Gifts can be tricky. To decide on what to give someone special, or being aware when something special has been given to us, can be a spiritual practice in itself.
Rodrigo Solano‑Quesnel is the Intern Minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. He has a Master of Divinity from the Montreal School of Theology and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University in Ottawa. He has served in worship and governance at the Montreal and Ottawa congregations.
This is the season of anticipation as we prepare for the winter holidays, holidays which mix delight with dread. How can we get through the next few weeks with grace? Can our Unitarian tradition help us enjoy the best of the season?
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.
Dr. Maria Montessori said, "Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." She was a remarkable woman who made huge contributions to early childhood education. "The Montessori Method" is in use in all parts of the world, and is especially well suited to enhancing growth and development of infants, toddlers and young children. We will discuss the life of Maria Montessori and her theories of learning and methods of teaching.
Peter Lauricella was born in Boston, MA and spent most of his life in greater Boston. He taught Kindergarten in the public schools for several years, where he used his woodworking skills to design and develop many learning materials consistent with Montessori's theories. Now a permanent Canadian resident, he and his wife, Marilyn, have lived in Port Perry for almost 4 years.
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