Earth Spirituality at the Unitarian Centre

Seasonal Rituals - Labyrinth Walks - Circle Dance

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Hello friend
The sun is lower on the horizon. Are you ready for summer to turn to fall? We have many earth spirit gatherings to help you celebrate the turn of the seasons and deepen your connections to our community.
The photo above is from Unitarian Wilderness camp on Kootenay Lake where I went for the first time this summer.

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Mary Bennett for the Vancouver Unitarian Earth Spirit Council.
earthspiritucv@gmail.com

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(Some) Apples are ready for picking - please help yourselves

We have 14 apple trees on the North West side of the property. They were planted to celebrate our 100th anniversary. Our apple tree varieties are (clockwise from North West) Honey Crisp, Scarlet Sentinel, King, Florina, Yellow Transparent, Summerland Red Macintosh, Ambrosia,  Gravenstein, Cox Orange Pippin, Liberty, Sunrise, Golden Sentinel, Shamrock and Jonafree. In order of ripening: Yellow Transparent August SUNRISE  4TH ONE …
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(Some) Apples are ready for picking - please help yourselves

Please pick the flowers and herbs in the labyrinth

Please pick the flowers and herbs in the labyrinth
Yes, that's an unusual invitation, I know, but... I'd love people to take a bit of UCV abundance home with them. The rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan) makes a lovely bouquet to bring some sunshine indoors. Here are some that I would really like to have picked. It saves me pruning and dead-heading: Lavender (still quite nice but fading fast). It's mainly …
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Circle dance with earth spirit ritual - celebrating apples

Tuesday, August 27 7-9pm -- Darlene and Mary will lead dances interspersed with activities, meditation and ritual around the apple harvest. We'll visit the Unitarian apple orchard, pick (up) some apples; learn about apples in myth and (of course) eat some apples! This monthly gathering combines circle dance (usually about 8-10 dances) with pagan ritual. We start out with casting …
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Circle dance with earth spirit ritual - celebrating apples

Circle Dance - Celebrating Summer's End & the Transition to Autumn

Circle Dance -  Celebrating Summer's End & the Transition to Autumn
Tuesday, September 3 7-9 pm. Join us for an evening of circle dance that celebrates the end of summer and the transition to autumn. Both new and experienced dancers welcome. All dances taught. Facilitator: Mairy Beam and friends
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Sand labyrinth walk at Spanish Banks

Sat. August 31 - meet at the picnic area near the Concession at Spanish Banks East at 2:30pm; then walk the labyrinth together. We will then have an afternoon picnic/early dinner  4 - 5 pm in the picnic area. Please bring something to share. We will also share introductions and a bit about our labyrinth experience. RSVP HERE. Here's the …
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Sand labyrinth walk at Spanish Banks

Circle dance - the easy way - 1st Sunday afternoon

Circle dance - the easy way - 1st Sunday afternoon
On the first Sunday of each month, we do circle dance "the easy way." As always each dance is taught before we dance it and mistakes are encouraged: We say, "There are no wrong steps only variations." In this particular gathering, we focus on 4 dances, which we repeat several times each, so you can just relax into the dances …
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GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance

Every 3rd Thursday 11 am to 1 pm - Come for a mid-day; mid-month break. We'll pick flowers from the garden path labyrinth to make a mandala/centrepiece; do some circle dances in tune with the season and weather permitting, we'll practice the Appleton dance on the courtyard labyrinth. Coordinators: Mairy, Mary and Darlene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXS-U0HZn1M Join us for a meditative and …
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GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance

Earth Spirit Circle - Wheat weaving with Brian Jones

Earth Spirit Circle - Wheat weaving with Brian Jones
On September 17th we’ll be joined by Brian Jones of www.strawboss.ca for a wheat weaving workshop. Some photos Our monthly earth spirit circle is open to all. Come and celebrate the turning of the seasons and honour our own life forces. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month. All welcome--whether Unitarian, pagan, or pagan-curious! Leadership and other roles …
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SUNDAY SERVICES WITH AN EARTH SPIRIT THEME

Water Communion / In-Gathering

We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2019-20 year with our annual Water Communion. Please bring some water from your summer experiences, as well as an object like a photo, seashell, stone, or feather, that’s special to you. We’ll fill our common bowl and create an altar. (Image: print from Four Elements series by Joanne Brown; …
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Water Communion / In-Gathering

Regular Monthly EVENTS

Be ours a religion which, like sunshine, goes everywhere;
its temple, all space;
its shrine, the good heart; its creed, all truth;
its ritual, works of love; its profession of faith, divine living.
Theodore Parker, Unitarian Minister
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Earth Spirit Circle

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources including:
“Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.”
Earth Spirit Circle - 3rd Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 pm
Hewett Hall (or in Hitschmanova Room --North entrance downstairs near parking lot, past the vegetable garden). All welcome. RSVP appreciated as it helps us plan, but you can be spontaneous and drop in if you wish.
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Regular Circle Dance Gatherings

Evening Circle Dance 1st Tuesdays and 2nd Mondays 7 - 9 pm contact lkemp@telus.net
Sunday Afternoon Circle Dance 1st Sundays 2 - 3:30 pm
"Gentle" introduction to Circle Dance. We do four dances and repeat them 3 times each.
GLAD - Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance 3rd Thursdays 11 am - 1 pm - Lindsey-Priestley
Earth Spirit ritual and circle dance Last Tuesdays 7 - 9 pm Hall
Dance is a meditation in movement, a walking into the silence,
where every movement becomes prayer...
~ Bernard Wosien, Founder of Sacred Circle Dance
Read more about Sacred Circle Dance
Mary's blog about Sacred Circle Dance.

Our Labyrinths

See new photos of the Garden Path labyrinth on our Labyrinth Page.

Environmental and Reconciliation Action

Many Unitarians consider environmental activism and reconciliation work an important part of their spiritual lives. Click below to learn more about our Environment Team and Reconciliation Working Group.
Environment Team - Reconciliation Network - Recent News Posts from Environment Team
Environment and Reconciliation - Regular Monthly Gatherings
Environment Forum - 1st Sundays 12:30 - 1:30 pm - October - June
Reconciliation Network Table - 1st Sundays 10:30 - 1 pm - Hall
Environment Team Meeting - check with environment@vancouverunitarians.ca - all welcome

Tamiko Suzuki - living with less stuff

Tamiko Suzuki - living with less stuff
Tamiko is Outreach Coordinator for our very active Environment team. Recently her laneway home was featured on the show Living Big in a Tiny Home with the title "Wabi-Sabi Modern Japanese Inspired Small Home."
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdEsVoqbD5s
Read more about Tamiko and her involvement with the Unitarians below.
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