Rev. Debra Thorne and Casey Thorne-Stainsby The first day of Spring unleashes winter’s buried energy—flowers bloom, sap runs, desire for the renewal of life returns with glee. How wonderful is our interconnectedness with all the forces of nature. How intricate are the many religious responses to this annual renewal of earth energy.
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Rev. Debra Thorne The Syrian refugee family sponsored by Beacon Unitarian Congregation is about to arrive. Imagine being a stranger in a new land where every smell and taste and smiling face is unfamiliar. How do we minimize our assumptions and our expectations? How do we maximize our cultural awareness?
Aline LaFlamme Reconciliation is justice. It is a profound tradition within Aboriginal culture rooted in ‘right relationship’. Without right relations there would be no community. When relationships are broken because of hurtful or thoughtless action, reconciliation transforms them and community is restored.
Marilyn Medén and Friends How do we rise above “we/they” and move into just plain “We”? If our private lives are a microcosm of the larger picture, the nation, the world—what guidelines can we use? Can we really “be the change we want to see”? Friends from our congregation will explore the possibilities.
Rev. Debra Thorne It is an auspicious time in Canada, an opportunity to heal historical and present day wrongs through knowledge and spiritual commitment. This opportunity for reconciliation is being shared by Unitarians across Canada as part of our commitment to Indigenous people through the Truth and Reconciliation process.
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Don Hauka Playing: kid’s stuff. Waste of time—not enough time. Life’s too busy. “Play” isn’t taken seriously, even in the dictionary: “Play: engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” But you can achieve a lot just by horsing around and not being afraid to have fun. Don Hauka […]