All of us have our own 'stuff' that we have to walk through and deal with throughout our lives. One of the 'tricks' is to spend more energy discovering and appreciating the gems along the way rather than the struggle of working through the muck. Part of this presentation will be about what is possible.
Ric Jones is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. He received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois in May 2012. Currently, Ric serves as a member of the national (USA) Board of Directors and Canadian Representative for the Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevus Syndrome (BCCNS) Life Support Network based in Ohio. He has been tasked to establish a similar organization here in Canada. Ric has also been attending several training sessions (e.g., Healthy Congregations facilitator, Emotional Process in Family Systems) as foundational to the development of his own business of ministry to organizations and congregations to help them become healthier through change transformation, educational initiatives and stakeholder engagement.
As spring slowly renews the land, what spiritual seeds can we plant in our own lives? How do we find the patience and care to tend to our spiritual needs?
Fiona Heath is the recently appoitnted minister of the UUCD. Her previous duties have included serving as a ministerial intern and then summer minister at the First Untiatrian Congregation of Toronto.
Dr. Hannah Scott is a founding faculty member of UOIT. Her specializations include victimology, statistics, homicide studies, and more recently, the addition of drug courts to the Canadian Legal System. She is a founder and current Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Survey Research (CESR), which provides a full complement of high-quality evaluation and survey research services in a technologically enhanced environment to the university and larger community.
When we see ourselves as ‘the realest, most vivid and important person in existence,’ how can we possibly respect and interact in a meaningful way with the ‘other’? Cheryl, fresh from her stay in Key West and participation in the “One Island Family” UU church, will share her thoughts about the possibility of a world united as one. From a parade on Martin Luther King Day and a MLK service in an AME church…to observing people on the streets of ‘Paradise’ she ponders the question.
Rev. Cheryl Jack is minister emerita of the UUCD. She lives in Beaverton with Andris and new family member, Domino the Shih Tzu. Life in small town Ontario agrees with her and she finds plenty to keep her busy including participation in the work of “Big Sisters of Durham Region”.
Reflecting on Unitarian Universalism as a religion of connection, what stories, what vision, what hope do we offer people in the twenty-first century?
Fiona Heath is our candidate minister and became a UU minister in September 2012. Last year she was the Intern Minister at First Toronto and stayed on as their Summer Minister. Fiona lives in Waterloo with her partner and son.
"Unitarians don’t generally believe that the world was supposed to have ended last year, but we have apocalyptic worries of our own. What can we do to ensure that these visions don’t become a reality? How can we shape the future that we DO want?" Alisa returns to the UUCD today for part two of her thoughts on the global condition. Alisa spoke to the UUCD two years ago on Global Climate Change. Lingering questions about "what can we do?" have led Alisa to develop this sequel talk.
Today we'll learn about the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2006. The Campaign currently boasts more than 240 grandmother groups across Canada who have raised more than $10 million for grass roots projects in fifteen sub-Saharan African countries.
Tinie Evans came to Canada from the Netherlands when she was 9 years old. She is a mother of two and grandmother of two. She has been a teacher in Scarborough and Durham and finished her teaching career as a principal. She volunteered for 13 years with Amnesty International. Now she loves doing Tai Chi, living on the lake in Port Perry and helping other grannies in South Africa.
Anna Kerz tells stories that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. She has shared her talks with listeners in schools, libraries, community gatherings and festivals in Toronto, Ottawa and St. Marys.
Anna Kerz is one of the coordinators of 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, the longest running storytelling event in the world. She was also one of the founders of the StoryJam Program which is designed to help young people learn and tell their own tales. When she’s not telling stories, Anna is writing. To date she is the author of three award-winning books for middle grade readers.
Including Chocolate Communion, today's service will focus on music and singing. Special guests today are The Spirit Choir from Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation. There will be much singing of choirs alone, together and with the congregation.
Norah Love is a founding member of the UUCD who currently serves on the Worship Committee. She is a frequent leader of Sunday Services and often provides musical support to the congregation through song or guitar accompaniment. Norah is a practicing Social Worker and is married to Drummond White, the UUCD’s Lay Chaplain.
Fiona will speak about balance - finding balance in an unbalanced world.
Fiona Heath became a UU minister in September 2012. Last year she was the Intern Minister at First Toronto and stayed on as their Summer Minister. She lives in Waterloo with her partner and son.
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