We celebrate the beginning of the Advent season with a trip to the past and a rendezvous with the 18th Century Unitarian minister and scientist, Joseph Priestley, a radical in religion, science and politics. His scientific experiments, inspired by progressive religious beliefs, led to breathtaking, path-breaking discoveries. These discoveries reinforced his optimistic hope that great good arises when science, reason and religion provoke and converse with each other. This is a worship service for all ages.
It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the thirteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition. Listen:
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – events that fundamentally changed the face of European culture, politics, and religion. We’ll highlight major themes, identify the rise and nature of new religions, and describe how what became Unitarianism arose during those fateful decades in the 16th century.
Today we want to acquaint you with the life and thinking of one of history’s great liberal religious thinkers, Robert Ingersoll. This 19th century American lawyer, politician, and orator, helped greatly to spread the gospel of liberal religion, and to work toward the emancipation of people’s minds from the stultifying tyranny of dogma and superstition. His words of wisdom are still valid today. Speaker: Gary Smook Listen:
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a widely popular mid-Victorian novelist who was also a strong Unitarian. She lived most of her adult life in Manchester, cradle of the industrial revolution and notorious battle-ground between unions and mill-owners. Her two novels set in Manchester, Mary Barton and North and South, (click for free e-book) are unique in Victorian fiction in depicting the workers with absolute equality, in showing how they practice mutual aid, and in letting her working-class characters make strong arguments for the right of unions to strike. She was convinced that social problems can be resolved through dialogue based on equality. Speaker: Mason Harris Pianist: Nicola Hamilton Read the Sermon: ElizabethGaskell_MasonHarris_July2017 Listen: More on Elizabeth Gaskell You might enjoy listening to the BBC In Our Time podcast on North and South. The Vancouver Public Library has the DVDs Cranford. People of all ages loved the Library Lion story.
In this year’s yUUth service, the UCV youth group talks about our first principle and how we relate to Unitarians past. Listen: Jan 22 2017 – UCV Youth Group – Historical UUs (8.1 MiB)
October 30, 2016 Encountering our Ancestors XII Rev. Steven Epperson with guests from the past Music: The “Ghost” Trio – Allegro vivace The “Ghost” Trio – Presto (excerpt) The “Ghost” Trio – Lento (excerpt) L. van Beethoven Pat Armstrong, violin; Heather Hay, cello; E. Dainow, piano Encountering our Ancestors XII (scripts by Steven Epperson) To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation with Louise Bunn Rev. William Bentley (1759 – 1819) Unitarian Minister/ Journalist/ Linguist Mabel Osgood Wright (1859 – 1934) Naturalist/ Author William Stanley Jevons (1835 – 1832) Economist/ Philosopher Lydia Moss Bradley (1816 – 1908) Business Woman/ Philanthropist
Ancestors (clock-wise from upper right): Kate Austin Cooper, Paul Best, Caleb Rich*, Olive Higgins Prouty Music: Bagatelles Beethoven (1) E. Dainow, piano “Beethoven” / Rosemary Brown** Bagatelle op.119 no. 11 Beethoven Encountering our Ancestors XI (scripts by Steven Epperson) To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation*** Paul Best (1590–1657) Early English Unitarian Eric Wyness Caleb Rich (1750–1821) Universalist Preacher Bennett Mitten Kate Austin Cooper (1864–1902) Universalist/Anarchist Leonie Armstrong Olive Higgins Prouty (1882–1974) Author Naomi Taylor *Photo of Richard Eddy, stand in for Caleb Rich. ** Rosemary Brown claimed that the great composers transmitted or dictated their newest compositions to her. So it is appropriate to play one of these pieces at this time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is said to be the thinnest. Elliott *** Modern Pagans view the world as a great Circle, majestically turning through the four Quarters of the … Continued
January 18, 2015 Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett The Unitarian Way
Encountering Our Ancestors X Rev. Steven Epperson and guests from the past – November 2, 2014 – 11:00 am – Music: Mazurkas F. Chopin Mazurka Chopin via Rosemary Brown* Mazurka F. Chopin performed by E. Dainow To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation** With Mary Murray and Fritz Muntean Encountering our Ancestors X (scripts by Steven Epperson) Lelio Sozzini (1525 – 1562) Theologian Colin Cameron Maria Cook (1779 – 1835) Universalist Preacher Leonie Armstrong Margaret Benedictsson (1866 – 1956) Women’s Rights Activist Thora Gislason William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963) Doctor/Poet Keith Wilkinson Closing Hymn God Bless the Grass Malvina Reynolds performed by E. Dainow * At this time of year the veil between living and dead is said to be thinnest and so these pieces seem appropriate. In the ’60’s, “Chopin and other composers were busily transmitting new compositions to … Continued