Spring Awakening A whole congregation worship service

The seasons continue cycling through the year. We stand at the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many cultures celebrate this occasion by saying farewell to winter and welcoming spring. We’ll be doing it too, drawing on Jewish, pagan and Japanese sources. Expect stories about trees, fish and incantations driving out demons and welcoming in happiness. Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service

Do Trees have Rights?

Unitarians promise to “affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Some recent, and truly remarkable, court cases and legislation are making this affirmation even more meaningful. In view of our principles and the sources of our living tradition, and in honour of Tu B’Shevat – the festival of trees and the environment – exploring the legal standing of trees, rivers and the land seems particularly relevant today. ( BTW it’s bring a friend Sunday.) The Chalice Choir sings Order of Service: Listen:

Is Nature Thriving?

It may come as quite a surprise, but there’s a growing dissident view coming from some ecologists that nature is not about to give up. While some news is really bad, nature may be thriving in spite of, and in many instances because of, human engagement with the world. The Chalice Choir sings Order of Service: Listen:

The Future: Pessimistic or Optimistic?

Recently, I was asked this question: “Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the future?” To be sure, there are reasons enough to be less than cheerful about what is to be. And yet, and yet… I want to share a real story about a shepherd in northern England that gives me hope. This is a First Sunday of the month, so it’s an all ages, whole congregation worship service. Prepare to meet some sheep! Listen:

Nature will be My Language— A Close Encounter with Thoreau

Dismissed by most of his contemporaries as a failed and strange outsider, Henry David Thoreau has come to be seen as one of North America’s foundational writers. He directly influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and prophetically heralded the rise of ecological sciences, the environmental movement, and the turn to Nature in Unitarian theology. Thoreau is author of “Walden” and “On Civil Disobedience”. We celebrate his 200th anniversary. The Chalice Choir sings. Read: Listen:

The Wicked Problem of ‘What’s for Dinner?’

Dr. Bomford will explore some of the far-reaching social and environmental impacts of our daily food choices and their relevance to the seven Unitarian principles. Decisions about what we should eat can become a problem when we have competing influences and incomplete, often contradictory, information. Such problems can be called “wicked”, meaning that they are shifting, multi-faceted, and resist solution. Some choices may be better or worse than others but they are not definitively right or wrong. XKCD cartoon referenced in this sermon. Listen: References Survey on Food Policy     Go directly to Survey USC Canada Food Policy (More about Michael Bomford)

First Nations vs. Pipelines

Karl Perrin shares his personal story of engagement with Coastal First Nations. The cumulative industrialization of the Salish Sea is at a tipping point with the planned Kinder Morgan expansion. Our climate future hangs in the balance. Speaker: Karl Perrin Music Music by writer/activist Holly Arntzen. Holly Arntzen is a founding member of the Artist Response Team (ART), an organization that specializes in producing music and entertainment that educates about ecology, including Voices Of Nature school music programs throughout Western Canada. She heads up The Wilds band, along with partner Kevin Wright. (www.ArtistResponseTeam.com) They are currently producing the Rock The Salish Sea! tour to seven communities around the coast, singing ocean-themed songs with large choirs of school children with the mission to inspire citizens of BC and Washington state to protect our precious inland ocean. Inspired by growing up on the shores of the Salish Sea, Holly has dedicated her musical life to singing out for nature. Skin … Continued

Looking for Hope in a Hopeless World

For Earth Day 2017, Dr. Stephenson opines that earthly prospects seem less hopeful in 2017 than on previous Earth Days. The window of opportunity for an orderly transition off fossil fuels is rapidly closing and recent election results offer little promise of timely action. In the face of this, how does one find hope … Dr. Jim Stephenson is an active member of the North Shore Unitarian Church.  Apr 23 2017 – Dr Jim Stephenson – Looking For Hope In A Hopeless World (9.7 MiB) Order Of Service – April 23, 2017 (904.5 KiB) Order Of Service (insert) – April 23, 2017 (1.3 MiB)

The Secret life of Trees

Though we have lived with them for millennia, even now we are only beginning to understand and appreciate the hidden life of trees: how they communicate, feel, live, flourish and die. Consider this a Valentine’s Day appreciation for our arboreal companions and their unusually sentient and affective way of being in the world. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Feb 12 2017 – The Secret Life Of Trees (11.7 MiB)

Eating Matters

Eating Matters: Making a Difference in the World Speaker: David Steele Listen:  July 31, 2016