Global Issues

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:

In Memoriam: Remembrance Day

We commemorate this year’s Remembrance Day with a service of meditations, in word and music, on the tragedy of war and the gift of nature and peace. The Chalice Choir sings.

UN Sunday and Gibbard Award

Join us for a celebration of UN Sunday and the opportunity to meet and hear from this year’s UN Gibbard Award winner. “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all”? We still affirm this principle and extend our support for the vision and effective work of the UN. The Chalice Choir sings.

The Past Forty Years and an Idea that Changed Our World

Some say it began about 1979, the rise of an idea – let’s call it neo-liberalism – that became a near global ideology. This ideology venerates the logic of the market and seeks to redefine the things that make us human. This will be an exploration of the times we live in and a time to question and affirm our values. Order of Service: Listen:

Thoughts on Canada at 150

It only comes around once – the occasion to recognize the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming an independent, modern nation. A good time to take stock of the road we have traveled so far, and a glimpse of things to come. Tamiko Suzuki Setty Pendakur Geoff Gomery (read by Sasha Gomery) Olivia Hall Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Music by Jane Slemon and friends Listen:    

Fulgence Ndagiljimana Visits Vancouver

After escaping Burundi Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana came to Canada as a refugee. He will share his experience of how partnership has the potential to help all concerned grow and adopt different perspectives. He strongly believes that that the Unitarian movement holds a collective power.

USC Canada

Guest Speaker, Martin Settle, Executive Director of the Unitarian Service Committee, Canada will talk about the work of the USC Canada. Their Seeds of Survival program is giving families and communities in Canada and around the world a renewed sense of possibility and independence. Feb 26 2017 – Seeds Of Revival (11.4 MiB)