This Sunday, we'll draw inspiration from books by two Indigenous authors:
Each year of the Canadian Unitarian Council's Annual Conference, a minister, selected by their peers, gives a "Confluence Lecture" on a topic of their choice with the hope that it will inspire and challenge Canadian UUs across the country. This year, Rev. Anne Barker shared her insights entitled "A New Premise" in 3 parts and has made them available for congregations to use. This Sunday Rev. Anne will be our speaker via the first part of her Confluence Lecture; the full lecture sparked significant and meaningful sharing at the recent CUC conference, going more than an hour and a half past the scheduled end time. Attending this Sunday gives UUCDers the opportunity to be part of an ongoing national discussion.
An intergenerational service of sharing, mutual support, fun, and humour. Please bring something for 'show and tell' - a joke, a story, a picture, a video, a song or anything else that has either brought meaning in your life over the last year, or things you are looking forward to in the coming weeks and months.
How do you steer in a world that is constantly shifting under your feet? Come hear the story of the 75,000 person UU humour group, and its accidental beginning. And what it teaches us about navigating in a world of constant change.
“When I think about the world, especially right now, I see a myriad of ways people are suffering and I hope and pray for healing. But sometimes healing doesn't look like cure or eradication of pain and harm. Sometimes healing comes in unexpected ways. I'll share a personal story as we explore different understandings of healing in our lives.”
Apr 25 – Julien LeBourdais – A Photographic Odyssey - from Stanley Cups to Prime Ministers to John Lennon
Julien will share the highlights of his 30 year career as a photojournalist with photographs including the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup, five Canadian prime ministers, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Queen Elizabeth, rock concerts, celebrities and villains. He will ask us if it's true that "a picture is worth 1000 words" or that "the camera never lies".
As Unitarian Universalists, we value diversity and inclusion; openness to people and to perspectives is one of our core values. In this service we'll explore the ways in which we live this well and the ways we falter, taking an honest look at the diversity in our midst and the invitations for transformation that are knocking at our door.
There is no word, historically, for "religion" in Arabic, Mandarin or the many languages of either India or the Indigenous Americas. It is solely a European word. These origins have created a bias in what we think "religion" is, which impacts our attitudes and even our law systems in regards to religion. Today, we will experiment with taking those lenses off and looking at how some diverse religions can be understood when we see them more clearly.
In celebration of Easter, we'll explore truth - what do we believe to be true, how do we decide what is true as individuals and in community, and how does our understanding of truth evolve over time? The story "The Emperor's New Clothes" will be our time for all ages and will be a starting point for exploring truth alongside the Christian Easter story.
This might seem simple - why do we gather? For spiritual growth, for friendship, for transformation, for community, for fun, to be part of building a better world. But it is also more than that. Why and how we gather is an especially important question when we think about growing our congregation - who else might find meaning here? What does belonging look like? How does our congregational culture influence who finds a home with us and how?
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