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:

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




Scarlett Road

Jan-15-2017: 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.

Dec-11-2016: Revelation—Neither Sealed Nor Known

Revelation: Neither Sealed Nor Known
Rev. Ev Morris

In my opinion, the essence of Unitarian truth is simple. That which separates us from, and elevates us above all other religions, is one simple phrase: Revelation is neither sealed nor known. It amazes me that something so clear and central and basic has received such little attention. This sermon tries to correct this oversight.
Rev. Ev Morris is a member of Beacon and a retired Unitarian minister who served Beacon from 1998-2002. A few years ago Rev. Ev self published a little book of poetry and a book of sermons. He has recently produced a blog of what he assessed were his best sermons over his 15 year career as a minister. You can find these sermons and some of his other writings at https://evmorris.wordpress.com.

Dec-4-2016: Sweet Expectation

Sweet Expectation
Rev. Debra Thorne

Savouring possibilities that life may bring is a delicious joy, to be held lightly and released freely when expectations are not met; the wisdom comes from knowing when to hold on and when to let go. How can we hold on to a sweet expectation in these dark days of winter?



SOUL FOOD: Bread for LIFE!
Anne Morrison

This talk will explore how unfulfilled yearnings are sometimes even more depleting than going without food, by preventing us from experiencing true contentment in life. Join Anne Morrison as she explores how tending to our yearnings is the universal food that fuels our life energy and enables us to experience inner peace. We all hunger to experience our own worth and have our yearnings fulfilled.

Anne is a former member of the Beacon Unitarian Church and a current member of the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo. As a community developer and therapist, Anne has over 40 years’ experience facilitating ways for people to transform inner pain so that they can stand tall in their own magnificence. Anne currently conducts individual, couple and family therapy, as well as therapist training and supervision, from her serene Chemainus home office. Anne’s website: annemorrison.ca

Nov-6-2016: Friends in Hard Times


Rev. Debra Thorne
Eight years ago in Chicago I watched the inauguration of Barack Obama, in a room of Unitarians, some of who had marched alongside Martin Luther King in the great civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It was a day of unimagined joy. This next American election has been unimaginable in a very different way. How do we understand the forces at play and support our American friends and neighbours?

Oct-30-2016: Breaking Free


Speaker: Cathy Tingskov
Service Coordinator: Marilyn Medén
‘Breaking free’ from internalized oppression, to live a happier healthier life, can be a challenging process. For some who are not quite there yet, it can take months, years, or even a lifetime to achieve. Yet, at any age, the risks and benefits are well-worth the journey.
Using personal stories, Cathy Tingskov will share some experiences on her path to breaking free. In doing so, she hopes to support and inspire others who may be on similar journeys.