Topic: Relationships

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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2019-04-07-Embracing_the_Future.mp3

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

 

A Beautiful World of Broken Hearts

Justice work is the mystic’s path.

Guest minister Rev. Ron Phares will invite us to contemplate justice and the opportunities it offers to create a more beautiful world and a more connected spirituality. We will walk reflectively from heartbreak to joy in pursuit of justice, equity, and compassion.

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Podcast

Whatta Man, Whatta Man, Whatta Man, What a Mighty Good Man

In the wake and ripples of #metoo and #timesup, and the rising tide of men’s rights activists and incels, what does it mean to Reimagine Masculinity, as a recent conference in Victoria encouraged? What does it mean now to be a boy or a man, and how can we heal the wounds that lead too many men to harm others, and themselves? What does Unitarian Universalism offer to the dialogue on a re-imagined masculinity?

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References
Deep Secrets by Niobe Way
Many of my childhood friends are dead. Is masculinity to blame?
Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling

Healing and Reconciliation?

June 11 is designated “National Day of Healing and Reconciliation” whose aim is to “effect healing and reconciliation among all races, creeds and denominations residing in Canada.”

Did we know how wide and deep that aim is? And what does is mean to heal and reconcile? What would that look like?

Listen to the Podcast

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The Thread You Follow

As we navigate the complexities of our lives, what guides our steps? What holds us steady? What changes our course?
Join us as we reflect on meaning and mysteries on life’s journey.
This is a pulpit exchange event. North Shore Unitarian ministers Revs. Emily and Marcus Hartlief preach at UCV, while Rev.  Epperson travels to meet with North Shore Unitarians. A grand, centuries-long Unitarian tradition.
The Chalice Choir Sings

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2018-02-18-Rev_Marcus_Hartlief-The_Thread_You_Follow.mp3

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2018-02-18-The Thread You Follow (94.9 KiB)

Presence to Change

We have learned the value of being present, in the moment, to ourselves, to the earth, and to the people around us. But as human beings, we have also survived and thrived based on living through habits, developing routines, and not having to think about what we already know.

How do we teach ourselves to be centered and present in a world filled with unpredictability and swirling with
change?

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2018-02-11-Rev_Frances_Deverell-Presence_to_Change.mp3

An Experience in Shared Ministry

As UUs we are keenly aware of the Interdependent Web of Existence. The concept is enshrined in our core seven principles. When it comes to ministry, interdependence means that we all share the ministry of the church and minister to each other.

I recently was on the receiving end of this collective ministry when I was critically ill and hospitalised for an extended period of time. In this service I will share my experience with you along with some thoughts about shared ministry.

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2018-01-21-An_Experience_in_Shared_Ministry.mp3

A Pilgrim’s Story: Walking the Camino de Santiago Stories, Impressions and Lessons

The Camino de Santiago in northern Spain is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the Catholic Church. Over 200,000 pilgrims arrive in Santiago de Compostela annually. Pilgrims come from around the world to walk at least 100 km and often more than 800 km.
We are a diverse group ranging in age, faith, language and purpose. We may start by walking alone, but we often end up in groups, and in partners. All of us make our own discoveries, and many of us are changed by our experience.

Listen:

2017-11-05-Laureen_Stokes-A_Pilgrims_Story.mp3

How Nature and Nurture Have Helped Men Be Better Fathers

On this Father’s Day, we will consider how the role and contribution of fathering has taken some fascinating and sometimes underappreciated turns for the better.
We will also be celebrating the bridging of some of our fabulous teens out of the Youth Program and into the Young Adult world.

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson

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Order Of Service - June 18, 2017 (716.8 KiB)

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June 18 - Fathers Day 2017 (380.7 KiB)

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June-18-2017-How-Nature-Nurture-Have-Helped-Men-Be-Better-Fathers.mp3

Interdependence Interrogated and Affirmed?

A year ago, Canadian Unitarians affirmed a new Vision Statement for our denomination with the concept of interdependence at its core.

The Chalice Choir sings.

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson

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May 28 - Interdependence Interrogated And Affirmed
May 28 - Interdependence Interrogated And Affirmed
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Order Of Service - May 28, 2017
Order Of Service - May 28, 2017
Order-of-Service-May-28-2017.pdf
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May 28 - Interdependence Interrogated And Affirmed
May 28 - Interdependence Interrogated And Affirmed
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As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we envision a world in which
our interdependence calls us to love and justice.

These 5 Aspirations guide us in living out our faith: As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we are

Deeply Connected,

Radically Inclusive,

Actively Engaged,

Theologically Alive, and

Spiritually Grounded.