Topic: Our Unitarian Community

What We Wish People Knew About Unitarianism

On this “bring a friend Sunday,” we’ll take a look at what it is that draws and keeps us committed to our faith tradition. There’s got to be things about being Unitarians we value, and wish other people knew.
Let’s count the ways and see if who and what we are makes sense and what it is we wish people knew about the religion we hold dear.
Music: Featuring music written by our own Joyce Poley

The Chalice Choir sings

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Hearts Full of Love: A Nativity Story

This playful and interactive Christmas pageant tells the Nativity story in a way that plays on our Unitarian Universalist principles. From the mystery and wonder of a super nova to the magical feeling of joy inspired by a heart full of love.
Our play this year is by Norman Allen, playwright and UU Minister.

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Courage

It’s not listed in our Unitarian Seven Principles or among the Sources of our living tradition: Courage. Ancient cultures esteemed it as a principal virtue. Does it have a place in our lives and world today? If so, how and why?
This is First Sunday, all-congregation worship service. Prepare for some audience participation.

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UN Sunday and Gibbard Award

Join us for a Celebration of UN Sunday and the opportunity to meet and hear from this year’s UN Gibbard Award winner. “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all”. We still affirm this principle and extend our support for the vision and effective work of the UN.
The Chalice Choir sings

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Abundance and Thanksgiving

This all-congregation Thanksgiving Sunday celebrates abundance, the having enough, and more, of good things in our lives. Abundance doesn’t mean everything’s perfect. It’s more a recognition that, to quote Wendell Berry, “what we need is here.” It means gratitude for abundance in our world, our community, from family to friends to a congregation, as well as abundance in justice making.
The Chalice Choir sings

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Peak Bull

It’s no secret that we’re contending with a world awash in bullying, post-truth, and alternative facts. Unitarians are committed by covenant to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

We’ll look at what’s being called the new war on truth and consider how we could and should fight back

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2018-09-23 Peak Bull (82.9 KiB)

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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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2018-08-26-Am_I_Welcome_Here_As_I_Am.mp3

Finding My Spiritual Path

Describing Unitarian religion often focuses on what it isn’t. For me, what makes us religious is our gentle encouragement of a variety of collective and personal “spiritual” practices, broadly conceived. I’ll describe some of mine, and how I grew into them. Perhaps our paths will cross.

Karl Perrin is a life long Unitarian. He learned activism at Sunday school in Detroit, and has been an environmental activist since 1993. Currently he is helping to stop the second dilbit pipeline to Burnaby. In 2012, he wrote an anti-pipeline divestment resolution passed by a wide majority at UCV.

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2018-08-05-Karl_Perrin-Finding_My_Spiritual_Path.mp3