The Religious Exploration (RE) Led Service is entirely planned and led by the children and youth of UUCD. It’s something we look forward to… a chance to put our own spin on a Sunday morning. Come prepared for a few twists on the typical UU service.
Mike Szarka - Exit, Stage Left
Mike will talk about life's many transitions and goodbyes and how we deal with them.
Mike Szarka and his family have been members of UUCD for more than 9 years. No stranger to transitions, Mike has just started his new job as Director of Research Partnerships at the University of Waterloo, where the rest of the Szarkas will transition to in April.
What is ours to change... and what is beyond our control? Knowing the difference can be helpful in this life full of planned and unplanned events.
The irreverent Ric Jones received a Master’s from Oklahoma State University focusing on cross-cultural communication. In May 2012, Ric received a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois. Ric is a certified Healthy Congregation/Organizational facilitator and has completed both the basic and advanced clinics in Emotional Process in Family Systems. His educational background helps to provide a framework to continue to support corporate executives and congregational leadership focused on transformational change, stress management and how family of origin and social locations impact the person and the organization. If you are an ‘outside of the box’ leader, you will enjoy the “ministry” that Ric provides from his own independent perspective.
Rev. Carly Gaylor – Active Hope
How do we maintain hope in the face of story after story of hardship, suffering, and environmental degradation in the world? How do we maintain hope in our UU community as we try to find common ground from which to act together for change? Drawing on work by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, we’ll explore hope as a spiritual practice.
Rev. Carly Gaylor serves as Assistant Minister for Outreach and Social Justice at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton. She is passionate about social justice as well as community-building and spiritual growth. She enjoys sports (running, ultimate frisbee, and soccer) as well as embodied spiritual practice, and recently became a certified yoga teacher. And she remembers fondly and with gratitude her time here as an intern in 2009-2010.
Lori Kyle – Honorable Inspirations?
In a spirit of celebration of International Women's Day (March 8th), we will explore the roles of women in faith traditions. We will also consider what we as Unitarian Universalists can do to honour the messages embedded in the film Honor Diaries (a film about 'honour' violence against women and girls).
Lori Kyle is the UUCD’s spiritual leader. In May 2014 Lori completed her Master of Divinity degree. She hopes to be ordained in 2015 following her meeting with the Unitarian Universalist Association Ministerial Fellowship Committee in April.
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