Topic: Climate Change

Refugees and Distress Migration – Where are we in 2019?

This service explores the historical background and the current issues of conflict, climate change and poverty that are fueling the migration crisis we are witnessing. Do we have a duty of care, and to whom?

We will examine religious attitudes and philosophical approaches to ethics of hospitality and explore how modern international mobility and immigration control adds to the problems to find workable and humane solutions.

Huguette has been involved with our refugee committee extensively for many years.

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Deep Green Change

The looming threats of climate change and biodiversity loss are caused by human behaviour. To modify behaviour, we can use incentives and discouragements. But they won’t stick without deeper change – a profound shift in our sense of ourselves and the world.
As Christ harrowed Hell to free lost souls, as Orpheus dove into Hades to save his Beloved, so we must visit the Underworld to find the Deep Green Change.

In this homily, Dr. George will give precise directions to the entrance to the Underworld. The rest will be up to you.

Music by Patrick Dubois

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“Conditional Optimism” about Climate Change?

Is there any hope on climate change, or are we just screwed? We may hear this question (we may ask it ourselves!) all the time.

While there are more than enough reasons for pessimism, turns out we may be asking the wrong question, mistaking the nature of the problem, and that there may still be some ground for igniting and keeping hopeful realism alive.

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2019-02-24-Conditional_Optimism_about_Climate_Change.mp3

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ARRESTED! One Settler’s Journey To and From

Through snapshots of turning points in her life, Nan Gregory will attempt to reconstruct her journey to the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Gates to stand up for a just and honourable Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She’s grateful to share with you her discomfort and excitement transiting countless open questions regarding culture, history and honour, ever seeking the ideal of a moral world.

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Re-Connecting to Life

Our world is on the edge. The situation is urgent, and suddenly we have startling opportunities. Our responses as global citizens can regenerate a civilization with more joy, abundance, and life-affirming relationships than most people and other creatures experience now. Collaborative grassroots energies are “connecting to life” together for a fair and equitable future. This is rooted in shared awareness of the interdependence of all life, a universal ethic of dignity and respect, and the priority of love and care for the ecosystems of earth, including humans.

Louise is a current Board Member of the MultiFaith Action Society (MAS), the oldest interfaith organization in Canada. For over 40 years MAS has fostered public and comprehensive spiritual awareness of the capacity of world religions to help nurture global peace and harmony.

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Do Trees have Rights?

Unitarians promise to “affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Some recent, and truly remarkable, court cases and legislation are making this affirmation even more meaningful.
In view of our principles and the sources of our living tradition, and in honour of Tu B’Shevat – the festival of trees and the environment – exploring the legal standing of trees, rivers and the land seems particularly relevant today.

( BTW it’s bring a friend Sunday.)
The Chalice Choir sings

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2018-01-28-Do_Trees_Have_Rights.mp3

The Future: Pessimistic or Optimistic?

Recently, I was asked this question: “Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the future?” To be sure, there are reasons
enough to be less than cheerful about what is to be. And yet, and yet…

I want to share a real story about a shepherd in northern England that gives me hope.
This is a First Sunday of the month, so it’s an all ages, whole congregation worship service.

Prepare to meet some sheep!

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2018-01-07-The_Future_Pessimistic_or_Optimistic.mp3

The Wicked Problem of ‘What’s for Dinner?’

Dr. Bomford will explore some of the far-reaching social and environmental impacts of our daily food choices and their relevance to the seven Unitarian principles.

Decisions about what we should eat can become a problem when we have competing influences and incomplete, often contradictory, information. Such problems can be called “wicked”, meaning that they are shifting, multi-faceted, and resist solution.

Some choices may be better or worse than others but they are not definitively right or wrong.

XKCD cartoon referenced in this sermon.

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2017-08-06-Dr_Michael_Bomford-The_Wicked_Problem_of_Whats_for_Dinner.mp3

References

Survey on Food Policy    

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USC Canada Food Policy

(More about Michael Bomford)