Topic: Democracy

Am I Welcome Here, Just as I Am?

Canadian Unitarians and Universalists strive to be radically inclusive of people with various social identities. Please join me to reflect on our own social identities and consider the challenges we face to be truly welcoming of others who are similar and different than we are.

Rev. Meg Roberts will be starting her seventh year as quarter-time consulting minister with the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship. She lives here in Vancouver, is a member of this congregation, and also does a community ministry using the arts in spiritual exploration. As part of that work last winter, she was in the BC and Alberta tour of Theatre for Living’s forum play šxʷʔamət (home) which explored what true and honourable reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians looks like.

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Democracy

Democracy, the kind we thought would be alive and well as we approach the third decade of the 21st century, seems to be struggling in some surprising (and not-so surprising) places world-wide.

Unitarians, by principle, claim it as one of our core values. Do we know what we’re talking about when we talk about democracy? And are we affirming and promoting it?

These are not rhetorical questions.

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Our Living Tradition or: What Good is a Congregation?

On this First Sunday all-congregation worship, we celebrate the spirit and fact of voluntary service in our congregation and beyond. We’ll look at the crucial role “civil society,” like religion, performs in helping to encourage the integrity of our societies and our individual rights and freedoms.

Given that we’ll all be together, young and old, hopefully, we’ll have some fun in the process.

The Chalice Choir sings.

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Dark Money: Epiphany and the Hidden Trillions

Last year’s revelation of the hidden economy residing in off-shore tax havens calls into question the very nature of the work of nation states, citizenship and the common good.

What do we think about the implications of this practice for the Unitarian values of democracy, equity and justice for the world community?

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson