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.
We can’t help ourselves. The chips and pie are in the next room calling us away from the comfy couch and TV in the livingroom/mancave. It’s a natural response. But somehow we’re being told that carbs, fats and sweets are bad for us… along with too much time sitting on our duffs. Perhaps a new religion for the fittest might help!
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.
Sharon Loverock is Professor in the Philosophy department at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON.
Isn't it a great feeling when you prepare food for others and they respond favourably to your efforts! Have you ever thought of all the different people who are involved in the planting, growth, harvesting, shipping, packaging and sales of the foods we use? Have you ever thought how this might differ from how food gets to the table in other parts of the world? There is a spirituality to cooking that is worthy of sharing and discussion. On March 4th, we'll talk about these things.
Peter Lauricella was born in Boston, Ma. and spent almost all of his life in suburban Boston. A former active member of First Parish UU Church in Bridgewater, MA, Peter is a member of UUCD and serves on the UUCD Worship Committee.
Mindfulness: What is it and how is it utilized? Does it have a place in your life?
Robert Pepler MSW, RSW works privately and on the Adolescent Unit at Ontario Shores and utilizes mindfulness practices daily with himself and in individual, family and group sessions. He has co-led workshops on ‘Mindfulness and Mental Health’ and ‘Mindfulness and Psychotherapy’ and has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Kelly Wilson, etc.
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