Genetics plays a key role in determining health, longevity and whether or not you develop certain illnesses. However, knowing all the genes in the human genome has not brought us any closer to a comprehensive understanding of that role. Instead, knowing the “parts list” of the genome leaves us with many questions about how we inherit more than just our genes, and how
these other factors work alongside the genetic code to determine health across the lifespan. A discussion of this layer “above the genome”, termed epigenetics, will mainly focus on how certain environmental factors can alter DNA to influence health of current and future generations.
Dr. Holly Jones Taggart, after earning her PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Western Ontario in London, spent three years in a postdoctoral research position at the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. It was there that her research began to focus on cancer cell behaviour.
Earlier this year, Peter Lauricella presented "The History of Chocolate". Today he presents the dark side. The child labour laws in The Ivory Coast, where much of the chocolate is harvested, are very weak. Unscrupulous owners of cocoa
bean plantations take advantage of young teens and force them into a type of slavery, that is far beyond cruel. Learn more about how children are abused in the chocolate industry and what you can do about it on May 20th.
Peter Lauricella was born in Boston, MA and spent almost all of his life in suburban Boston. He has been married to Marilyn for almost 44 years, and together they immigrated to Canada and settled in Port Perry so that they could be loving, everyday grand parents. Peter and Marilyn have a daughter living in Port Perry and a son in New Orleans. Peter has become an active
member of the Sunday Services Committee and is no stranger to our pulpit.
Sharon will be giving an overview of what the Canadian Cancer Society is and what role her unit plays in Durham Region, and what her greatest challenges are. Other possible questions that might be touched upon:
• How has the Cancer Society improved the lives of Cancer victims and their families?
• How does the “Cancer journey” change people.
Sharon Alipanopoulos has been a member of the Canadian Cancer Society for five years and has a Certificate in Volunteer Management from Sir Flemming College. Sharon has interests in Education, Health, Human Rights and Poverty Alleviation and in addition to working at the Canadian Cancer Society, she also supports The Salvation Army.
A special wish to all mothers on this MOTHER’S DAY. Have a Great Day!
What is the principle message of Islam? While research into the intent of Islam today has left her with more questions than answers, Cheryl will reflect on her findings. Imbedded in her sermon will also be the question of how much political correctness is too much/too little?
Rev. Cheryl Jack is minister emerita of the UUCD. She enjoys her participation in the community as an officiant at rites of passage. She is also involved in the Big Sisters of North Durham and can often be seen with her ‘little sister’. She lives in Beaverton, on Lake Simcoe with her husband Andris Piebalgs.
Drummond White - Community and Spirituality Without God: From Birth to Death and Every Time In-Between
Since ancient times, Judeo-Christian churches have been an essential backbone to our personal and communal identity.
How can we stick together as a community without the fear or solace of a God? What, if anything, is a non-christian soul?
Drummond White has been an active member of the UUCD since its inception. His career as a professional Social Worker has spanned more than 30 years. He also served as the NDP Oshawa-Whitby Member of Provincial Parliament (and as a Cabinet Minister) in the early 90s. Drummond is known for his strong commitment to social justice and his inquiring and insightful mind.
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Louis Bertrand has been involved in the very lively discussion around the possibility of Durham Region getting an Incinerator for garbage. Louis will fill us in on the nature of the discussions over the years and where things are now regarding the incinerator.
Louis Bertrand is a Durham Region resident who has been very involved with the Green Party of Ontario, including holding the role of President of the Green Party in the Ontario Riding of Durham.
Using Douglas Todd's "Brave Souls" as a springboard, Dave will explore the spiritual and religious beliefs of many creative people, most of them Canadians!
David Seale is a long-time Unitarian Universalist and a long-time Durham Region Social Worker. Dave has always been interested in the beliefs of others. He feels that it is often less important what those specific beliefs are, and more important where those beliefs take someone, in their relationship with other individuals and in their relationship with the universe.
For Christians, Easter is a moment to celebrate the cycle of life and death. For many Unitarian Universalists, it is a time of rededication and remembrance It is a time to celebrate the lives of infants who have entered the world in the past year and of people who have left it. While we remember and celebrate these lives, we also share a jelly bean communion.
Rev. Jeffrey Brown recently completed a 16-year ministry with the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga. He began his ministerial career in 1972 and has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont as well as teaching in university and directing a mental health centre. Currently he acts as the Unitarian Universalist minister at the University of Toronto and represents our Unitarian Universalist movement in several social justice endeavours. This past May he delivered the annual Historical Society lecture, a presentation that became the introductory chapter for the Society’s newly published book, Guarding Sacred Embers: Reflections on Canadian Unitarian and Universalist History. He lives in Toronto with his partner Kate Hays, a clinical psychologist.
Pam and friends will be sharing from their experiences of meeting newcomers, sharing some of the challenges that they face, and suggesting different ways that people can help newcomers feel welcome.
Pam deWilde is Coordinator of the Inter-Church Immigrant Support Group (IISG). She and her family live in Oshawa. They have lived in Durham Region for thirteen years. In 2008-2009, while traveling around the world, Pam and her family spent time in language-learning and volunteering in 4 countries. In her role with IISG, Pam seeks out opportunities to extend the same warm, welcoming hospitality to newcomers arriving in the Durham Region that she and her family experienced while abroad.
Just back from walking, and walking and walking in USC's highest elevation programs, in Humla Nepal, Kate Green will bring to the fellowship stories and challenges from her recent trip. The phrase 'Namaste - where are you going' occurred hundreds of times a day as she and her Nepali colleagues encountered others on the trails. Where are these communities going as food systems, weather and society change?
Kate Green is the Program Manager for Nepal at USC Canada. Kate is also involved in USC's new program in Canada, and food justice activism in her own community of Ottawa.
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