Arts and Creativity

On Gratitude and the Power of Life

Continuing in the spirit of our Thanksgiving season, in word, music and art, we’ll share thoughts and feelings about the things we are grateful for and the power of life we enjoy. We welcome all ages to this worship service.

Dancing the Living Tradition

Have you noticed the invitations to sacred circle dancing and wondered what it’s all about? Mairy and Mary will share how circle dance became an important part of their spiritual journeys. A group of Unitarians will demonstrate some of the dances to songs from Singing the Living Tradition. During the service, you’ll be invited to sing or tap your toes or dance in the aisles. Our mantra in circle dance is: There are no wrong steps, only variations. All variations are welcome – even two left feet. Click below to see the text of our two talks and additional information. Dancing the Living Tradition Reflections Pianist: Eric Wyness Soloist: Nicola Hamilton

Foolish Wisdom: Tricksters, Unitarians, and the Sacred Messiness of Change

Certainty is comforting. When things are certain, we know what to expect, how to react. And then, of course, life happens. Tricksters are boundary-crossers, game changers, the epitome of unexpectedness. What can they teach us about making mistakes, getting dirty, and the sacred role of laughter in our creative spiritual work? Speaker: Leonie Armstrong Pianist: Eric Wyness

Elizabeth Gaskell: Unitarian Novelist in Industrial Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a widely popular mid-Victorian novelist who was also a strong Unitarian. She lived most of her adult life in Manchester, cradle of the industrial revolution and notorious battle-ground between unions and mill-owners. Her two novels set in Manchester, Mary Barton and North and South, (click for free e-book) are unique in Victorian fiction in depicting the workers with absolute equality, in showing how they practice mutual aid, and in letting her working-class characters make strong arguments for the right of unions to strike. She was convinced that social problems can be resolved through dialogue based on equality. Speaker: Mason Harris Pianist: Nicola Hamilton Read the Sermon:  ElizabethGaskell_MasonHarris_July2017 Listen: More on Elizabeth Gaskell You might enjoy listening to the BBC In Our Time podcast on North and South. The Vancouver Public Library has the DVDs Cranford. People of all ages loved the Library Lion story.

The Creative Journey

When Katie retired from the ministry and started art quilting, she was struck by the details of her creative process and how moving from words to visual art was both similar and different. And then she realized that creativity – and the risk-taking necessary – leads to a more interesting and satisfying life. Rev. Katie Stein Sather has ministered at several congregations in Canada and the US. Since retiring from active ministry five years ago, she focuses on paddling and textile art. She has paddled the ultra-marathon canoe race, the 717 km. Yukon River Quest, three times. Rev. Katie Stein Sather  

Encountering Our Ancestors X (2014)

Encountering Our Ancestors X Rev. Steven Epperson and guests from the past – November 2, 2014 – 11:00 am – Music: Mazurkas    F. Chopin Mazurka     Chopin via Rosemary Brown* Mazurka     F. Chopin performed by E. Dainow To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation** With Mary Murray and Fritz Muntean Encountering our Ancestors X (scripts by Steven Epperson)   Lelio Sozzini    (1525 – 1562)   Theologian   Colin Cameron Maria Cook    (1779 – 1835)   Universalist Preacher        Leonie Armstrong Margaret Benedictsson  (1866 – 1956)   Women’s Rights Activist   Thora Gislason William Carlos Williams   (1883 – 1963)   Doctor/Poet   Keith Wilkinson Closing Hymn       God Bless the Grass Malvina Reynolds     performed by E. Dainow * At this time of year the veil between living and dead is said to be thinnest and so these pieces seem appropriate. In the ’60’s, “Chopin and other composers were busily transmitting new compositions … Continued