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Labyrinth or maze? Reflections 20 years later

Karen Bartlett and Mary Bennett created a temporary labyrinth and led a worship service 20 years ago. Here, they reflect on their continuing interest, share the history of the two labyrinths on our site, and invite you to use labyrinths as meditation and as metaphor.

Click here for the order of service and text of their talks.

Building a Failure Muscle

In the immediate aftermath of failure, be it personal or professional, we languish in a gully of desperation and hopelessness, convinced that we will never taste competence, let alone success, again.
Bouncing back from failure is a practice. Author and UCV member Lorimer Shenher explains how his life’s personal and professional challenges led him to believe in a failure muscle. He explores ways to strengthen ours, not only building our individual resilience, but enabling us to embolden our global quest for justice and peace.

Refugees and Distress Migration – Where are we in 2019?

Hugette Sansonnet Hayden explores the historical background and the current issues of conflict, climate change and poverty that are fueling the migration crisis we are witnessing. Do we have a duty of care, and to whom?

She examines religious attitudes and philosophical approaches to the ethics of hospitality and explore how modern international mobility and immigration control adds to the problems of finding workable and humane solutions.

Huguette has been extensively involved with the Vancouver Unitarians refugee committee for many years.

Labour and Capital in Canada

One hundred years ago, working women and men staged strikes across Canada (with its epicentre in Winnipeg) in protest against unemployment, inflation, bad work conditions, low wages and in favour of collective bargaining. Management and government responded with massive obstruction and violence. It would take another three decades before Canadian workers secured union recognition and collective bargaining rights.

Consider this a May Day sermon.

Deep Green Change

The looming threats of climate change and biodiversity loss are caused by human behaviour. To modify behaviour, we can use incentives and discouragements. But they won’t stick without deeper change – a profound shift in our sense of ourselves and the world.

As Christ harrowed Hell to free lost souls, as Orpheus dove into Hades to save his Beloved, so we must visit the Underworld to find the Deep Green Change.

In this homily, Dr. George gives precise directions to the entrance to the Underworld. The rest is up to you.

Religious Naturalism

While sharing core values, Unitarians, worldwide, are noted for theological diversity that ranges from pagan spirituality to secular humanism. We’ll be looking at a rich source drawn from our theological diversity, called “religious naturalism.”

While viewing that the natural world is all we have reason to believe exists, religious naturalism is deeply attuned to a sense of reverence in response to the beauty and scope of the natural world.

A Beautiful World of Broken Hearts

Justice work is the mystic’s path.

Guest minister Rev. Ron Phares invites us to contemplate justice and the opportunities it offers to create a more beautiful world and a more connected spirituality. We will walk reflectively from heartbreak to joy in pursuit of justice, equity, and compassion.

Sanctuary and the Vision of Religion

The principle and practice of providing sanctuary has been a lesser known but core feature of the religious vision from the beginnings of cultures down to the present.
Exploring the rites and right of sanctuary is a fitting way to commemorate this year’s Martin Luther King Day.