Topic: Global Issues

Issues of globalization, refugees etc.

Whatta Man, Whatta Man, Whatta Man, What a Mighty Good Man

In the wake and ripples of #metoo and #timesup, and the rising tide of men’s rights activists and incels, what does it mean to Reimagine Masculinity, as a recent conference in Victoria encouraged? What does it mean now to be a boy or a man, and how can we heal the wounds that lead too many men to harm others, and themselves? What does Unitarian Universalism offer to the dialogue on a re-imagined masculinity?

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July 29 2018 - Whatta Man (362.1 KiB)

References
Deep Secrets by Niobe Way
Many of my childhood friends are dead. Is masculinity to blame?
Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling

Home

Home is where the heart is, and there is no place like home. So what happens when one’s place of refuge is no longer safe?

Laureen will explore how changing expectations, technology, good intentions, and competing priorities can have devastating results for homeowners and tenants. She will weave together stories working with condominium owners, with tenants in the non-profit sector, and the tragedy of Grenfell Towers.

Laureen worked for 10 years as a technologist and project manager in a building science engineering firm, working with condominium owners to diagnose and plan repairs to their buildings, and to prepare financial plans for renewing aging buildings. She currently works in social housing for the YWCA as a building asset manager, looking after the homes of women and children.

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July 22 2018 - Home (307.6 KiB)

Sermon Text

2018-07-22-Home (73.4 KiB)

Democracy

Democracy, the kind we thought would be alive and well as we approach the third decade of the 21st century, seems to be struggling in some surprising (and not-so surprising) places world-wide.

Unitarians, by principle, claim it as one of our core values. Do we know what we’re talking about when we talk about democracy? And are we affirming and promoting it?

These are not rhetorical questions.

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June 24 2018 - Democracy (370.8 KiB)

Intergenerational Solidarity and Us

Increasingly, it is becoming clear that young people, roughly between the ages of 18 and 35, who make up what’s called the “Millennial Generation” face a unique set of challenges. How is this cohort responding to them? How does it impact their future and spirituality? And how can other age groups respond generatively?

This service will be a good run-up for our April 7th Metro Vancouver Gathering which will be exploring this and related issues.

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March 25 2018 - Intergenerational Solidarity (403.7 KiB)

Listen to the Podcast

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

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January 28 2018 - Trees Have Rights (771.6 KiB)

Listen:

2018-01-28-Do_Trees_Have_Rights.mp3

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:

2018-01-07-The_Future_Pessimistic_or_Optimistic.mp3