"Unitarians don’t generally believe that the world was supposed to have ended last year, but we have apocalyptic worries of our own. What can we do to ensure that these visions don’t become a reality? How can we shape the future that we DO want?" Alisa returns to the UUCD today for part two of her thoughts on the global condition. Alisa spoke to the UUCD two years ago on Global Climate Change. Lingering questions about "what can we do?" have led Alisa to develop this sequel talk.
Today we'll learn about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2006. The Campaign currently boasts more than 240 grandmother groups across Canada who have raised more than $10 million for grass roots projects in fifteen sub-Saharan African countries.
Tinie Evans came to Canada from the Netherlands when she was 9 years old. She is a mother of two and grandmother of two. She has been a teacher in Scarborough and Durham and finished her teaching career as a principal. She volunteered for 13 years with Amnesty International. Now she loves doing Tai Chi, living on the lake in Port Perry and helping other grannies in South Africa.
Anna Kerz 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.
Including Chocolate Communion, today's service will focus on music and singing. Special guests today are The Spirit Choir from Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation. There will be much singing of choirs alone, together and with the congregation.
Norah Love is a founding member of the UUCD who currently serves on the Worship Committee. She is a frequent leader of Sunday Services and often provides musical support to the congregation through song or guitar accompaniment. Norah is a practicing Social Worker and is married to Drummond White, the UUCD’s Lay Chaplain.
Fiona will speak about balance - finding balance in an unbalanced world.
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.
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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.
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