Upcoming Sunday Services
September is a Theme Month – Shared Exploration of Possibility
In our Unitarian community, we have been exploring occasional monthly themes for a couple of years now. We’ve explored Hope, Curiosity, Sanctuary and Vision with talks, videos and shared reflections. This year, we are planning to explore Possibility, Trust and Wholeness in September, February and May respectively. We use the themes as a way to explore ideas more deeply and to forge new connections with each other as we share ideas.
What Does It Mean To Be People of Possibility?
What do we think of when we look at our hopes for the future? Rev. Mark Skrabacz of San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Gerogetown, Texas, says “Will we ever be finished with our free and responsible search for truth and meaning? This is a question for each of us.”
To put our vision of the future into action, we need trust, wholeness and possibility in our community. Follow the link to some readings from our Soul Matters package to start us thinking.
September 1st – No Service, Labour Day Long Weekend
September 8th – Water Ceremony
The water ceremony is our “coming together again” fall ritual. It is our opportunity to share our summer “water stories” and greet friends old and new. We bring to Sunday service a small amount of water from a place that is special to us or from a place we have visited over the summer.
During the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, each person explains why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared Unitarian Universalist faith coming from many different sources.
BRUNCH TODAY – BRING YOUR FAVOURITE DISH TO SHARE.
September 15th – The Danger of a Single Story
A TED Talk video by Chimamanda Adichie, introduced by Tanya Walker
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
September 22nd – Reflections on Possibility
Each month we have a theme, we facilitate shared reflections about the previous week’s program.
What dangers do we see in a single story or perception about others? How is our understanding improved when we learn each other’s stories? How do we go about learning other people’s stories?
September 29th – Doing Church Differently
Guest Speaker: Liz James
“Like so many institutions in modern society, church is undergoing profound change. What are the possibilities? Our speaker this morning was halfway through a Ministry degree when she decided to quit school and form the UU Hysterical Society, a 20,000 person UU humour group. Come here her story of being open to possibility.”