Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson

Steven Epperson is the Parish minister.

Emily Carr: An Easter Pageant

Emily Carr’s extraordinary story and art make for a fine way to celebrate the themes of Easter.  We’re going to try a grand experiment: pre-recording scenes of the pageant acted by UCV congregants and families from different locations and then stitching them together with original music and Carr’s glorious artwork.  Join us for this home-made, Easter celebration.

 Embracing Our Future

Can I just come out and say it? This is a pledge drive sermon. The challenge and glory of every Unitarian congregation is that we define, govern and finance ourselves. We know these are unprecedented, uncertain times. As well, we trust each other and trust that we have a future together as a congregation—no matter what (!)—dedicated to spiritual growth, the search for truth and meaning, mutual support, and social justice. It’s real. It’s us. Let’s celebrate that and give generously to our 2020-21 pledge drive to support the work and vision of our beloved congregation so that our journey may continue.

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In Praise of Boredom

We hope the likes of this will never come again: socially distanced, self-isolated, and worried about family, colleagues, and finances in this virus-haunted, dear world of ours.  As well, we may have discovered that we (and our children!)—being cooped up, not going to work and school—have more time on our hands than we ever dreamed possible.  That may be a good thing, or/and we may be going just about nuts with boredom.  (I’ve heard this from a number of people.)  Is there anything good about boredom?  Are we finding novel, meaningful, and even fun ways to deal with it?  Let’s find out.

Join us for week three of our live-streamed Sunday worship services: https://ucv.im/live (On Sunday morning this link will connect directly to the 11am live stream. Until we go live, it connects to recordings of past live services). 

We’ll sing, light a chalice, “greet” one another, share a story and see if there’s an upside to being bored.

“The best way out is always through.” (Robert Frost)

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Please Note: The pulpit exchange with has been rescheduled and will happen at a later date.

 

Back to Plants

We barely talk about them and seldom know their names, yet plants give life to the Earth by producing the atmosphere that surrounds us and the oxygen that animates us.  There would be no “interdependence of all things” without them.  Spring has just arrived—time to give plants their due.

 

Women and Wisdom: International Women’s Day

The ages-long experience of the Great Mother is the foundation of cultures all over the world: she was nature, she was the earth and she was the unseen dimension of soul or spirit. In the Hebrew Scriptures, wisdom is portrayed as a woman and as the tree of life, representing all women—discerning what goes on in day to day life and as wisdom-carriers of all humanity.  Join us for this celebration of International Women’s Day and our journey with wisdom.

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Wisdom—All Congregation Worship

We have wisdom in our uncertainty and in our growth. Each of us knows more than we know, and each of us changes in every cell, every stretch of muscle and mind. What is the meaning we give to our own lives? How are we growing and changing? There is so much wisdom—young and old—in this community.  Join us for this all-congregation worship service.

The Lost Generation of the 1790s

Fearing “internal subversion” of the standing order in Great Britain, William Pitt’s government determined to crush domestic opponents by any means necessary; many victims of this campaign were Unitarians—women and men—members of a brilliant generation of imaginative writers and public intellectuals.  We will find out who these people were, the challenges they faced and what was lost when a government turned on its own citizens.

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The Blues: The Story

The type of music we call “the blues” arose from one of the most profound and neglected stories that occurred on this continent.  We’ll learn about that story and what makes “the blues” unique and unforgettable: music filled with melancholy, rage, longing, beauty and endurance.  (One way to acknowledge Black History Month)

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Resilience: An All-Congregation Worship Service

Resilience is usually defined as the capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adverse events.  We know it’s an important trait for individuals—who wouldn’t want to be a resilient person?  But what about resilience in community with others, a resilient Unitarian congregation?  Join us for a lively exploration of what it takes to experience and promote resilience in our community of faith.

Why People Hate Religion

Using religion as a moral cover for shoddy thinking and bad behaviour is not new to our age; it’s a complaint thousands of years old.  So why bring it up now?  It may be worth considering why we’re still ‘religious’ and what we’re religious for.  Should anyone care?  And speaking of which, where are the “millennials” (and others)?

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