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.

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)

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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19.07.07 Labyrinth Or Maze (588.3 KiB)

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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/

Labyrinth or maze? Reflections 20 years later

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

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19.07.07 Labyrinth Or Maze (588.3 KiB)

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

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Mother’s Day and Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. At UCV it coincides with Mother’s Day, celebrating how our individual contributions to mentoring/parenting/mothering enable our children and young people to grow up and flourish as adults.
Please bring some flowers to share! (We’ll also hear something about the phenomenon of emotional/interpretive labour.)
Helen Hansen vocals and Michael Creber piano and the Chalice Choir sings.

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May 12 2019 - Mothers Day Flower Communion (467.0 KiB)

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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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May 26 2019 - Air Communion (369.8 KiB)

Encountering our Ancestors XIV

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fourteenth 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.

Walt Whitman poem here:

https://amiracarluccio.com/2018/06/01/preface-to-leaves-of-grass-this-is-what-you-shall-do-by-walt-whitman-part-one/

https://www.bartleby.com/39/45.html

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

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October 28 2018 - Encountering Our Ancestors XIV-1 (1.8 MiB)

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2018-10-28 Encountering Our Ancestors XIV – Wiszowaty Greg Farmer Stevenson (74.6 KiB)

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Encountering our Ancestors XIV

Air Communion Service by Louise Bunn

See below for a link to Louise’s sermon, readings and chart of correspondences.

Each year, our services include Water Communion, Flower (Earth) Communion, and Fire Communion. With this service, we complete the cycle of the four classical elements with an Air Communion. Come prepared to breathe.

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August 12 2018 - Air Communion (622.8 KiB)

August 12 2018 - Air Communion Insert 1 (28.8 KiB)

August 12 2018 - Air Communion Insert 2 (77.7 KiB)

Homily

Air Communion Homily (106.3 KiB)

All My Relations

The Environment Committee is honoured to present Aline LaFlamme as guest speaker for the Earth Day service. Aline will share the Aboriginal world view with a focus on how all things in Creation are viewed and how that impacts our sense of ourselves in relation to all life forms. This results in a Bill of Responsibilities rather than a Bill of Rights.

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April 22 2018 - All My Relations (501.6 KiB)

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