Earth Spirituality at the Unitarian Centre

Seasonal Rituals - Labyrinth Walks - Circle Dance

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REMINDER! TONIGHT we'll have a Beltane celebration at 6 and maypole dancing at 7pm. Scroll down for more details and other news and events.

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Mary Bennett for the Vancouver Unitarian Earth Spirit Council.
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NEWS FROM OUR WEBSITE

Free earth spirituality workshops in Kitsilano

Thanks to a Neighbourhood Small Grant, Mary Bennett and Jodie Miller are offering a 5-session free series of workshops on earth spirituality at the Kitsilano Community Centre. Maximum # of participants 20. Priority given to those who can attend all 5 sessions. Thursdays 7-8:30 pm starting May 16. Culminating in a summer solstice party on June 23. Participants can each …
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"Irreparable Harm?" Creation of a documentary theatre piece

Did the protesters at the Trans Mountain facilities in Burnaby cause irreparable harm to Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, by delaying a few trucks for a few minutes on a few days in 2018? That’s what the BC Supreme Court believes. That’s why there’s an injunction barring anyone from coming within five metres …
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Trading stuff for community connections (plus stuff)

Do you want to declutter without contributing to the landfill? Want to meet some nice people who also want to live a simpler lifestyle and care about the environment? We had our first Bunz mini-meetup on Saturday May 4 from 3 -4 pm, Cayla Naumann brought some of her items and Mary had plants to share. Both shared their perspectives …
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Reminder: Earth Spirit Circle: Celebrate Beltane tonight at 6pm

Mairy Beam is coordinating with a focus on Beltane. We will experience a ritual to connect with energies of fertility, joy, abundance and unity in your life. You'll be able to make a flower crown to wear during maypole dancing that will be 7-9 pm (or take home if you're not joining the dancing). ALL ARE WELCOME. RSVP to earthspiritucv@gmail.com appreciated …
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Circle Dance: Maypole Dancing for Beltane - TONIGHT @ 7pm

We'll do some maypole dancing this month to celebrate May Day (Beltane). Expect to have some fun and giggles as we try our best to weave our ribbons in and out to some Merry May Day tunes and then adaptations of some of our standard circle dance tunes such as Bells of Norwich and Red-Winged Blackbird. We'll start outside in …
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GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance

Join us for a meditative and creative daytime experience. For May we expect to be able to pick a variety of flowers and herbs to have a tea party. We'll learn together about different kinds of teas and experiment with various combinations. GLAD Coordinators: Mairy, Mary and Darlene sponsored by the Earth Spirit /Pagan Committee Usually the sequence is like …
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World Circle Dance Day 2019

We are very happy to announce the 4th annual World Circle Dance Day, Sunday July 7, 2019. Save the date! We celebrate this year earlier, to continue to coincide with the Festival of Sacred Dance and Music at Findhorn.   https://globalcircledance.com/world-circle-dance-day At UCV we have a monthly circle dance gathering on the 1st Sunday of each month. So for July we …
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Reconnecting to Life weekend workshop based on Joanna Macy's work

The UCV Enviro Team is hosting a 2-day Reconnecting to Life workshop (May 31-June 1), led by highly skilled facilitators and based on the work of eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. Reconnecting to Life is a safe and transformative group process which has the potential to empower our activism as we work together for a sustainable future. Gathering in community, we engage …
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Circle Dance: Dances for All Mothers

Let’s send special gratitude for the mothers in our lives as we dance to honour them and the nurturing ‘motherly’ aspect in all of us. We will teach all dances and welcome both new and experienced dancers. Facilitated by Corinne Chepil and friends.
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SUNDAY SERVICES WITH AN EARTH SPIRIT THEME

May 11 - Mother's Day and Flower Communion
May 26 - Air Communion with Louise Bunn and Steven Epperson

Mother’s Day and Flower Communion

The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. At UCV it coincides 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. Please bring some flowers to share! (We’ll also hear something about the phenomenon of emotional/interpretive labour.) Helen Hansen vocals and Michael …
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Air Communion

Each year, our worship services feature classic elements of water, earth, and fire as means for celebrating our communion as a congregation. We share feelings and thoughts together in fellowship when we bring water in September, flowers on Mother’s Day and when we kindle flames on the last Sunday of the year. Today, we bring air, the fourth element to …
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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 - 1st Tuesdays 6 - 7 pm
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
For July-August, it's a good idea to check the event listings or send an email to circledanceucv@gmail.com to make sure the gathering is on.
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 - 2nd Sundays 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Meeting - 3rd Sundays 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Reconciliation Network Table - 1st Sundays 10:30 - 1 pm - Hall
Environment Team Meeting - check with environment@vancouverunitarians.ca - all welcome

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