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?
• Choir sings

Heather Talbot is an artist and counsellor who has been facilitating Joanna Macy’s ‘work that reconnects’ for the past six years.

Apr-16-2017: Compassion in the Workplace

Compassion in the workplace
Brigit Atkinson, Sita Sahasrabudhe and David Jordan
Service coordinator: Joan Morris

With the theme of compassion this month, three Beaconites will explore their experience of compassion working in the caring professions. Brigit Atkinson, a registered clinical counsellor and trauma therapist; Sita Sahasrabudhe, a support worker; and David Jordan, a wheelchair technician, all work in an environment where compassion can make a difference in the lives of those they care for. Find out what role compassion plays in their work.

Apr-9-2017: Compassion: Our Interrelated Lives

Our Interrelated Lives
Sarah Hong, Susan Millar, Janet Pivnick and Marilyn Medén

Beacon writers Sarah Hong, Susan Millar, Janet Pivnick and Marilyn Medén will go deeply into their own and others’ experience of compassion, to give us food for thought and action.

Apr-2-2017: The Power of Compassion

The Power of Compassion
Sandy Burpee

Compassion is a powerful emotion, but does it always lead us in the right direction? Today we will explore the nature of compassion and consider its intersection with the ethical treatment of others.
A long time Beacon member, Sandy has chaired the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group since December 2006. Previously he was the founding chair of the Fraser-Burrard Community Justice Society (now the CERA society), a restorative justice program for youth, as well as the Tri-Cities Housing Coalition. He was Volunteer Lead at SHARE’s Coquitlam food bank depot for 10 years until May 2014, and is a Life Member of Coquitlam Search & Rescue. Sandy retired from a career with BC Hydro in 2004. On March 20, 2017 he was presented with a BC Medal of Good Citizenship at a ceremony at the Coquitlam Town Centre fire hall.

Mar-19-2017: Failing at Simplicity

Failing at Simplicity
Rev. Debra Thorne

As a country and as a culture, Canadians are the most wasteful, indulgent and neglectful in the world. We have been called environmental laggards. Knowing this doesn’t seem to make a difference. How do we encourage a sea-change in our relationship with earth and technological resources? I suggest our survival is dependent on a spiritual transformation.