In the Christian tradition Easter is a celebration of new life through redemption from limitations of humanity. There are many ways in which we not only live with, but to some degree foster, internal limitations that obstruct fully experiencing life. Today we will explore the impact that deception has on our pursuit to live to our truest and fullest potential, and how appreciating its impact can bring us new life.
Given that over 40% of first time marriages (and 60% of second marriages) end in divorce, in an attempt to discover what the key factors are in sustaining a long marriage Cheryl has conducted a small survey among married couples. Most have been married over 25 years and several over 45 years although a couple of insightful respondents, now divorced, have offered thoughts in hindsight about what would have saved their marriages. Cheryl is excited to share the results of her survey with you.
Creation is often a two sided coin, one side representing our human ability to create something from nothing, or something using tools and imagination. The other side of that coin being that part of creation that we do not have control over, that we might not even have understanding of. Such as how the universe was created or why is it still expanding. This richness of the word Creation brings to mind the mystery of creative powers, both of our own powers, but also the creative powers of the Universe. Let us explore these mysteries together, not necessarily to gain a deeper understanding of what is happening, but to revel at the power, the mystery and the creation.
Our society offers increasing opportunities for religious travel, to visit, engage and encounter diverse religious communities. Does such "travel" matter? What is its importance and what does it offer us? In this talk, an experienced traveller and guide for others will look back on what such travel has taught him.
Random grace. Casual grace. Saving grace. Universal grace. Transcendent grace. Transformative grace. All are here around us and among us. This is why we live constantly in grace.
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As a Program Manager at USC Canada, an international social justice and development agency that works with farming communities to secure local food and seed in a system to support sustainable livelihoods, Kate will tell us about projects carried out by the USC, especially in Bangladesh.
It seems that fear is part of our human existence. Shall we work to banish it from our lives or should we strive to be its friend?
A young woman shocks her devout Baptist family when in 1946 she leaves her native Dartmouth to steal away to Toronto to marry an African-Canadian, Bill White, of Nova Scotia. The woman’s mother initiated an intense letter-writing campaign to dissuade her 21-year-old from marrying a ‘negro’. These letters tell the story of a woman who rejected the rhetoric of those racist times and endured the familial shunning that came with her decision about interracial marriage. They also represent a woman’s decision to reject her faith in favour of a more egalitarian and accepting one. The woman was Vivian White, long time Unitarian and a founding member of the Don Heights Congregation in 1960. How did Vivian and Bill transcend racism, and how can we do so today? This will be the focus of a talk by their daughter, Sheila, as she shines a light on the letters kept hidden for 70 years.
Bring to the service your very own favourite poems to read aloud to the congregation. They could be written by you or someone else. If you would like to perform a musical piece, bring it and your instrument to play. If you want an electric piano keyboard without a pedal, ask Cynthia Nidd to bring the one that belongs to the UUCD. And please remember to bring some chocolate for the chocolate communion.
Buddhism encourages you to examine everything. Among its practitioners are many scientists and psychologists. David will explore his personal path, talking about some of the pitfalls and benefits to choosing this path.
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