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.
Karen Ormerod, Executive Director of Durham Hospice, will be speaking to us about the ins and outs of the hospice movement. Started in the 70s by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, hospice has enjoyed tremendous growth in the US and in Canada. Who qualifies for hospice care? How much does it cost? Who can become a hospice volunteer, and how? Hospice
volunteers are part of a large team that help dying patients "live until they die".
Come and learn more about the hospice movement in Durham.
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. A former active member of First Parish UU Church in Bridgewater, MA, Peter is currently a member of the UUCD Worship Committee.
Rev. Jack will explore several possibilities of who Jesus of Nazareth actually was…including the possibility that such a person did not actually exist. More importantly, perhaps, she ponders the question , “Does it matter?”
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.
We are entering an era which will bring about radical changes in how we view the world. A paradigm shift is under way: while the economy switches into no-growth gear, quality-of-life will replace standard-of-living as the genuine indicator of human progress. We will realise that nature is setting boundaries that put constraints on what the planet can provide, mainly by the growing shortage of natural resources. This talk addresses how the infinite-growth paradigm is failing, especially our debt-based economy run by flat currencies. However, not all is lost. The era of sharing has begun!
Dr. Peter Berg was born and raised in Germany. He holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Bristol, UK (2001). He is now associate professor of physics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and director of its Energy and the Environment program. Besides research that relates to fuel cells and energy-economic models, his interests encompass the impact of resource scarcity and a world oil production peak on the global economy and our way-of-life. Peter's true passion lies in writing and giving public talks about our home, Earth.
Get ready for a brief trivia quiz that will appeal to people of all ages (hopefully). Then, based on the last answer of the quiz, Ric will discuss what might be understood as spiritual values from this classic and unusual source. We will continue the discussion by expanding upon an old text and what it might mean for a purposeful community.
Rickey Lee Jones is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago-a Unitarian Universalist seminary. He is currently involved in a two-year part time ministerial internship at the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough. This is Ric's final year of study towards what will be his second Master's degree (M.Div).
Joseph Campbell says, “If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential." This morning, Bahi Krishnakanthan will talk about letting go of old, self defeating ways and the rewards and joys that can be yours if you honour your own path and "follow your bliss".
Bahi Krishnakanthan is a motivational speaker, facilitator and therapist who lives in Ajax. Previously a successful business woman and community activist, she has won numerous accolades and awards for her work with women, immigrants, human rights groups, and other community development projects in Durham Region . In 2005, she was the recipient of a Durham Region Women of Distinction award and in 2008, the Governor General's Caring Canadian award. Bahi currently chooses to focus her energy on helping others find their own true calling so that they might live more purposefully and passionately.
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