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Snowdrops

The snowdrops are up in our living labyrinth. The crocuses can’t be far behind. Photo from March, 2017. Photo: Gail Stephan   

Canadian Unitarian Upcoming Events

International 11-15 Feb 2018: ICUU – Kathmandu, Nepal http://www.icuu.info/ Metro Vancouver 7 Apr 2018: BC Metro Vancouver 4 Congregations Regional gathering at UCV – Rooms to be booked  National 18 May 2018: CUC Annual General Meeting online via zoom – Room to be booked at UCV 19-20 May 2018: CUC Bi-annual Conference, Hamilton, ON General info about conferences 2018 Conference website forthcoming in Feb 2018

We’d Like to Get to Know You! Yes, We Would

New Sermon Discussion Opportunity By Mary Bennett, Chair, Connect & Engage Team Have you wished there was a quiet(er) space to have a meaningful conversation about the service on Sundays? At the forum last week, the panel for Connect and Engage acknowledged that new people and visitors especially can feel overwhelmed by our busy (noisy, crowded) coffee and lunch hour. Indeed most people present (including me) reported that when they were new they found it hard to get connected. Those there of course persevered seeing that there was a lot worth persevering for. We do have some concern that others may just not try as hard as these stalwart folk. If you’re a regular, look around on a Sunday morning and you might see someone seemingly mesmerized by the bulletin board or lurking near the coat rack not sure how to get engaged. Not all, but some, members report that … Continued

We’d Like to Get to Know You! Yes, We Would

New Sermon Discussion Opportunity — Let’s Talk! By Mary Bennett, Connect & Engage Team Have you wished there was a quiet(er) space to have a meaningful conversation about the service on Sundays? At the forum last week, the panel for Connect and Engage acknowledged that new people and visitors especially can feel overwhelmed by our busy (noisy, crowded) coffee and lunch hour. Indeed most people present (including me) reported that when they were new they found it hard to get connected. Those there of course persevered seeing that there was a lot worth persevering for. We do have some concern that others may just not try as hard as these stalwart folk. If you’re a regular, look around on a Sunday morning and you might see someone seemingly mesmerized by the bulletin board or lurking near the coat rack not sure how to get engaged. Not all, but some, members … Continued

Would you commit to reducing your waste for just 30 days?

Zero Waste 30-Day Resolutions By Mary Bennett I recently watched this TED Talk by Matt Cutts suggesting we give up on New Year’s resolutions, and just try something new for 30 days. (It’s only three minutes!) He says 30 days is the right amount of time to create a new habit by adding or subtracting something from your life. Matt is a software engineer (with big credentials). If you’re curious about his 30-day goals, here’s his blog: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/type/30-days/ and here’s his credentials: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/about-me/ So for anyone who’s already broken or never made a New Year’s resolution this year, the Environment Committee’s Zero Waste Team would like to encourage you to give this 30-day commitment a try in the effort to reduce your use of single-use plastic. We all intend to bring our own bags and not use Styrofoam, take out cups or… well, you can fill in the blanks with … Continued

Ice-Age Cave Symbols in Poetry and Art

On Sunday, January 28, Mary Bennett and Keith Wilkinson will do an artists’ talk at 12:30 in the Fireside Room about the 32 geometric signs found in ice-age caves in Europe and how learning about this inspired their visual art (Mary) and poetry (Keith.)   The session will start promptly at 12:30 showing the TED Talk by Genevieve von Petzinger of the University of Victoria.   Each of them will talk about their own creative process, both the long term of how they began to create art and identify as artists as well as more recently how this particular project evolved. Recently they published their chapbook with two poems (haiku) and one mixed-media painting selected for each of the 32 geometric signs. This is the second booklet they’ve produced, the first being “Incubating Poetry” combining Mary’s paintings inspired by birds’ nests and Keith’s poetry. Books will be available for sale … Continued

Save the Wild Salmon – What Can We Do to Help?

by Tamiko Suzuki The Environment Team is proud to sponsor an evening of education and fundraising  where we will hear from Indigenous leaders working to remove open-net fish farms from their waters. Julia McIntyre-Smith and Chiefs Ernest Alfred and Willie Moon will speak of the relationship between the wild salmon, the environment and their Indigenous communities. Dr. David Suzuki will talk of the science linking fish farms to the decrease in wild stocks. This will be a powerful, moving evening and you will come away with new appreciation for the imperiled wild salmon and the Peoples whose cultures they are so entwined with. The talk will be held in the Sanctuary, followed by refreshments and a silent auction in Hewett Hall. There you  will also find tables set aside to brain storm ways to further help the wild salmon defenders. We will post here decisions made to carry on this initiative. … Continued

Receive Our Chalice Basket and Contribute to Our Congregational Journal

An Invitation to Light the Chalice and … from Kiersten Moore, Director of Children and Youth Programs Every Sunday we close our worship with a benediction to Carry the Flame of Peace and Love until we meet again. You are invited to sign-up to light our Chalice one Sunday and receive the Chalice Basket in return. It contains a chalice, a journal, and books with meditations, readings, and Unitarian celebration ideas to carry the spirit of our church and principles through the week. All we ask is that you return the basket to church the following Sunday for the next person or family to receive! Every family and individual member is encouraged to receive the basket at least one Sunday during the year. The journal is meant to be a congregational conversation on each of our experiences or thoughts on being Unitarian through the week. Why receive the basket? Taking … Continued

Drumming with Aline LaFlamme — More, Please!

Drumming with Aline LaFlamme by Mary Bennett As part of our annual Women’s Gathering, Aline LaFlamme led a drumming workshop. We learned three songs: Four Directions; Strong Woman and Gratitude songs. I, for one, hope to get a chance to sing and drum to these songs again. Like several other women in the workshop, I’d brought a drum I’d bought some years ago and very rarely used. Now it’s out, it wants to come out and play more often. We were told that all three songs are public songs and we are invited to sing and drum them any time. The workshop was from 1 to 4 pm and Aline came back to join in the potluck dinner and also lead an opening round dance when we started the circle dance part of the evening. 7 Natural Ways of Healing Aline tells us there are seven natural ways of healing that we can all use … Continued