Karl Perrin
Describing Unitarian religion often focuses on what it isn’t. For me, what makes us religious is our gentle encouragement of a variety of collective and personal “spiritual” practices, broadly conceived. I’ll describe some of mine, and how I grew into them. Perhaps our paths will cross.
Karl Perrin is a life long Unitarian. He learned activism at Sunday school in Detroit, and has been an environmental activist since 1993. Currently he is helping to stop the second dilbit pipeline to Burnaby. In 2012, he wrote an anti-pipeline divestment resolution passed by a wide majority at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

Mar-10-2019: Is Freedom only Fantasy?

Rev. Debra Thorne
Are we truly free or are we stuck in a reality TV show, like the dystopian series Hunger Games where everything is a manipulation? Can we be sure if we really have the freedom of choice? Living in Canada today with our rule of law, and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in relative peace and safety, are there any freedoms we would fight for, or die for?

Mar-3-2019: The Privilege of Freedom

Rev. Debra Thorne
It’s been 102 years since women were able to vote and hold office in British Columbia. This year five and half million women in the Indian state of Kerala stood along the road, hand in hand for the freedom to enter a holy temple. Last month three young women who went to fight for ISIS now want to return to Canada. In the week of International Woman’s Day let us take stock of freedoms won and the shifting sands of responsibility that comes with freedom.

Jan-27-2019: Staying Embodied through Times of Physical Change

Guest Speaker: Sarah Louise Turner
Our bodies both connect us to and give us information about the world around us. How do we learn to heed the spiritual messages that our bodies are telling us and how do we find spiritual equilibrium when, due to illness or pain, those messages aren’t trustworthy? Join actress and educator, Sarah Louise Turner, to contemplate the connection between embodiment and spiritual wisdom in an ever-changing body.

Jan-20-2019: We Have Come to be Danced

Guest Speaker: Sheila Langston
This body. Your body. Your particular body. All that this body has lived through, endured, loved—every breath, every beat of the heart—is a dance. We will listen together to what our bodies have to say, and allow each to expand, to speak, to express itself through movement and music. From wheelchairs, from standing, from sitting in a chair—all bodies are welcome.
Sheila is a Jungian Analyst, Body-Voice Specialist and International BodySoul facilitator. Sheila’s Website:

Jan-13-2019: Everything I Know

Rev. Debra Thorne
When I turned 60 I decided to write a book about everything I know. The book is slow in coming but the meditation on what I know has been fruitful. The premise is that life experience is a great university of the soul and everything that happens to us is a lesson. The first lesson is ‘living in a body’.

Jan-06-2019: This Fire is Love

Rev. Debra Thorne
We begin the new year with our annual Fire Communion. This service is for the whole family and asks ‘what do you want to bring into the world this year?’ We will sing, dance, drum and share stories about creating a world that we want to live in: a world of justice and joy, a world of truth and creativity.

Dec-23-2018: A Blue Christmas

Rev. Debra Thorne
When delight goes out of the world and one’s heart is heavy… when the seasonal pressures drain the pleasure from your days… when your own life doesn’t mesh with the frenzy of consumerism… when good cheer seems distant—these are the times we need each other and the permission to be ourselves, however we are. Let us sing and be real.

Dec-02-2018: Resistance Never Ends

Resistance Never Ends
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan
The celebration of Chanukah provides an annual reminder of the journey from oppression through war to freedom. This struggle towards freedom is continuously replayed within the Jewish faith and resonates with the Jewish experience today. Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan will be leading us in song and story and helping us to unpack the deeper meanings of Chanukah.

Nov-25-2018: Rebel with a Cause

Marilyn Medén and Heather Brown

What makes some people able to think outside the box? Marilyn Medén and Heather Brown will explore what makes a creative thinker, and then give each of you a chance to have fun and stretch your thinking. They’ll ask: What allowed famous inventers and changemakers like Edison and Darwin to create new ways of seeing and understanding the world? How are people such as John Stuart Mills and Elon Musk able to branch out from accepted norms or ways of thinking, and how can we apply that thinking in our our lives, in small ways, and even in larger ones, such as combating climate change?