Speaker: various guests from the past

Encountering our Ancestors XIV

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fourteenth 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.

Walt Whitman poem here:



See previous Ancestors services at: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/topic/ancestors/

Order of Service

October 28 2018 - Encountering Our Ancestors XIV-1 (1.8 MiB)

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2018-10-28 Encountering Our Ancestors XIV – Wiszowaty Greg Farmer Stevenson (74.6 KiB)

Encountering our Ancestors XIV

Encountering Our Ancestors XII 2016

October 30, 2016

Encountering our Ancestors XII

Rev. Steven Epperson

with guests from the past

Music: The “Ghost” Trio – Allegro vivace

 The “Ghost” Trio – Presto (excerpt)

The “Ghost” Trio – Lento (excerpt)       L. van Beethoven
Pat Armstrong, violin; Heather Hay, cello; E. Dainow, piano

Encountering our Ancestors XII

(scripts by Steven Epperson)

To celebrate the memory of our ancestors:

A Samhain Invocation with Louise Bunn

Rev. William Bentley   (1759 – 1819)  Unitarian Minister/ Journalist/ Linguist

Mabel Osgood Wright   (1859 – 1934)  Naturalist/ Author

William Stanley Jevons   (1835 – 1832)  Economist/ Philosopher

Lydia Moss Bradley   (1816 – 1908)  Business Woman/ Philanthropist

Oct 30 2016 - Encountering Our Ancestors XII
Oct 30 2016 - Encountering Our Ancestors XII
Oct 30 2016 - Encountering our Ancestors XII.mp3
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Encountering Our Ancestors X (2014)

Encountering Our Ancestors X

Rev. Steven Epperson

and guests from the past

– November 2, 2014 – 11:00 am –

Music: Mazurkas    F. Chopin

Mazurka     Chopin via Rosemary Brown*

Mazurka     F. Chopin performed by E. Dainow

To celebrate the memory of our ancestors:

A Samhain Invocation** With Mary Murray and Fritz Muntean

Encountering our Ancestors X

(scripts by Steven Epperson)

Lelio Sozzini    (1525 – 1562)   Theologian   Colin Cameron

Maria Cook    (1779 – 1835)   Universalist Preacher        Leonie Armstrong

Margaret Benedictsson  (1866 – 1956)   Women’s Rights Activist   Thora Gislason

William Carlos Williams   (1883 – 1963)   Doctor/Poet   Keith Wilkinson

Closing Hymn       God Bless the Grass Malvina Reynolds     performed by E. Dainow

* At this time of year the veil between living and dead is said to be thinnest and so these pieces seem appropriate. In the ’60’s, “Chopin and other composers were busily transmitting new compositions to the earth-world through the intermediary Rosemary Brown.”   The mazurka in the postlude is the first piece I ever learned by Chopin.—Elliott

** Modern Pagans view the world as a great Circle, majestically turning through the four Quarters of the Year, from season to season, with each Quarter representing a natural Element, a geographic Direction, and a specific Season, and each presided over by benevolent elemental forces, Guardians of each phase of our human lives, from birth to death, and beyond.

God Bless the Grass

by Malvina Reynolds

God bless the grass that grows thru the crack.
They roll the concrete over it to try and keep it back.
The concrete gets tired of what it has to do,
It breaks and it buckles and the grass grows thru,
And God bless the grass.

God bless the truth that fights toward the sun,
They roll the lies over it and think that it is done.
It moves through the ground and reaches for the air,
And after a while it is growing everywhere,
And God bless the grass.

God bless the grass that grows through cement.
It’s green and it’s tender and it’s easily bent.
But after a while it lifts up its head,
For the grass is living and the concrete’s dead,
And God bless the grass.