This presentation will offer a very brief look at three components related to the 'stuff' that we all carry -- social location, shadow, and family systems and how each relate to congregational life and our own personal lives. This positive message will provide some new perspectives that will enhance our own personal journeys and the life and health of this beloved community. Ric will likely use one of the components mentioned in this service as a springboard for his next topic here in the early part of 2013.
Ric Jones is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. He received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois in May 2012. Currently, Ric serves as a member of the national (USA) Board of Directors and Canadian Representative for the Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome Life Support Network based in Ohio. He has been tasked to establish a similar organization here in Canada. Ric has also been attending several training sessions as foundational to the development of his own business of ministry to organizations and congregations focused on transformational change, stress management and how family of origin impacts the person and the organization.
Samhain literally means "Summer's End", and it marks the end of the harvest. Her congregation, an international Neopagan Druidry organization, celebrates eight High Days a year and additional rituals, participates in charity events, hosts classes, and meets for fellowship and support.
Lisa Wasilkowsky Malik has served as Senior Druid of Dancing Lights Grove, ADF for three years. She has been a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin since 2004, and currently also serves as the Canada East Regional Druid. She has an Honours B.A. in Celtic Studies and Religion from the University of Toronto. She has completed the ADF Dedicant Path and now seeks entry to the Clergy Training Program, is a flametender for the goddess Brighid, and loves the Earth Mother. She is married, has a cat, and works as a library technician.
Anna tells stories that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. She has shared her talks with listeners in schools, libraries, community gatherings and festivals in Toronto, Ottawa and St. Marys.
Anna Kerz is one of the coordinators of 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, the longest running storytelling event in the world. She was also one of the founders of the StoryJam Program which is designed to help young people learn and tell their own tales. When she’s not telling stories, Anna is writing. To date she is the author of three award-winning books for middle grade readers.
Anne’s sermon is inspired from her personal experience of growing up in a fundamentalist home. Writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins argue that some forms of religion violate the rights of children by indoctrinating them into a particular religious faith and depriving them of the opportunity to make their own free inquiry later in life. Anne shares her story of growing up in a fundamentalist religion, eventually leaving it and the impact it had on her faith and family ties.
Anne Bokma is a member of First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Ontario. She is a member of the board of her church as well as a board member of Unicamp. An award winning freelance writer and editor, Anne writes for many of Canada's major magazines, including Canadian Living, Homemakers, More, Today's Parent, Chatelaine and MoneySense. She traces her writing career back to age 11, when her parents presented her with a portable Olivetti manual typewriter for her birthday. She's been pounding at a keyboard ever since. Anne is the mother of two teenage daughters and is married to Jeff Mahoney, a columnist at the Hamilton Spectator.
So much is evolving. Science, Medicine, Religion. Even marriage ceremonies and funerals are evolving over time. Cheryl will take a look at Thanksgiving Day and suggest a new, evolved twist on a traditional celebration.
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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"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe". Today we'll explore how Unitarian Universalism reflects John Muir's comment. What does it mean to live as part of an interdependent web?
Fiona Heath has recently completed a Master's of Divinity and is a Candidate for UU Ministry. Last year she was the Intern Minister at First Toronto and continued on as Summer Minister. She lives in Waterloo with her partner and son.
This talk will look less at the traditional definitions of Sabbath, and focus more on how we create space in our lives for that which is truly sacred and important.
David Seale is a charter member of the UUCD. 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 reflections of UU minister, Rev. Shawn Newton, on how we measure our lives and what makes a life meaningful or "worthy".
Norah Love is a long-time Unitarian and one of the founding members of the UUCD. She currently serves on the UUCD Worship Committee and is a frequent leader of Sunday Services. Norah is also an integral part of the UUCD music program, offering musical support to the congregation through song or guitar accompaniment. Norah is a practicing Social Worker and is married to Drummond White, the UUCD Lay Chaplain.
UUCDers will gather together for the first time since June and share a communion of water gathered during summer travels and activities. Please join us and participate with or without any collected water. Share your summer experiences - what meaningful events have occured in your life over the past two months. Multigenerational serivce, so no Religious Exploration (RE) activites for children this week.
Come to the Nidd Residence with a bathing suit, towel and lawn chair, plus protein of your choice for the BBQ and a salad or dessert to share. Water, juice, coffee, tea and ginger ale will be provided.
Enjoy the heat, shade and good company as we celebrate the culmination of another church year in the life of the UUCD.
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