Many Unitarians hold to a Canadian ethos on race that continues to characterize our nation as a meritorious society which is openly accepting of black people. Within this ethos is the view that the lack of opportunities and reduced quality of life for blacks is due to individual failings or lack of compatibility with Canadian culture and tradition. That ethos makes historical omission and exclusion of blacks necessary in order to create the illusion of harmony for those who want to define Canada as a white, just, non-racist nation. The ethos serves to under play our racialised past and stands in conflict with UUs’ Second Principle: justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. This talk is based on early records of Canadian slavery and is
presented as an assault on the racial tenement of the Canadian ethos.
Experiences of burnout, exhaustion and busyness abound in our society, and congregational life is often no exception. Where do we find quiet, renewal and oasis from the hectic nature of contemporary life? What would it take to find and maintain balance? We’ll explore together.
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Autonomy is such a heralded concept in Unitarian Universalism that one can easily overlook the importance of community. As we honour the UU tradition of Flower Communion this Sunday, we will explore how this celebration connects us.
Please remember to bring a flower to contribute to the service if possible.
(Note: This is a multi-generational service; the children stay upstairs for the service.)
How have human relationships in the history of Canada have fallen short? A history of promises made, and of promises broken. A history that started hundreds of years ago, and a history that happened just last week. How can we, as Canadian Unitarian Universalists live into this vision of our world? As we learn about the people with whom we share this country, both those who have been here for centuries, and those only just arriving, can we begin to forge a sense of interdependence?
(This will be a video streamed talk.)
In his presentation about “success”, Peter Lauricella will discuss how interconnected success and failure are, and how one can lead to the other. He will discuss the “right” way to fail and what lessons failure can teach us.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” –– Ernest Hemingway
In this brief and provocative session, the history of colonialism and the implications for the Indigenous community will be reviewed. It will be emphasizing the current reconciliation efforts and inviting participants to take responsibility in Canada’s history by exploring what reconciliation is and what it means to them.
Being honest with others is an important foundation for right relation with others. How about with oneself? What helps us be honest with ourselves? The fourth of twelve steps toward recovery pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous is to take an inventory of the self. How might such a practice benefit every one of us?
Is honesty the best policy in all situations? Are there boundaries to honesty? Is your expression of honesty aligned with your values?
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.
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