Entries by Beacon

May-6-2018: Transforming Perspective

Rev. Debra Thorne How do we live together with completely different world views? Members of Beacon have been educating themselves in the history of indigenous people and realizing that their way of seeing and being in the world is so very different than that of the settler. For example there is no word for wilderness […]

Apr-29-2018: The Passionate Humanist

Jim Stephenson Unitarian Universalists have been referred to as God’s frozen people. We appreciate dispassionate analysis and a sober search for truth. We tend not to evangelize. and frequently don’t admit that we go to church. While we may be “spiritual”, we are not “religious” and usually don’t practice elaborate rituals. Does this mean we […]

Apr-15-2018: Stitch by Stitch: A Journey of Rediscovery

Lara Charles Brene Brown has said that “if we want our children to love and accept who they are, our job is to love and accept who we are.” But how do we get to this place of self-acceptance? Join Lara Charles as she shares her journey of rediscovering her passion for life, teaching and […]

Apr-8-2018: A Question of Evil

Rev. Debra Thorne Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the North are clearly bad. Real life is not so specific. Yet is there a line we can draw between good and evil? What is the function of evil in the stories we tell and how do we confront the very real structures of evil […]

Apr-1-2018: A Holy Foolishness

Rev. Debra Thorne Hee-hee-hee! Did you hear the one about the Unitarian? The world of humour has a pointed wisdom, and jokes about Unitarians are no exception. What do jokes tell us about who we are? What humour delights and what humour offends? Let’s try a little ‘laughing yoga’ with our chocolate bunnies this Easter […]

Mar-25-2018: Beyond the Pail: Finding Meaning in the Here and Now

Guest Speaker: Valentin Schaefer Service Coordinator: Janet Pivnick The creation of a bucket list encourages people to seek the extraordinary with expensive trips and adventures. Contemplating retirement, Val Schaefer, an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, is choosing to think “beyond the pail”. Expanding mindfulness to find the extraordinary in the […]