Jan-17-2016: To play’s the thing…


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 leads you on a journey of discovery of the power of play in a creative process peppered with epiphanies. Join us on January 17 and have your game-face on!

Jan-10-2016: Playing with Art, and Life


Rev. Katie Stein Sather

When I retired from the Unitarian ministry and started art quilting, I was immediately struck by the details of my creative process, and how moving from words to art was both similar and different. I realized that creativity and play—and the risk-taking necessary to be creative—leads to a more satisfying life.

Dec-27-2015: Stories that End Well


Marilyn Medén and Friends
On this Sunday—so close after Christmas, and the last Sunday of our theme, Story—we will listen to, read, and interpret stories that illustrate our principles, arrive from many sources, and end well. It will be a joyous, and yet serious; interactive, and yet personal; relaxing, and yet engaging time.

Dec-13-2015: Sometimes a Blue Christmas


Rev. Debra Thorne
As we approach the longest night of the year, we pause and touch the tender places of loss and hurt. The Blue Christmas Service is a time for acknowledging both personal pain and the suffering in the world, that we may make ready our hearts for the return of hope and love.

Dec-6-2015: Wisdom from the World’s Religions


Harold Rosen, a former minister at Beacon, is now a community interfaith educator who designs and teaches courses on world religions. He will engage us in an exploration of Unitarian’s third source of wisdom—that which comes from the world’s religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. He will address the place of ‘wisdom’ in our lives, and explore two kinds of wisdom from the world’s religions: universally abiding moral-spiritual principles, and historically progressing social-institutional guidelines.

Nov-29-2015: Extending our Welcome


Rev. Meg Roberts
Coordinator: Joan Morris
Beacon went through an educational process and an official vote in 2004 to become a Unitarian Universalist ‘Welcoming Congregation’, acknowledging support for the inclusion and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. That was eleven years ago. What are some issues transgender people face today and how can we, with integrity, be more welcoming of transgender people?

Nov-22-2015: Climate Change: Really, Why Should I Give a Hoot?


Terry McComas
Co-ordinator: Rev. Debra Thorne
One hears many alarming predictions about climate change, but sees few examples in our daily life. The local weather remains mild, our fish still swim, our gardens continue to grow. Experts generally agree that the impacts elsewhere will be more pronounced. So, why should we care?

Nov-15-2015: The Grace in Aging


Rev. Debra Thorne
Aging is a spiritual practice like no other. If we were to take to heart the precariousness of our existence, what strivings and consuming, what cherished beliefs, what clung to personal stories would we let go of? And in that letting go are we prepared for what will return to us?

October 18: Democracy—Use it or lose it


At the intersection between faith and politics is the Unitarian Principle: We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Two Beacon members explore what this means to them, their concerns and how it influences their lives.

October 11: Harvest the Joy


This Thanksgiving we’ll get down to the source of our power, sing it out, share it around and give it away, so we can be refilled. Let joy be the source of your power. Let us be grateful for all that we have of inner and outer resources. Let us be joyful for the sources of our resilience.