Category: earth spirit

Frances and Sandy

Frances and Sandy are trained in Therapeutic Touch (R) through Langara and are members and on the board of directors of the BC Therapeutic

Touch Network Society. BCTTNS    www.bctherapeutictouch.com

They will be offering 15-20 minute sessions from 3 pm on with the last appointment at 4:15pm at the annual women’s gathering in the Meditation Room. There will be a signup sheet on the door for you to book your session.

Frances is 3rd from left and Sandy is on far right in this picture taken on World Circle Dance Day.

Both are active in our circle dance gatherings. Frances frequently choreographs dances and Sandy is a new enthusiastic dancer and looking forward to more dancing in the new year.

Laurie Anderson

“What are you curious about?” my coach asked at the beginning of 2019 and then suggested I follow that query to see where it would lead.  And so, I began noticing what sparked my curiosity.

Growing up on a farm, I felt an early, deep sense of connection with the natural world and her cycles and rhythyms.  Living non-urbanly for most of my life kept my connection to nature strong and vibrant but living in the city had dulled this awareness.

So, getting curious again, I searched the web for nature-based spirituality in Vancouver and was delighted to find the monthly Earth Spirit Circle gatherings and Paganism 101 course at UCV.  

Within these groups, I discovered people who use earth based and pagan practices in their lives to explore the magic and mystery of the cosmos as well as use ritual to tap into unseen realities and contribute to positive personal and societal change.  It is comforting to feel that I have found people who ‘speak my language’ even if our dialects and idioms may vary.

I invite you to come to an Earth Spirit Circle gathering.  We’re a welcoming, fun bunch and you might just find yourself curious about new ways to honour the divine in yourself, in nature, and throughout the cosmos.

Blessings to you and yours,

Laurie Anderson

 

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, no easy task. In community together, the power of shared ritual enhances and strengthens our intentions. It’s palpable. Together we are left with space we have created. And space invites joyous promises to take root, It  can be as pivotal in our personal lives, as it is intended to be. Self-care together. Works for me. I’m grateful.

Wendy will be coordinating the ritual around burning our symbolic sprig of rosemary to let the past year go.

As a “night school junkie”, this fall Wendy signed up for: Paganism 101 and Wicca 101 as well as a six-week astrology course. She says she’s not sure how much paganism will form part of her spiritual practice in the future, but she’s interested so (as usual) she’s diving in.

Wendy’s been attending UCV since 2002 when she took a course on “Building Your Own Theology” with Rev. Andy Backus. She is always a positive and enthusiastic presence. Currently she serves on the lay chaplaincy committee and welcoming table where she enjoys making visitors feel at home.

Wendy lives on a boat in False Creek. You might enjoy reading this article about her:

https://boatingvancouver.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/a-boat-with-a-roof-you-can-dance-on/

Here’s an excerpt:

“My visit to Inside Passage at Spruce Harbour Marina was sparked by meeting the current owner, Wendy Bryan, briefly at Granville Island. The vibrant owner epitomizes why people enjoy yachting; she is full of energy, enthusiasm, and adventure, three attributes the help one make the most of the boating lifestyle. When I heard that Inside Passage was the boat she had recently purchased, it came as no surprise. Both the boat and the new owner seem to defy age, showing that a history founded on classic taste and a future set toward adventure can make for a stunning combination.”

 

Jodie Miller

We’re happy for her, but sad for us: Jodie is moving to Salt Spring Island.

The Salt Spring Unitarians are already welcoming Jodie on their facebook group, so she’ll have a ready-made community to join there. She assures us she’ll be back fairly regularly and will keep in touch.

Jodie moved to Vancouver from the UK in 2016 and has since been sharing her knowledge of esoteric traditions in astrology, tarot and divinatory arts across the local community. (more…)

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 headshotMairy 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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Elizabeth Dunn

On Jan 19, I  attended ‘Raven People Rising’ at UCV. I feel honoured and truly fortunate to be able to learn more about the Heiltsuk Nation’s powerful journey to protect their territory and surrounding ocean waters. (more…)

Kiersten Moore – Herbology Teacher

Kiersten is our Director of Children’s and Youth Religious Exploration. At the 2018) Hogwarts Summer Camp, Kiersten taught the herbology classes. The kids made echinacea tincture as well as exploring the various herbs and “weeds” around the congregation’s grounds that can be used for salves and “potions”.This year’s Herbology adventures will be mainly on the garden path labyrinth where a variety of herbs are there for anyone to pick: lavender, sage, echinacea, various mints, rosemary, yarrow.

Kiersten was Professor of Herbology and head of Hufflepuff House. The picture of Kiersten in the hat and square glasses was when she played the part of Professor McGonagall.
This will be Kiersten’s fourth year as director of the children’s and youth program. She strives to find the Fun with Meaning and directs our children, youth, and family programs with a focus on building community, exploring what it means to be Unitarian, questioning, and developing personal relationships with stillness and wonder.

Mary Bennett

When I jokingly made a new year’s resolution to become spiritually developed and have matching towels, I had no idea where that would lead. (more…)

Coral Heron

I’ve  been interested in labyrinths for a long time. I’ve visited and walked a number of labyrinths in North America including the beautiful San Francisco Grace Cathedral. (more…)