Topic: Earth-centered

Worship services and rituals with an earth-centered spiritual style. The church has a Pagan Committee that offers occasional rituals and workshops.

Women and Wisdom: International Women’s Day

The ages-long experience of the Great Mother is the foundation of cultures all over the world: she was nature, she was the earth and she was the unseen dimension of soul or spirit. In the Hebrew Scriptures, wisdom is portrayed as a woman and as the tree of life, representing all women—discerning what goes on in day to day life and as wisdom-carriers of all humanity.  Join us for this celebration of International Women’s Day and our journey with wisdom.

Reflections on Reconciliation

Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada means different things to different people. Is it demonstrating compassion and understanding about the impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples? Or is it about working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples on issues of justice and equity and developing relationships of respect and trust? Is reconciliation truly possible? What will it take? And what can Unitarians do to work towards reconciliation?

Bruce McIvor and Aline LaFlamme

The Story/Our Story

Spread across continents and centuries, the story of Unitarianism is vast, maddening and thrilling.  We’ll explore its main outlines, themes, characters, and issues.  All in one worship service?  Let’s see what we can do; I think it will be worth it—a story that we can understand, value and carry with us on our journey.

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Fire Communion

In between the closing of the old year and the unfurling of the new, we come together in a ritual of reflection, letting go, and looking forward.

Fire Communion is an opportunity to cast the emotional baggage of the old year into the flames and, lighter in spirit, set our intentions for the year to come.

This year, Mary Bennett will offer some reflections on the element of fire in our lives.

Patrick Dubois will treat us to music.

Wendy Bryan will lead the ritual of burning rosemary sprigs in our cauldron of transformation.

This is the 8th day of Hanukkah and we will light a menorrah – Sheila Resels.

People silently toss their sprig into the flames.Following the service there will be a sharing circle (“covenant group”) in Hewett Hall where you will be invited to share your comments if you so wish.

Encountering our Ancestors XV  

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fifteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition.

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See previous Ancestors services at: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/topic/ancestors/

Last Year’s Podcast: Encountering our Ancestors XIV

Water Communion / In-Gathering

We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2019-20 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.

(Image: print from Four Elements series by Joanne Brown; used with permission)

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Living Within the Interdependent Web

The 7th Unitarian principle underlies the other six, but the interdependent web also includes all the other-than-human species and beings with whom we share the Earth. How conscious are we, in our daily lives, of our place within the web, of our interdependence with all the beings in existence? Is it just an abstract principle to which we give intellectual assent, or does the awareness of our interdependence permeate our lives so that it governs all our actions? How do we cultivate and enhance this awareness so that we are always conscious of our place within the web?

Martha Saunders, Ph.D., moved to Vancouver from Ontario three years ago with her partner Mairy Beam. Martha had an academic career teaching Religious Studies at Concordia University and the University of Toronto, and specialized in religious ethics and the environment. Before moving to Vancouver, she was for 20 years one of the leaders of a small eco-spiritual community in Toronto that drew inspiration from the works of such thinkers as Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Joanna Macy, and others who have contributed to the development of eco-spirituality.

 

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2019-07-07 Labyrinth Or Maze (850.3 KiB)

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We Have Come To Be Danced

This body. Your body. Your particular body. All that this body has lived through, endured, loved – every breath, every beat of the heart – is a dance. We will listen together to what our bodies have to say, and allow it to expand, to speak, to express itself through movement and music. From wheelchairs, from standing, from sitting in a chair – all bodies are welcome.

Sheila is a Jungian Analyst, Body-Voice Specialist and International BodySoul facilitator. She teaches locally as well as internationally, and leads study groups, dreams groups and workshops in Vancouver.

https://www.sheilalangston.com/

Air Communion

Each year, our worship services feature classic elements of water, earth, and fire as means for celebrating our communion as a congregation. We share feelings and thoughts together in fellowship when we bring water in September, flowers on Mother’s Day and when we kindle flames on the last Sunday of the year. Today, we bring air, the fourth element to our service. Come prepared to breathe.

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