Topic: Social Justice

Special Worship Event: “Don’t Label Me: A Modest Proposal for How to Engage in a Time of Outrage” with Guest Speaker Irshad Manji

Join us when Ms. Irshad Manji will speak about how to reclaim our humanity in this time of trenchant tribalism.

Irshad is the author of Don’t Label Me, a gutsy guide to moving beyond the politics of Us-versus-Them. She is also founder of Moral Courage College, which equips people worldwide to do the right thing in the face of their fears. A lecturer with Oxford University’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights, Irshad previously taught leadership at New York University as well as the University of Southern California.

In between, she has written bestselling books about the need for reform in her faith of Islam, while producing the Emmy-nominated PBS film, Faith Without Fear. 

Oprah Winfrey has given Irshad Manji the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.” On November 24, we will see why. (A reception and book-signing will follow.)

You can sign up for her blog and newsletter here: https://irshadmanji.com/

 

Race and Racism: Two Canadian Perspectives

On the surface and among our social institutions, black Canadians may not appear to have experienced and experience prejudice, discrimination, unfair treatment, and racist acts of unkindness. Below the surface, at the personal level, is where these experiences often occur. Wilburn will present real time Canadian racial microaggressions. Patricia traces her path to understanding racism as a white, Canadian woman. She will offer in sights on how white Unitarians can identify and oppose racism in Canada.  

 

Rev. Pat Trudeau, MSW, Med, MDiv

Minister, Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto

Prof. Wilburn Hayden, MSW, PhD

Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, York University

 

See also workshops on October 4 and 5 http://www.wilburnhayden.com/files/events.php

Building a Failure Muscle

In the immediate aftermath of failure, be it personal or professional, we languish in a gully of desperation and hopelessness, convinced that we will never taste competence, let alone success, again.
Bouncing back from failure is a practice. Author and UCV member Lorimer Shenher explains how his life’s personal and professional challenges led him to believe in a failure muscle. He explores ways to strengthen ours, not only building our individual resilience, but enabling us to embolden our global quest for justice and peace.

Speaker: Lorimer Shenher

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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Labour and Capital in Canada

One hundred years ago, working women and men staged strikes across Canada (with its epicentre in Winnipeg) in protest against unemployment, inflation, bad work conditions, low wages and in favour of collective bargaining. Management and government responded with massive obstruction and violence. It would take another three decades before Canadian workers secured union recognition and collective bargaining rights.

Consider this a May Day sermon.

Music by the Fraser Union

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Sanctuary and the Vision of Religion

The principle and practice of providing sanctuary has been a lesser known but core feature of the religious vision from the beginnings of cultures down to the present.
Exploring the rites and right of sanctuary is a fitting way to commemorate this year’s Martin Luther King Day.
Music: Luke Moore (clarinet) and friends

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No One is Illegal?

What did Egyptian border guards say to Mary, Joseph and their infant son when they fled a murderous tyrant and sought refuge in the land of Egypt?
In an age when millions are on the road and high seas in search for a better world, how do we respond?

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Seventy Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights We Have Only Just Begun

Seventy years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, with Canada voting in support. But to what extent have we realized the Declaration’s just and lofty principles, and how can we work towards a Canada, and a world, in which human rights are granted fully and robustly for all?
Stephen von Sychowski is the President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council.

Image result for Stephen von SychowskiStephen von Sychowski was elected President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council in February of this year. However, many of you may know him as a Union Representative with MoveUP, a union he became a member of in 2007 when he started working at Coast Mountain Bus Company. He is also a member of United Steelworkers Local 2009. Stephen has been active and held positions at all levels of the labour movement. He was born in Prince George and today resides in Maple Ridge with his wife Erin, daughter Coraline and dogs Molly and Daisy.

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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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In Memoriam: Remembrance Day

This is the one hundredth anniversary of the ending of World War I. We commemorate this Remembrance Day in a service of poetry, music and meditation. We gather to feel and think on the tragedy of war and the gifts of peace. We honour those who have served us in death and life.
The Chalice Choir sings.

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