Topic: Arts and Creativity

Arts and creativity topics such as poetry, theatre, visual arts etc.

Labyrinth or maze? Reflections 20 years later

Karen Bartlett and Mary Bennett created a temporary labyrinth and led a worship service 20 years ago. This summer they will reflect on their continuing interest. They’ll share the history of the two labyrinths on our site and  invite you to use labyrinths as meditation and as metaphor.

‘Owning’ What We Create

As Women’s History month comes to an end, we’ll be looking at two significant women: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley—mother and daughter—and the extraordinary legacy of their lives and writing. Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792, was a ground-breaking work that resonates today; Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus, 1818, written when she was eighteen years old…well, we all know about that one, don’t we?

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I Learn By Going: Poetry and Belief

Even without being intentionally spiritual, the kind of attention to language that poetry requires can help readers focus on worlds without and within. As with all art, this can lead us to unsuspected discoveries and empathy.

Christopher Levenson is a UCV member, award-winning poet, translator, and author of eleven books of poetry.
Chalice Choir sings.

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May 27 2018 - Poetry And Belief (331.7 KiB)

On Gratitude and the Power of Life

Continuing in the spirit of our Thanksgiving season, in word, music and art, we’ll share thoughts and feelings about the things we are grateful for and the power of life we enjoy.
We welcome all ages to this worship service.

Dancing the Living Tradition

Have you noticed the invitations to sacred circle dancing and wondered what it’s all about? Mairy and Mary will share how circle dance became an important part of their spiritual journeys.

A group of Unitarians will demonstrate some of the dances to songs from Singing the Living Tradition. During the service, you’ll be invited to sing or tap your toes or dance in the aisles.

Our mantra in circle dance is: There are no wrong steps, only variations. All variations are welcome – even two left feet.

Click below to see the text of our two talks and additional information.

Dancing the Living Tradition Reflections

Pianist: Eric Wyness

Soloist: Nicola Hamilton

Elizabeth Gaskell: Unitarian Novelist in Industrial Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a widely popular mid-Victorian novelist who was also a strong Unitarian. She lived most of her adult life in Manchester, cradle of the industrial revolution and notorious battle-ground between unions and mill-owners.

Her two novels set in Manchester, Mary Barton and North and South, (click for free e-book) are unique in Victorian fiction in depicting the workers with absolute equality, in showing how they practice mutual aid, and in letting her working-class characters make strong arguments for the right of unions to strike.

She was convinced that social problems can be resolved through dialogue based on equality.

Speaker: Mason Harris

Pianist: Nicola Hamilton

Read the Sermon:  ElizabethGaskell_MasonHarris_July2017

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2017-07-09-Mason Harris-Elizabeth Gaskell, A Unitarian Novelist in Industrial Manchester.mp3

More on Elizabeth Gaskell

You might enjoy listening to the BBC In Our Time podcast on North and South.

People of all ages loved the Library Lion story.

The Creative Journey

When Katie retired from the ministry and started art quilting, she was struck by the details of her creative process and how moving from words to visual art was both similar and different. And then she realized that creativity – and the risk-taking necessary – leads to a more interesting and satisfying life.

Rev. Katie Stein Sather has ministered at several congregations in Canada and the US. Since retiring from active ministry five years ago, she focuses on paddling and textile art. She has paddled the ultra-marathon canoe race, the 717 km. Yukon River Quest, three times.

Rev. Katie Stein Sather