Earth Spirituality at the Unitarian Centre

Seasonal Rituals - Labyrinth Walks - Circle Dance

World Labyrinth Day - Walk As One at One

Hello friend

Welcome to the monthly e-newsletter for earth spirit gatherings at the Unitarian Centre.

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Hope to see you soon!
Mary Bennett for the Vancouver Unitarian Earth Spirit Council.
earthspiritucv@gmail.com

NEWS FROM OUR WEBSITE

New Study Group: The Earth Has a Soul

Members of the Earth Spirituality group are planning a monthly study group following the chapters in this book of quotations from Carl Jung. We will meet in person or by zoom for an hour each month. Participants will take turns leading the group. Please send a note to earthspiritucv@gmail.com if you'd like to be involved. Give us your preference for …
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Religious Naturalism - Take Two

Last month, Steven preached on Religious Naturalism. The service was so well received with numerous comments on our email list from as far away as Ecuador, that we'll get "Take Two" this coming Sunday, April 14.  Here's the sermon from earlier. Religious Naturalism If you want to take a deeper dive into the UUA document that Steven refers to go …
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May Days - Take a Staycation at UCV

May Days – Keep this list! UCV has many celebrations lined up to celebrate the coming of the May! You can plan a staycation and hang out at our campus for most of the weekend! Fri. May 3 – 6:30 pm - GSA Potluck and Film Screening “She's a Boy I Knew” - all welcome. Sat. May 4 – 1-4 …
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Forest Bathing in Pacific Spirit Park

Several of us in the Westside Unitarian Neighbourhood Group are embarking on "forest bathing" in Pacific Spirit Park. If you'd like to know when we're going for a walk (probably 1-2 hours), let Mary know and she'll send you a note when we have a time set (usually weekdays during the day, late morning or early afternoon.) We meet at …
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Enviro Team Lunch - By Donation

Enviro Team lunches aim for local, organic, vegan/vegetarian meals. Donations go to the Green Fund which supports Enviro Team initiatives and greening our congregation.
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Zero-Waste Team Meeting to Improve Waste Reduction in Kitchen and Washrooms

You're invited to join the Zero-Waste Team (part of the Environment Team) to this hands-on meeting where we will make labels to encourage recycling and reducing of waste on our site. We will have a few new-to-us containers to consider using to make it easy for people to put less in the landfill, and more in compost or recycle bins. …
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GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance

GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance Coordinators: Mairy and Mary sponsored by the Earth Spirit /Pagan Committee Join us for a meditative and creative daytime experience. All welcome. We're a small and friendly group. Usually the sequence is like this: 11 - 11:15 - gathering and art - we usually make a mandala for the dance centerpiece. Come early …
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Circle Dance: Maypole Dancing for Beltane

We'll do some maypole dancing this time 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 of our standard circle dance tunes. We'll start by decorating the maypole stand/altar with fresh flowers and herbs and then start dancing at 7:15. UCV has a …
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Reconnecting to Life

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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World Labyrinth Day

Save the Date! Mark May 4 on your calendar for World Labyrinth Day. This is always the first Saturday in May. Tara Bonham will play her harp between 2:30 and 3 pm - on the Garden Path labyrinth if weather permits and if it's nice enough to walk but not for a harp, inside in the alcove while people walk …
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Messy Church and Maypole Dancing - All Ages

Messy Church Potluck Dinner This month the kids will practise maypole dancing with Mary Bennett so they can demonstrate and help others on the Sunday morning. There are events at UCV from 1 pm on - all kid-friendly - so come early and walk the labyrinth, paint/colour images of the labyrinth flowers, write a message for a wishing tree, enjoy …
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Earth Spirit Circle: Beltane

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. Just possibly we'll indulge in making flower crowns to wear during maypole dancing.  Earth Spirit Circle We're pleased to announce that the Earth Spirit Council (previously Paganism Committee) has been revitalized and Vancouver Unitarians …
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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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Circle Dance Gatherings

Evening Circle Dance 1st Tuesdays and 2nd Mondays 7 - 9 pm
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

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 part of their spiritual lives. Click below to learn more about the events sponsored by our Environment Team and Reconciliation Working Group

Environment Team Events - Reconciliation Network

Environment and Reconciliation - 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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