Nov-5-2017: First Nations and Pipelines

Karl Perrin and Holly Arntzen
Europeans colonized this land. Elsewhere (e.g. India, Kenya) the colonizers vacated. But not here. As First Nations claim rights, and Canada says it supports their “free, prior, and informed consent” before corporate colonization is permitted, we must ask, “How did we get here?” and perhaps, “Are we colonizers, colonized, or both?”

Oct-29-2017: Generous Spirit

Generous Spirit
Rev. Debra Thorne

Every religion upholds the practice of giving as a spiritual act. Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed all offered teachings on giving as a spiritual practice. What do we as North Americans understand about the spiritual depth of giving? There are many different world views on giving—some that we are familiar with and others that are unfamiliar and may challenge our thinking about our identity and the meaning of community.

Oct-8-2017: Mentoring: a Generosity of Knowledge

Rev. Debra Thorne
Without the generosity of those who share their experience and knowledge, our lives would be an endless repetition of discovery—with little growth, depth or progress. Unitarians are lifelong learners but are we mentors to the next generation? Are we generous with our knowledge? Are we stingy when it comes to sharing our wisdom? The mentor relationship is marked by interdependence, humbleness and respect.

Oct-1-2017: Generous Listening, Courageous Dialogue

Janet Pivnick, Tyler Vittie, Audrey Taylor

Through the decision to celebrate Canada 150+, Vancouver signalled an intention to make reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples a priority. The CUC has, similarly, made a commitment to embark on a path of reconciliation within congregations. What is reconciliation? Why is it receiving so much attention? Where does it fit in our lives? Today, we will listen (via video) to the perspectives of Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and hear from facilitators of Beacon’s upcoming exploration of the CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide.

Sep-17-2017: Belonging Begins Here

Rev. Debra Thorne

When our home is unsafe, when our country is unsafe, when our bodies are unsafe, who do we turn to and how do we find a place to belong? Canada is filled with amazing people who have made brave choices in desperate times and who have found a safe harbour in Canada. From all over the world people look to Canada as a place to belong.

Apr-30-2017: Compassion in Troubling Times

Compassion in Troubling Times
Guest Speaker: Heather Talbot

Service Coordinators: Nancy Rupert and Janet Pivnick

Recent world events have left Unitarians feeling a sense of despair and seeking ways to support and catalyze change. Yet some may wonder how to participate in social justice without burning out or giving in to despair. Join us this week to listen to Heather Talbot share the ideas of deep ecologist Joanna Macy who has created an experiential model called the Work that Reconnects. Heather will answer the question, “How can we keep our hearts open in these troubling times?
• Choir sings

Heather Talbot is an artist and counsellor who has been facilitating Joanna Macy’s ‘work that reconnects’ for the past six years.

Apr-16-2017:

Compassion in the workplace
Brigit Atkinson, Sita Sahasrabudhe and David Jordan
Service coordinator: Joan Morris

With the theme of compassion this month, three Beaconites will explore their experience of compassion working in the caring professions. Brigit Atkinson, a registered clinical counsellor and trauma therapist; Sita Sahasrabudhe, a support worker; and David Jordan, a wheelchair technician, all work in an environment where compassion can make a difference in the lives of those they care for. Find out what role compassion plays in their work.

Apr-9-2017: Compassion: Our Interrelated Lives

Compassion:
Our Interrelated Lives
Sarah Hong, Susan Millar, Janet Pivnick and Marilyn Medén

Beacon writers Sarah Hong, Susan Millar, Janet Pivnick and Marilyn Medén will go deeply into their own and others’ experience of compassion, to give us food for thought and action.

Apr-2-2017: The Power of Compassion

The Power of Compassion
Sandy Burpee

Compassion is a powerful emotion, but does it always lead us in the right direction? Today we will explore the nature of compassion and consider its intersection with the ethical treatment of others.
A long time Beacon member, Sandy has chaired the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group since December 2006. Previously he was the founding chair of the Fraser-Burrard Community Justice Society (now the CERA society), a restorative justice program for youth, as well as the Tri-Cities Housing Coalition. He was Volunteer Lead at SHARE’s Coquitlam food bank depot for 10 years until May 2014, and is a Life Member of Coquitlam Search & Rescue. Sandy retired from a career with BC Hydro in 2004. On March 20, 2017 he was presented with a BC Medal of Good Citizenship at a ceremony at the Coquitlam Town Centre fire hall.

Mar-19-2017: Failing at Simplicity

Failing at Simplicity
Rev. Debra Thorne

As a country and as a culture, Canadians are the most wasteful, indulgent and neglectful in the world. We have been called environmental laggards. Knowing this doesn’t seem to make a difference. How do we encourage a sea-change in our relationship with earth and technological resources? I suggest our survival is dependent on a spiritual transformation.