Nov-5-2017: First Nations and Pipelines

Karl Perrin and Holly Arntzen
Europeans colonized this land. Elsewhere (e.g. India, Kenya) the colonizers vacated. But not here. As First Nations claim rights, and Canada says it supports their “free, prior, and informed consent” before corporate colonization is permitted, we must ask, “How did we get here?” and perhaps, “Are we colonizers, colonized, or both?”

Oct-29-2017: Generous Spirit

Generous Spirit
Rev. Debra Thorne

Every religion upholds the practice of giving as a spiritual act. Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed all offered teachings on giving as a spiritual practice. What do we as North Americans understand about the spiritual depth of giving? There are many different world views on giving—some that we are familiar with and others that are unfamiliar and may challenge our thinking about our identity and the meaning of community.

Oct-8-2017: Mentoring: a Generosity of Knowledge

Rev. Debra Thorne
Without the generosity of those who share their experience and knowledge, our lives would be an endless repetition of discovery—with little growth, depth or progress. Unitarians are lifelong learners but are we mentors to the next generation? Are we generous with our knowledge? Are we stingy when it comes to sharing our wisdom? The mentor relationship is marked by interdependence, humbleness and respect.

Oct-1-2017: Generous Listening, Courageous Dialogue

Janet Pivnick, Tyler Vittie, Audrey Taylor

Through the decision to celebrate Canada 150+, Vancouver signalled an intention to make reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples a priority. The CUC has, similarly, made a commitment to embark on a path of reconciliation within congregations. What is reconciliation? Why is it receiving so much attention? Where does it fit in our lives? Today, we will listen (via video) to the perspectives of Chief Robert Joseph, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and hear from facilitators of Beacon’s upcoming exploration of the CUC’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide.

Sep-17-2017: Belonging Begins Here

Rev. Debra Thorne

When our home is unsafe, when our country is unsafe, when our bodies are unsafe, who do we turn to and how do we find a place to belong? Canada is filled with amazing people who have made brave choices in desperate times and who have found a safe harbour in Canada. From all over the world people look to Canada as a place to belong.

Sep-10-2017: Return Again

Return Again to the Place We Belong: A Water Ceremony
Rev. Debra Thorne

The seasonal wheel turns, summer moves into autumn and we return to Beacon from the many shores, coastlines and pools of summer travel. Each year we reconnect our community in September through the symbol of water, a symbol of travel, or the spirit, and of diversity and strength. Please bring with you a little water that represents the spiritual journey you have been on through the summer.

Jun-11-2017: Living in Whiteness

Living in Whiteness
Rev. Debra Thorne

There is a difficult and necessary conversation taking place right now across Canadian and American Unitarian Universalist communities. In the past month there have been 690 congregations offering services and teach-ins on the issues of ‘white supremacy’. The institutions are being challenged as are the congregations to face with courage and love that which is so hard to see. I will share my understanding of what white supremacy means and bring Beacon into this crucial conversation.

May-28-2017: Belonging: Unity in Diversity

Belonging: Unity in Diversity
Rev Debra Thorne

It has been one hundred and fifty years since the Canadian Confederation was formed. In light of the commitment to the process of Truth and Reconciliation, how can Unitarians celebrate the establishment of Canada and at the same time honour and respect Aboriginal history?

May-7-2017: Healing Waters

Rev. Debra Thorne

Recently returned from the Celtic waters of Scotland, Rev. Debra shares her insights and discoveries from her sabbatical journey.

Apr-30-2017: Compassion in Troubling Times

Compassion in Troubling Times
Guest Speaker: Heather Talbot

Service Coordinators: Nancy Rupert and Janet Pivnick

Recent world events have left Unitarians feeling a sense of despair and seeking ways to support and catalyze change. Yet some may wonder how to participate in social justice without burning out or giving in to despair. Join us this week to listen to Heather Talbot share the ideas of deep ecologist Joanna Macy who has created an experiential model called the Work that Reconnects. Heather will answer the question, “How can we keep our hearts open in these troubling times?
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Heather Talbot is an artist and counsellor who has been facilitating Joanna Macy’s ‘work that reconnects’ for the past six years.