Entries by Beacon

Mar-10-2019: Is Freedom only Fantasy?

Rev. Debra Thorne Are we truly free or are we stuck in a reality TV show, like the dystopian series Hunger Games where everything is a manipulation? Can we be sure if we really have the freedom of choice? Living in Canada today with our rule of law, and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in […]

Mar-3-2019: The Privilege of Freedom

Rev. Debra Thorne It’s been 102 years since women were able to vote and hold office in British Columbia. This year five and half million women in the Indian state of Kerala stood along the road, hand in hand for the freedom to enter a holy temple. Last month three young women who went to […]

Jan-27-2019: Staying Embodied through Times of Physical Change

Guest Speaker: Sarah Louise Turner Our bodies both connect us to and give us information about the world around us. How do we learn to heed the spiritual messages that our bodies are telling us and how do we find spiritual equilibrium when, due to illness or pain, those messages aren’t trustworthy? Join actress and […]

Jan-20-2019: We Have Come to be Danced

Guest Speaker: Sheila Langston This body. Your body. Your particular body. All that this body has lived through, endured, loved—every breath, every beat of the heart—is a dance. We will listen together to what our bodies have to say, and allow each to expand, to speak, to express itself through movement and music. From wheelchairs, […]

Jan-13-2019: Everything I Know

Rev. Debra Thorne When I turned 60 I decided to write a book about everything I know. The book is slow in coming but the meditation on what I know has been fruitful. The premise is that life experience is a great university of the soul and everything that happens to us is a lesson. […]

Jan-06-2019: This Fire is Love

Rev. Debra Thorne We begin the new year with our annual Fire Communion. This service is for the whole family and asks ‘what do you want to bring into the world this year?’ We will sing, dance, drum and share stories about creating a world that we want to live in: a world of justice […]

Dec-23-2018: A Blue Christmas

Rev. Debra Thorne When delight goes out of the world and one’s heart is heavy… when the seasonal pressures drain the pleasure from your days… when your own life doesn’t mesh with the frenzy of consumerism… when good cheer seems distant—these are the times we need each other and the permission to be ourselves, however […]

Dec-02-2018: Resistance Never Ends

Resistance Never Ends Guest Speaker: Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan The celebration of Chanukah provides an annual reminder of the journey from oppression through war to freedom. This struggle towards freedom is continuously replayed within the Jewish faith and resonates with the Jewish experience today. Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan will be leading us in song and […]