Don Heights Unitarian Congregation in Toronto.
On this Remembrance Day, as well as honouring our fallen military heroes, we will pay tribute to ordinary people who have felt the need to sacrifice their lives for others. What are the reasons behind these ultimate sacrifices? Is there anything or anyone that you would consider dying for?
Rev. Cheryl Jack is minister emerita of the UUCD. She lives in Beaverton with Andris and new family member, Domino the Shih Tzu. Life in small town Ontario agrees with her and she finds plenty to keep her busy including participation in the work of “Big Sisters of Durham Region”.
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