May-20-2018: What about me? Being a man in the era of ‘Me Too!’

Phil Campbell and Theo Boere, Executive Director and Founder of Men’s Resource Center
Men have done some truly awful things to women. We should all be ashamed—shouldn’t we? How can we men respond to this in a meaningful way and still hold on to our maleness with pride? Should we as men hold to the Possum Lodge oath, Quando omni flunkus moritati, or do we enter into dialogue with our women friends, lovers and neighbours about what our gender identity means to us and what it means to treat each other with respect and dignity irrespective of gender?

May-13-2018: Healing in the era of ‘Me Too!’

Rev. Debra Thorne
It was like a tidal wave that swept the first world. So much good healing has come from the early days of the ‘Me Too!’ movement. With unchallenged power this wave uprooted systems of decayed power, and unfortunately a few innocent lives as well. In the aftermath of the first wave there is a dissonance that needs understanding.

May-6-2018: Transforming Perspective

Rev. Debra Thorne
How do we live together with completely different world views? Members of Beacon have been educating themselves in the history of indigenous people and realizing that their way of seeing and being in the world is so very different than that of the settler. For example there is no word for wilderness in First Nation world view, their word for wilderness is simply ‘home’. Participants from the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation program will join Rev. Debra and share examples from their transformed perspective.

Apr-29-2018: The Passionate Humanist

Jim Stephenson

Unitarian Universalists have been referred to as God’s frozen people. We appreciate dispassionate analysis and a sober search for truth. We tend not to evangelize. and frequently don’t admit that we go to church. While we may be “spiritual”, we are not “religious” and usually don’t practice elaborate rituals. Does this mean we are lifeless and boring? Does a skeptical bent mean that we have no place for passion, enthusiasm, zeal, wonder, and joy? On April 29, Jim Stephenson, an accounting consultant and former Green Party candidate, with degrees in engineering, business, and economics, will share his experience living life with passion, enthusiasm, zeal, wonder, and joy. May the farce be with us.

Apr-15-2018: Stitch by Stitch: A Journey of Rediscovery

Lara Charles

Brene Brown has said that “if we want our children to love and accept who they are, our job is to love and accept who we are.” But how do we get to this place of self-acceptance? Join Lara Charles as she shares her journey of rediscovering her passion for life, teaching and learning, through the most challenging and rewarding time of her life. She will share the lessons she learned about nature’s capacity to shift how we look at the world and our lives—as these lessons were revealed—stitch by stitch, in the creation of a quilt.

Apr-8-2018: A Question of Evil

Rev. Debra Thorne

Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the North are clearly bad. Real life is not so specific. Yet is there a line we can draw between good and evil? What is the function of evil in the stories we tell and how do we confront the very real structures of evil in our world?

Apr-1-2018: A Holy Foolishness

Rev. Debra Thorne
Hee-hee-hee! Did you hear the one about the Unitarian? The world of humour has a pointed wisdom, and jokes about Unitarians are no exception. What do jokes tell us about who we are? What humour delights and what humour offends? Let’s try a little ‘laughing yoga’ with our chocolate bunnies this Easter Sunday.

Mar-25-2018: Beyond the Pail: Finding Meaning in the Here and Now

Guest Speaker: Valentin Schaefer
Service Coordinator: Janet Pivnick
The creation of a bucket list encourages people to seek the extraordinary with expensive trips and adventures. Contemplating retirement, Val Schaefer, an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, is choosing to think “beyond the pail”. Expanding mindfulness to find the extraordinary in the ordinary is a different type of adventure that involves cultivating new ways of knowing. Using stories of discovery in the natural world, Val offers ideas for finding fulfillment by staying rooted in place.

Mar-11-2018: Singing, Shouting & Celebration: 250 Years of Universalism

John Hagen, Phil Campbell, choir members and others
What’s in our name? Today we are going to take a look at ‘Universalism’, the other ‘U’ within the historical background of our UU faith. Our intention is to gain knowledge and perspective on a very different religious period in our church history (1800–1920), and how it’s adherents then influenced who we are today. Come and join us for singing, shouting & celebration! We will: sing old hymns; explore old theology; admire the pioneering of new religious values which we still adhere to today; and learn a little more about our Universalist forebears.

Feb-25-2018: Put a Little Love in Your Heart: Giving and Receiving at Burning Man

Amber Strocel, Jeff Young

What does it mean to truly give a gift, and what does it mean to truly receive a gift? One Beaconite explores gifting through the lens of Burning Man, an intentional arts community created for one week each summer in the Nevada desert. Expect music, pictures, and big questions.
Amber Strocel has been active at Beacon since 2001. In that time she switched careers twice, had two children, and discovered a love of skiing and playing guitar. She is now a teacher and loves working with children. This past summer she attended Burning Man for the first time, and developed some new perspectives on what it means to really give and receive a gift.
Jeff Young is an entertainment lawyer and music producer who lives in the Vancouver area with his wife Doris. He also teaches at a number of post-secondary institutions, and is the proud father of an adult daughter. He is a three time “burner”, having attended Burning Man in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In his free time he enjoys skiing and composing music.