Wrongful convictions take a tremendous toll on the accused and are a blemish on our justice system. The causes of wrongful convictions and how they can be prevented will be discussed. We will look into some of Canada’s best known wrongful murder convictions and the actions of Innocence Canada, a volunteer organization that has been able to exonerate 21 men and women who had been convicted of murder.
–– with guest choir from Don Heights Congregation under the direction of Sheila White.
Aging and elderhood have an ambiguous place in our culture. Most of us have probably been told at some point - maybe when we were children - to "respect our elders." But what does this mean? And what is an elder, anyway? Is it only a matter of age? And what is the relationship between age and wisdom? What do our notions of progress mean for our relationship with age? These are some of the questions we'll explore, as we wonder how to create and sustain a culture of healthy elderhood.
Pauline will talk about her varied experiences in Nepal especially featuring her second trip when she and her husband, Dave, were there during the massive earthquake in 2015. She will also talk about their subsequent formation of a charity to help the people of Nepal called Aanandit Aid to Nepal.
Peter Lauricella will talk about the first US Thanksgiving, the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and Thanksgivings in other countries.
He will also invite you to tell of your most memorable or unusual or very special Thanksgiving celebration.
Water is a semi-renewable resource that will become increasingly scarce on this planet in the coming years. Examining your relationship and knowledge of water will enable you to deepen both your faith and your understanding.
What is our relationship with forgiveness? Is it, as some suggest, a spiritual practice? Or is it merely pragmatic? During these days of divisive and hurtful political dialogue we might usefully ask ourselves where forgiveness fits into our lives.
This week we will be exploring life stages and transitions with a service on rites of passage and in-between times. We tend to associate the concept of rites of passage with the transition from childhood to adulthood, but this is just one of many transitions in life which have been traditionally marked with ritual. We'll explore he relationship between gradual and dramatic change, and ask what it takes to navigate this in life-giving ways, as well as the role of mentors and communities of support.
As we gather together in community once again after summer's break, we will celebrate the UU tradition of Water Communion. While we will certainly share waters from our recent journeys, we will also explore how other kinds of water can be recognized as sacred. (Please bring a small amount of water from your experience).
In a world where power is so often misused and abused, what is true power? We'll explore where we find and how we share our inner strength, including a celebration of the fathers in our midst.
UUs have a great capacity for Wonder, Awe and Mystery, most often in our responses to the natural world: animal, vegetable and mineral. As animals ourselves, we find amazement in life and love, birth and growth and even death. We also experience it at the microcosm of split atoms; or the macrocosm of stars and galaxies. All these kinds of infinity and intricacy are filled with beauty, intrigue and mysteries to solve. And then there’s the mystical level, too
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