Earth Spirituality at the Unitarian Centre

Seasonal Rituals - Labyrinth Walks - Circle Dance

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Hello friend

Fall is definitely hear and can Samhain be far behind? I've been humming "It's beginning to look a lot like Samhain.." to the tune of "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Samhain
    Everywhere you go
    Take a look at the gardens and pathways again
    With scattered seeds and drying leaves a-blow
We have several upcoming events where you can join with others who honour the earth as their spiritual practice.

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

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Gardening at UCV - if you like to dig, there are many opportunities

There are many opportunities to garden at UCV. Some of our members have home gardens and more than enough on their plate managing that, but others live in condos or apartments and enjoy the chance to beautify our grounds and enjoy the company of others who love dirt! Work with a crew once a month Once a month on the …
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Gardening at UCV - if you like to dig, there are many opportunities

Paganism 101 Wait list - Sign up for next year

Paganism 101 Wait list - Sign up for next year
For the second time after a decade lapse, we are offering Louise Bunn's Paganism 101 course as a once-a-month session for 10 months with a team of facilitators. Both years we had an extensive wait list. We have a new database for ensuring people can join the waitlist and we can easily send updates when a new course is starting, …
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Night for all Souls at Mountainview Cemetery

Every year our municipal cemetery turns into a welcoming place for music, art and remembrance. Opening night is the Saturday before Hallowe'en and it closes on November 1 with a procession to put out the candles at the shrines. You'll often see some other Unitarians there. Lots more information here. https://nightforallsouls.com/ ALL SOULS AT MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY 5455 Fraser Street …
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Night for all Souls at Mountainview Cemetery

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven - downloadable now

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven - downloadable now
CUUWA (Canadian U*U Women's Association) * may offer this popular curriculum by zoom. Stay tuned! From the UUWF (Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation) Cakes Resources Can Now Be Downloaded The UU Women and Religion Store has had many requests to make the digital resources for the classic curriculum, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, available as downloadable files instead of on a CD shipped with the …
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Encountering Our Ancestors - a 15-year tradition

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. Sunday November 3 11-12. For the fifteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. This is a much beloved tradition where Steven writes scripts and several UCVers speak from the grave on behalf of that year's visitors. Join us on Sunday, November 3, to welcome …
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Encountering Our Ancestors - a 15-year tradition

Vancouver Unitarians Join Sept 27 Global Climate Strike

Vancouver Unitarians Join Sept 27 Global Climate Strike
Unitarians from all four Greater Vancouver congregations - including three Unitarian ministers - gathered under the Vancouver Unitarians banner at the start of the Global Climate Strike in Vancouver on Sept. 27, 2019. The event was organized by students and we proudly joined with 10s of thousands of them to fill the length of Cambie Street on our way through …
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Annual Ancestor Shrine--Come and visit

Origins of Our Tradition Mary, Catherine, Nancy, Terence, Morgan and Jen first created an Ancestor Shrine with the children's program back in the fall of 2013. Transforming the meditation room into a place of remembrance at the end of October has become a firm tradition since then. It is something our children remember and connect with over the years. Please …
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Written remembrance of Grandpa Young and Grandma Young-tucked in willows

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Annual Women's Gathering - Potluck, Circle Dance, Rune Divination, Collage

Once a year women in the congregation and their friends take over many of the rooms at the Unitarian Centre to offer a variety of activities, fabulous food and lots of great conversations. A great way to move past December holiday making and into a new year. As well as a potluck feast (last year 50 women came), there are …
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Annual Women's Gathering - Potluck, Circle Dance, Rune Divination, Collage

Earth Spirit Circle - Honouring Our Beloved Dead

Earth Spirit Circle - Honouring Our Beloved Dead
Please bring a photo or momento of a close friend or family friend who is "on the other side of the veil." You'll be invited to share with us about a memory or a gift you received from the person. Our monthly earth spirit circle is open to all. Come and celebrate the turning of the seasons and honour our …
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Mairy Beam's play Irreparable Harm? will be at Heart of the City Festival

Mairy Beam's play Irreparable Harm? will be at Heart of the City Festival
Mairy invites you to come to the reading of Irreparable Harm? A tale of the Trans Mountain Pipelines Arrests.  It will be at the Carnegie Centre on November 8 (1 month away!) at 3 pm as part of the Heart of the City Festival.  It's # 12 on the top picks: http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/#top-picks
Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
There will be a full production next spring, so if you can’t make it on Nov 8, don’t despair!
Here's more information about Mairy from the latest enewsletter from Playwrights Theatre Centre.
Featured Member
Mairy Beam is a non-binary playwright and director who recently moved to Vancouver, giving her the opportunity to join the land and water protectors who are fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Inspired by the drama in the BC Supreme Court, she has written a documentary theatre piece, Irreparable Harm? A tale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Arrests. After attending PTC's Block P workshop, she is producing Irreparable Harm? along with the Sinister Sisters Ensemble. Her recent plays include Body Parts, produced in the New Ideas Festival in Toronto in March 2019; Out and About, produced in 2017 in Vancouver at the 4 x 3 Fest and in Toronto at Gelato Fest; The Next Marywhich was included in PinkFest 2018 in Toronto; and Let Me In, which was read as part of the 2018 Bodacious Series in North Vancouver. She has also directed several plays for Theatre Out of the Box in Toronto.
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SUNDAY SERVICES WITH AN EARTH SPIRIT THEME

Encountering our Ancestors XV

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the 15th time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition. The guests will be revealed on Sunday morning not before. See …
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Encountering our Ancestors XV

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 - on hiatus
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 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
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