NEW learning opportunity for Reconciliation
“Speak up!” Book Club
September 28 at 7 pm
Read “Becoming Kin”. This is an Indigenous call to un-forget the past and re-imagine the future. Sponsored by the Multicultural Council of Sask”.
Orange Shirt Day – Walk & BBQ
Antiracism: How to Be an Active Ally
with facilitation by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
Saturday November 4, 2-4 PM cst – at the Unitarian Centre, 2700 College Ave, hosted by the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina
Rhonda Rosenberg, MCoS Executive Director will present racism facts. Trained facilitators will engage participants in recognizing racism, bias, and white dominant world views and offer alternatives. The focus is to identify strategies and practise new skills to dismantle racism. Together, we can make a difference. Save the date!
Stand Up Against Harassment
Saturday November 25, 10-11:45 AM at the Unitarian Centre, 2700 College Ave, hosted by the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina
Learn to protect yourself and continue to build your antiracism skills with this 1 hour webinar followed by a practise session. Videos show common interactions where your intervention could make a difference. Strategies are clear, easy to remember and realistic to act on. We can do this! Practicing together will give us confidence. Join us!
Connect and Deepen
2nd and 4th Sundays each month, 3:00 pm CT (90 minutes)
Connect and Deepen is a regular, small group ministry. We gather, virtually, for meaningful discussion, connection and reflection. If you are not connected to a local congregation, or just want the opportunity to explore spiritual topics within a guided small group we encourage you to join us.
More information and registration is available here.
Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action—Community Solutions
The second of a four-part webinar series in which Indigenous climate action leaders in BC share their thoughts and experience, hosted by the West Coast Climate Action Network and RAVEN.
Video Taking Care of our Land – Heiltzaqv Heat Pump project
Bill C-15 An Act respecting … the Rights of Indigenous People
In June 2021, Bill C-15 became law in Canada
See here for background on the intent and content of Bill C-15 and what the Government expects to do now that it has passed.
Basic Income: Can we transform our society? with economist Dr Evelyn Forget
Tuesday April 20, 2021
Regina Unitarians will host Dr Evelyn Forget, well-known Manitoba health economist, researcher and educator for a presentation followed by Q&A. Dr Forget’s research shows that a basic income program has BIG benefits: Mental and physical health improve. People invest in education … And more…
Basic Income details
Dr Evelyn Forget is author of: Basic Income for Canadians: From the COVID-19 Emergency to Financial Security for All (2020).
September is Climate Action Month
KAIROS declares September is Climate Action Month. It aims to galvanize awareness of how the climate crisis impacts vulnerable communities, including women and Indigenous peoples. Kairos intends to stimulate people to reflect on how climate change and Indigenous issues are deeply interwoven. KAIROS’ climate action is rooted in reconciliation and this initiative is intended to amplify and prioritize Indigenous voices. Kairos offers a card suggesting an action for each day of September. It is a great way to motivate your fall Climate Action! For more details on each action, Follow the Kairos blog .
Orange Shirt Day
Kairos Blanket Exercise™ … a meaningful experience of 500 years of Indigenous history
“The exercise begins with simple materials – just blankets and a script – but it can end with powerful takeaways, and even tears. The blankets represent the land. In the exercise, participants are invited to step onto the blankets as Indigenous peoples …. Moving through history, living it out through actions, allows people to connect with it in a different way,” explained Sara Anderson, a Kairos facilitator and staff member in an interview with Kate McGillvray CBC News, July 26, 2017.
The blanket exercise fosters respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In November 2019, the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina hosted a blanket exercise attended by over 30 people from all parts of Regina. All our participants gained insight about the impact certain events had on Indigenous Peoples and now appreciate Canada’s history differently.
Brenda Dubois, an Indigenous knowledge-keeper shared her warmth, skill, and wisdom with us. Three trained facilitators helped build a positive experience and an effective talking circle. With their support, we built new relationships, a base for friendships to come.
We continue the journey. Come learn with us!
Regina Multi-Faith Forum Worked Together to Bring Syrian Family to Regina
The Unitarian Fellowship is part of Regina’s Multi Faith Forum, a group with diverse faith traditions: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Unitarian and others. Together, the Multi-Faith Forum jointly sponsored and welcomed to Regina, a Syrian refugee family: a young woman, her two children, and her parents. The family left a refugee camp in Lebanon and, to the relief of all concerned, arrived in Regina on December 16, 2016. The family lived through an extreme situation, and appreciated the support of the Multi-Faith Forum.
The sponsorship project was initiated when the worsening Syrian crisis became apparent. The intent behind the project was to show the wider community that people from diverse religious backgrounds can work together for a common humanitarian and compassionate cause. Members initially did fund raising, then broke into committees related to welcoming, health, housing, education, transportation and cultural support. Unitarians thank the Archdiocese of Regina for accepting responsibility as sponsorship agreement holder.
Along with other members of Regina’s Multi-Faith Forum, Unitarians celebrate the success of this venture. While planning for financial and social support for a year was a challenge, members from diverse faith traditions worked together well for a common cause. It was a satisfying experience for all.
The Unitarian Fellowship of Regina raised approximately $3,500 for the project over a six-month period, and several Unitarians helped with education, housing and health supports. We’ve learned along the way that a smart-phone app called Google Translate is one way to communicate with people who have limited English. Thanks to Hilary Craig and her many contacts in our city, we now have good links to the English Additional Language (EAL) community and multi-cultural translators.