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. 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. 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

Ancestors of the Future

24 April 2016 – Ancestors Of The Future – Anneliese Schultz (142.8 KiB)