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.

Mar-12-2017: To Live Deliberately

To Live Deliberately
Rev. Samaya Oakley

We live in an age where we are constantly bombarded with messages about how to dress, what to eat, what to drive, what to listen to, and how to live. How do we, as Unitarian Universalists, maneuver ourselves through the quagmire of these messages? This service looks at the words of our Universalist forefather, Henry David Thoreau, to see if they provide any clues for those of us living in the twenty-first century.

Mar-5-2017: The Cost of Our Arising

The Cost of Our Arising
Rev. Debra Thorne

In this season of Lent the Christian tradition begins its journey of delving deeply into the meaning of death and the renewal of life. On a similar theme, we turn our focus to discerning that which is essential from what is not. From the mystic Gurdjieff to Saint David, wise people have set down formulas for deepening spiritually by leading simpler lives.

Feb-26-2017: Joy and Justice in Climate Action

Guy Dauncey

If we don’t have a pretty firm idea of where we are going, how are we going to get there? Guy Dauncey, eco-futurist and author of 101 Solutions to Global Warming and Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic and Journey to the Future, will speak of joy and justice in climate action. Guy’s positive vision of a sustainable and congenial future, will lead us to see the possibility of practical and enjoyable action.

Journey to the Future

Slide show Presentation (606 slides): https://www.slideshare.net/GuyDauncey/journey-to-the-future-a-better-world-is-possible

YouTube Presentation (2 hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJHuam61Vrc

Web page for book: www.journeytothefuture.ca

Feb-19-2017: Our Interdependence Calls

Rev. Debra Thorne

Listen. We are not alone. Breathe. We are connected to every person and every plant and every star. There is a humming rising from this connection, it is a song of joy and a song of love. It is a truth more powerful than a bushel of doubts, more real than your own hand. Smile.

Feb-12-2017: The Syrian Conflict: A Personal Perspective

Mohamad Kebbewar

Mohamad has been a volunteer translator for the Settlement Team since last summer, after serendipitously meeting Susan Millar at a poetry reading in which he was presenting. Mohamad, a native of Syria, will be speaking about the Syrian conflict and sharing some of his original writing.
Mohamad Kebbewar was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria, and educated in Canada. His writing is about the struggle of the ordinary citizen in a war that grinds an entire population into nothingness, and what remains after the rubble has settled.

Jan-29-2017: Disability, Radical Inclusion, and Attitude Shifts

Disability, Radical Inclusion, and Attitude Shifts
Dave Symington
This talk will explore various issues concerning disability, societal attitudes, and some radical ideas about sexuality and inclusion. Through personal experience of living with a disability for over 40 years, as well as 20 years of living without a disability, the speaker will explore systemic and social changes up to this point and possibilities for the future.
Dave Symington spent most of his career working in the post secondary system as a counselor, advisor, program manager and policy coordinator. He currently spends his time engaged in music, advocacy and volunteer work.

Further reading/viewing:

Books:
The Forest Unseen, David George Haskell
Free Will, Sam Harris
Bring Me the Rhinoceros, John Tarrant

Articles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/opinion/denouncing-trump-wont-help-disability-rights.html?_r=1
https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/conner-habib-on-changing-the-way-we-think-about-everything/
http://www.vincegowmon.com/choosing-heart-and-life-amongst-the-busyness-of-things/#disqus_thread
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/03/30/a_respectful_postscript_to_edward_hungs_endoflife_letter.html

Movies:

Scarlett Road
https://youtu.be/DMXjc_Ow4mg

Jan-15-2017: Polyamory

Polyamory
Guest Speakers: Madeline Micheals and Melanie Ray 

Service Coordinator: Marilyn Medén

As part of our spiritual development we open ourselves to a deeper understanding of the many ways in which human love is expressed. On this Sunday we are fortunate to have two polyamorous speakers tell us of their outlook and about polyamory in their lives.

Jan-8-2017: Letting Go: A Fire Communion

Letting Go: A Fire Communion
Rev. Debra Thorne

Through the elements of soothing water and sparkling fire we remember and release the past year to make way for the new. We will honour those we have lost and all that was unfinished and unrealized. We will celebrate small victories and major accomplishments. We will make way for the new.