Topic: Spiritual Practice

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.

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Why People Hate Religion

Using religion as a moral cover for shoddy thinking and bad behaviour is not new to our age; it’s a complaint thousands of years old.  So why bring it up now?  It may be worth considering why we’re still ‘religious’ and what we’re religious for.  Should anyone care?  And speaking of which, where are the “millennials” (and others)?

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Letting Go

So often, we struggle for things to stay the same—relationships, jobs, identity; and for good reason—letting go is hard.  We cling to what is and often fear the unknown of what may be.  As the season of Autumn winds down and Winter approaches, are there things we can learn from Nature and each other about accepting and embracing change?

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Finding Balance

In this First Sunday all – congregation worship service we’ll be exploring ways in which we can be a people of balance. The ideal and practice of finding balance has been a key feature in religions, the sciences, the arts, and in our lived encounter with the rhythms of nature and the stages of our own lives.

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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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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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Peace Like a River?

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it,” wrote Norman Maclean. Rivers figure prominently in the religious traditions of the world. They pulse through First Nations cultures. Many name themselves after them and their treasured historic and cultural ties.
Join us for a commemoration of World Rivers day, and the call of Unitarian Sources to celebrate the circle of life and to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

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The Religious Experience

The venerable Rev. Fred is our featured speaker. He writes “Many religious people have devoted their lives to seeking a religious experience. One fellow named Mert asked (Methodist) Bishop Quayle, ‘Bishop, how can I have an experience of God?’ The bishop said, ‘Well, Mert, go into a deep forest….’.”

Fred will finish this story when he speaks in Vancouver.

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