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The Religion of Robert Ingersoll

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

More information about Gary Smook: Gary Smook is a member of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

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The Wicked Problem of ‘What’s for Dinner?’

Dr. Bomford will explore some of the far-reaching social and environmental impacts of our daily food choices and their relevance to the seven Unitarian principles. Decisions about what we should eat can become a problem when we have competing influences and incomplete, often contradictory, information. Such problems can be called “wicked”, meaning that they are shifting, multi-faceted, and resist solution. Some choices may be better or worse than others but they are not definitively right or wrong.

More information about Dr. Michael Bomford: Mike is a UCV member, a father of three children, ages 3-11, and a faculty member in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. He loves to grow, cook, and eat food.

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What a Questioning Theist Learned from Atheism

I will share some of my reflections about how my life journey has taken me from growing up a liberal Christian to someone who believed in Spirit, to then doubt to the point of atheism, and now land where I am today. Whatever sources of inspiration you draw from, I hope my story invites you to reflect on your journey. Pianist: Eric Wyness

More information about Rev. Meg Roberts: Rev. Meg Roberts has just finished her fourth year as Consulting Minister with the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship. She lives in Vancouver and is continuing her work on Spirit Arts, workshops using creativity in our spiritual explorations.

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Dancing the Living Tradition

Have you noticed the invitations to sacred circle dancing and wondered what it’s all about? Mairy and Mary will share how circle dance became an important part of their spiritual journeys. A group of Unitarians will demon- strate some of the dances to songs from Singing the Living Tradition. During the service, you’ll be invited to sing or tap your toes or dance in the aisles. Our mantra in circle dance is: There are no wrong steps, only variations. All variations are welcome – even two left feet. Pianist: Eric Wyness Soloist: Nicola Hamilton

More information about Mairy Beam: Mairy Beam first discovered circle dancing at Unicamp and was delighted to find there was an active community here at UCV when she moved here recently. Mary Bennett found circle dancing at an annual Women’s Spirituality Celebration weekend event at Vancouver School of Theology and with others helped get regular dance circles going here at UCV.
More information about Mary Bennett: Mary joined UCV in 1991 and has been an active member ever since. She was the Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council from 2000-2008. You'll find her gardening the labyrinth, at circle dance events as well as most Sunday mornings. She co-edits the UCV Events publication and helps with the website. Her visual art can be seen at marybennett.net Mary usually offers at least one worship service each year, sometimes including the annual Fire Communion in late December. She loves helping new members get connected with the community. As well as the Unitarian church, she's an active volunteer in her Kitsilano neighbourhood and at arts and culture events in Vancouver including the Fringe Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival and the Firehall Arts Centre Theatre. A friend once commented that Mary was more likely to attend events where food was involved. With Patti she coordinates Hygge potluck dinners.

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So, What Is Spirit Play?

You may have heard of Spirit Play. It happens in Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Religious Education classes all over North America for our three to ten year olds. Is it a play? What kind of play? Or is it a methodology? Why and how is it different from other religious education instruction, and why do adults ask to learn about their Unitarian roots, principles and sources with the Spirit Play methodology when they hear about it? Come and see how Joy Silver unveils the mystery of Spirit Play.

More information about Joy Silver: Unitarian Spirit Play Trainer