Upcoming Sunday Services
Please note that there will be no children’s program over the summer months.
October 1 – The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person, Without Exception
Speaker: Jamie Struthers
Unitarian Universalist congregations throughout Canada and the U.S. affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We strive to live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” Today Jamie Struthers, a Regina Unitarian, will reflect on our First Unitarian Universalist Principle and his belief that it be applicable without exception.
October 8 – Dare to Differ
A participatory discussion facilitated by Andrew Quackenbush
Recently we’ve seen news stories about civil disobedience and the value of same. What sorts of resistance are most fruitful? When do you speak up and dare to be different? Come and share your ideas with us.
Potluck Sunday – Join in sharing food and friendship on this day of thanksgiving
October 15 – Learn about Yom Kippur
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Jeremy Parnes
Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25 hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days. As one of the most culturally significant Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur is observed by many secular Jews who may not observe other holidays. Rabbi Jeremy Parnes is the Spiritual Leader of the Beth Jacob Synagogue. Today he will help us understand this most important of days.
October 22 – Insights into the Transgender World of Jett Brewer
Guest Speaker: Jett Brewer
Join us today as we hear Jett Brewer tell us about his personal journey as a transgender person. Jett Brewer is a trans man who is transitioning midlife. After 3 decades of depression and social anxiety he discovered the cause of these struggles to be that he is transgender. He was shocked to learn that gender issues are incredibly common. He spent the next 3 years doing peer counselling, advocating, lobbying and educating anyone that would listen about trans issues. He has held the positions of Vice President and Co-Chair of TransSask, and been on many boards and committees with such organizations as Queen City Pride and Camp fyrefly.
Jett has spoken at rallies at City Hall and the Legislative building. He has also talked to university classes, community organizations, churches, and the Regina Mental Health Clinic staff. He has helped facilitate support groups for trans gender individuals as well as their families. He has met personally with politicians and participated in a provincial education round table on GLBTQ issues. He has been interviewed on TV and radio many times. Most recently he has put volunteering aside to focus on his own healing journey. He is breaking his silence now because of his respect for the Unitarian Fellowship and the relationships he has built with some of the members here.
October 29 – Orthodox Christianity in the Middle East
Guest Speaker: Nagwa Alexander
To be Orthodox Christian in the Middle East is increasingly dangerous but it wasn’t always so. Coptic Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The Coptic Pope presides from Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo. The Coptic Orthodox Church has been a distinct Christian body since the Council of Calcedon in AD 451. Nagwa Alexander immigrated from Egypt almost 50 years ago but has visited Egypt many times since. Today we’ll hear her personal view of being Orthodox Christian in the Middle East