Holidays and Traditions

On Gratitude and the Power of Life

Continuing in the spirit of our Thanksgiving season, in word, music and art, we’ll share thoughts and feelings about the things we are grateful for and the power of life we enjoy. We welcome all ages to this worship service.

Thanksgiving in a Bent World

The phrase bent world comes from a movingly beautiful sonnet by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which yet expresses his grounds for thanksgiving. In today’s even more bent and battered world, what do we in our turn find to be thankful for? The Chalice Choir sings. 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:    

Mother’s Day/Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. At our congregation, it coincides nicely 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. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Listen:  May 14 – Mothers Day 2017 (361.0 KiB)    

Fire Communion

Fresh on the first dawn of 2017, our Fire Communion service will renew our annual incendiary ritual to help us burn away a dark year and light a path to a bright future. Leonie Armstrong and Patrick Dubois (Leonie Armstrong bio)

The Important Stuff is Invisible

On this first Sunday of Advent we will check in with some of the latest news from the cosmos, as the world-wide science community reports back to us about their on-going quest. From searching for the fundamental essence underlying all matter, to the mind bending, overall structure of the universe. Heady, awe-inspiring, and surprising. We hope this service will launch us well off into the Advent holiday season. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson  

In Memoriam: Remembrance Day

We commemorate this year’s Remembrance Day with a service of meditations and music, as well as remarks from a guest speaker. We gather in word, prayer and music to think on the tragedy of war and the gifts of peace. We honour those who have served us in life and death. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson and Captain Robert Macdonald