Topic: Our Unitarian Community

Diverse Beliefs, Shared Values

Our church is full of refugees from other faiths, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Agnostic, Buddhist, Pagan. Steven Epperson is a former Mormon. What draws people to Unitarianism? Leslie Hill describes her lifelong journey from two Protestant religions through New Age Spirituality to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

 

Leslie Hill taught high school in Toronto for twenty-five years before moving to Scotland. When she returned after a stay of nearly six years, she landed in Vancouver. Her memoir, Dressed for Dancing: My Sojourn in the Findhorn Foundation is in our library. Currently she’s a first term member of the Board of Trustees and she recently chaired the Interim Ministry Committee.

Cross-Canada Sunday Service (Please note early start time–9:30 am!)

To join the service, click here: http://ucv.im/live at 9:30 am to view the service stream on YouTube!

Join UUs from across Canada for a unique opportunity to celebrate in a national Sunday Service together. Rev. Norm Horofker from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, with his ministerial colleagues, will lead a worship service for Canadians across the country and worldwide. Let’s come together virtually to celebrate our national connection and our national conference. Join us on Zoom or watch on the CUC’s YouTube channel. We welcome you, wherever you are.

Following the service, consider joining one, or both, of the coffee hours!

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 Embracing Our Future

Can I just come out and say it? This is a pledge drive sermon. The challenge and glory of every Unitarian congregation is that we define, govern and finance ourselves. We know these are unprecedented, uncertain times. As well, we trust each other and trust that we have a future together as a congregation—no matter what (!)—dedicated to spiritual growth, the search for truth and meaning, mutual support, and social justice. It’s real. It’s us. Let’s celebrate that and give generously to our 2020-21 pledge drive to support the work and vision of our beloved congregation so that our journey may continue.

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Wisdom—All Congregation Worship

We have wisdom in our uncertainty and in our growth. Each of us knows more than we know, and each of us changes in every cell, every stretch of muscle and mind. What is the meaning we give to our own lives? How are we growing and changing? There is so much wisdom—young and old—in this community.  Join us for this all-congregation worship service.

Resilience: An All-Congregation Worship Service

Resilience is usually defined as the capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adverse events.  We know it’s an important trait for individuals—who wouldn’t want to be a resilient person?  But what about resilience in community with others, a resilient Unitarian congregation?  Join us for a lively exploration of what it takes to experience and promote resilience in our community of faith.

Embracing the Future

Our pledge drive kick-off lifts up and celebrates the vision of our congregation and its future. More than ever, the importance of a self-defining, self-governing and self-financing congregation strikes me as both visionary and essential for sustaining the deeper meaning and purpose of our community and our faith.

The Chalice Choir and Michael & Eleanore Dunn will perform.

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Listen:

2019-04-07-Embracing_the_Future.mp3

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2019-04-07 Embracing Our Future (58.9 KiB)

 

Religious Naturalism

While sharing core values, Unitarians, worldwide, are noted for theological diversity that ranges from pagan spirituality to secular humanism. We’ll be looking at a rich source drawn from our theological diversity, called “religious naturalism.”

While viewing that the natural world is all we have reason to believe exists, religious naturalism is deeply attuned to a sense of reverence in response to the beauty and scope of the natural world.

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2019-04-14 Religious Naturalism - Take Two (96.2 KiB)

Podcast

 

Creativity A First Sunday, all-congregation worship service.

Claiming not to have all the answers to life’s question means Unitarians have tended to value creativity in our theology, congregational life, and in our homes, work and personal lives. Thinking, wondering, imagination, fluidity, and awe are hallmarks of creativity and our Unitarian way.

Let’s celebrate how it adds value to our play, problem solving and justice making (to name a few).

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Sources of Religious Insight

Unitarians are blessed and challenged, to an unusual degree in the religious world, with a full-spectrum of sources that enliven, inform and provoke our personal faith and our religious communities.

We’ll look again at these and some, perhaps, unexpected places for insight into our religious quest and being in the world.

The Chalice Choir sings

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Listen:

2019-02-17-Sources_of_Religious_Insight.mp3

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2019-02-17 Sources Of Religious Insight (76.1 KiB)