Topic: Community

Finding Solace

Sept 22  Finding Solace (Rev. Steven Epperson)

How do we console one another?  Where do we go and what does it look like?  In times of job precarity, shocks to health, loss of a loved one, a planet heating up—more than ever we need one another and honest words and deeds of solidarity and solace.

Finding Balance

In this First Sunday all – congregation worship service we’ll be exploring ways in which we can be a people of balance. The ideal and practice of finding balance has been a key feature in religions, the sciences, the arts, and in our lived encounter with the rhythms of nature and the stages of our own lives.

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May 5 2019 - Finding Balance (459.3 KiB)

Embracing the Future

Our pledge drive kick-off lifts up and celebrates the vision of our congregation and its future. More than ever, the importance of a self-defining, self-governing and self-financing congregation strikes me as both visionary and essential for sustaining the deeper meaning and purpose of our community and our faith.

The Chalice Choir and Michael & Eleanore Dunn will perform.

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April 7 2019 - Embracing The Future (478.0 KiB)

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2019-04-07-Embracing_the_Future.mp3

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2019-04-07 Embracing Our Future (58.9 KiB)

 

Loving Determination

Sarah Kendall had a cerebral hemorrhage with right-side hemiplegia in her fifties, and has spent the last 13 years learning ‘how to inhabit this unfamiliar body’, and how to deal with all the sorrows and joys which surround her.
Before the stroke, she was a Massage Therapist, and facilitated communication workshops for women. Since the stroke she has suffered from expressive aphasia and loss of speech, rendering communication extremely challenging.
She is the author of the book Let Me Show You Chocolate Lilies.

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March 17 2019 - Loving Determination (424.8 KiB)

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2019-03-17-Loving_Determination.mp3

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.
Music: Luke Moore (clarinet) and friends

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January 20 2019 - Sanctuary (580.7 KiB)

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Abundance and Thanksgiving

This all-congregation Thanksgiving Sunday celebrates abundance, the having enough, and more, of good things in our lives. Abundance doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It’s more a recognition that, to quote Wendell Berry, “what we need is here.” It means gratitude for abundance in our world, our community, from family to friends to a congregation, as well as abundance in justice making.
The Chalice Choir sings

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October 7 2018 - Abundance And Gratitude (358.4 KiB)

Peak Bull

It’s no secret that we’re contending with a world awash in bullying, post-truth, and alternative facts. Unitarians are committed by covenant to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

We’ll look at what’s being called the new war on truth and consider how we could and should fight back

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September 23 2018 - Peak Bull (557.0 KiB)

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2018-09-23 Peak Bull (82.9 KiB)

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2018-09-23-Peak_Bull.mp3

Water Communion / In-Gathering

We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2018 – 19 year with our annual Water Communion. Please bring some water from your summer experiences, as well as an object like a photo, seashell, stone, or feather, that’s special to you.

We’ll fill our common bowl and create an altar.

The Chalice Choir sings.

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September 9 2018 - Water Gathering (566.9 KiB)

Growing Eden in the Heart of the City

Jen will share stories, learnings and dreams from Growing Eden, a garden-based program in South East Vancouver for refugee and immigrant families. This program has been built and funded through UCV generosity.

Jen is a former Associate Director of the Children and Youth program at UCV.

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September 2 2018 - Growing Eden (634.4 KiB)

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2018-09-02 Growing Eden In The Heart Of The City (Jen Rashleigh) (95.5 KiB)

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