Earth Spirituality and Environment News

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Seasonal Rituals - Labyrinth Walks - Circle Dance - Environment
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Hello friend

December is almost here - and you know what that means! Festivities--and for many of us that nagging ambivalence about balancing the quiet, cosy (Danes call it "hygge") times with the more exciting, extroverted times. Many of us also try to reduce commercial consumerism while still participating in the spirit of generosity and kindness.
The holiday season at the Unitarian Centre starts with the Chalice Choir's advent concert on Sunday, December 1, and just keeps going through to the Fire communion on the last Sunday and then we start the new year with the annual women's gathering.
Here's a complete list of upcoming events.

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

UPCOMING EARTH SPIRITUALITY EVENTS

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Yule/Winter Solstice Celebration

Join us in our Ritual to Celebrate the Winter Solstice on December 19th - Family Friendly - RSVP appreciated In a circle we will honour the changing of the season through pagan ritual (casting a circle, calling directions), meditation, circle dance, lantern making and reflection--and feasting. This gathering is Family-friendly Kids welcome to join in. Also the play room will …
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Yule/Winter Solstice Celebration

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December Festivities - Atheists, Pagans, Christians -- Everyone -- Welcome!

Whatever your spiritual path(s) and tradition(s), you might well find a gathering (or two) that will suit your current approach to the winter holidays. December 1st starts the season with our choir concert. They sing for us and then provide refreshments after wards as well. You can be sure to find a mix of Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Pagans and, …
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December Festivities - Atheists, Pagans, Christians -- Everyone -- Welcome!

Meet some of the people involved at UCV

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Wendy Bryan

Wendy Bryan
Mary Bennett, ever the careful listener, heard me say, more than once, how I love the Fire Communion. Of course, I was immediately recruited to help with the service. What fires me up ? no apologies for the pun. .  . this service gives us strength to honour and embrace letting go, putting aside, clearing out, saying goodbye with gratitude, …
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SUNDAY SERVICES WITH AN EARTH SPIRIT THEME

Fire Communion

In between the closing of the old year and the unfurling of the new, we come together in a ritual of reflection, letting go, and looking forward. Fire Communion is an opportunity to cast the emotional baggage of the old year into the flames and, lighter in spirit, set our intentions for the year to come. This year, Mary Bennett will offer …
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Fire Communion

Our Labyrinths

See more photos of the Garden Path labyrinth through the seasons.

November Labyrinth

Thanks to D. Rainbow for these photos taken on the Garden Path labyrinth in mid-November. And thanks to John Voth for the new markers. Carex ice dance is a perennial grass which stays green all year and is very hardy.
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November Labyrinth

Environment Team Events and News

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

Forum - Zero Waste Team

Zero Waste Team will present the forum. zerowasteucv@gmail.com The ZWT will introduce themselves, possibly with a show-and-tell of their favorite low waste tip or product especially focused on reducing waste over the December holidays. Stay afterwards for a Buy Nothing/Bunz give-away with Cayla and Mary Then--for your questions and ideas about how to reduce waste  - in your own homes …
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Forum - Zero Waste Team

Winter News from the Environment Team

The UCV Environment Team continues to be extremely active. Here's what we have planned for the next few months.. December 1 Forum: Zero Waste Holidays! Forum; Zero Waste Team One of the  Zero Waste ideas is to donate to a charity for someone. Here is a list of charities that the Environment Team came up with. It is far from …
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Winter News from the Environment Team

Be the Change Earth Alliance

Be the Change Earth Alliance
Be the Change Earth Alliance is a charitable organization that lives at the end of the hall in the Admin Building at 49th and Oak. They are a busy hive of activity, bringing eco-social education to secondary schools throughout BC. Formed in 2005, they create empowering workshops and learning resources to help fulfill their vision for ‘an environmentally sustainable, spiritually …
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Support Sole Food Street Farms

The Outreach Opportunities Fund recipient for October to January will be Sole Food. During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms―now North America’s largest urban farm project―has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land in Vancouver into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables.  It has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources and addiction and chronic …
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Support Sole Food Street Farms
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