Oct-28-2018: We Carry the Flame

Rev. Debra Thorne
Our chalice flame burns as a symbol of the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and as a symbol of religious freedom and social justice. Although the flame itself is weightless, it takes strength and courage to carry it. Beaconites carry the flame by supporting the ideals of compassion and respect, of joy and justice for all; with the hope that this flame will transform lives.

Oct-14-2018: Fishing Tips

Rev. Debra Thorne, Ashley Cole
If you always fish in the same place and in the same way and get no fish what kind of fisher are you? Maybe it’s time to try something new, like the other side of the boat, or new tackle? This first Pledge Sunday we figure out how to fill the boat with lots of fish! A service for the whole family that includes plenty of music and creative play.

Oct-7-2018: Spiritual Maturity

Rev. Debra Thorne
The beliefs we held as children often change as we grow and gain life experience—or they will if we remain engaged. Spiritual growth means we are intentionally testing and refining what we know of life, meaning and reality. When did you last check if your beliefs were current?

Sep-30-2018: How, Then, Shall We Live?

In his book, How, Then, Shall We Live?, Wayne Muller asks fundamental questions that allow us to “glimpse that relentless spark of spiritual magic that burns within each of us, a spark that can light our way as we venture forth.” These questions cause us to dig deep into our Unitarian principles, ponder how we want to live our lives and consider what our contribution might be to the world. In this service, you will have an opportunity for quiet reflection, creative play and sharing with others in our warm and welcoming community, as we ponder the question: “How, then, shall we live?”
In addition, a representative for the 2018–19 Sharing-the-Plate Recipient ‘Camp Kerry’ will be with us.

Sep-23-2018: Vision that Inspires

Rev. Debra Thorne
These are difficult days on the earth. We are faced with burning forests, rising oceans and air we cannot breathe. The system humans have created to manage ourselves has pulled the rug out from our traditions of truth and trust, honour and integrity. How can we envision our world today in a way that inspires hope?

Sep-16-2018: Vision that Transforms

Rev. Debra Thorne
When have you been so inspired by someone’s words that your life was transformed? Today or 550 years ago, when Francis David inspired the first Unitarian kingdom based on respect and acceptance of all religious faiths, an individual’s words and actions have the power to transform lives. We are both the transformed and the transforming.

June-3-2018: When Questions are the Answer

Rev. Debra Thorne
Have you got a question that you’d like Rev. Debra to answer? That was the invitation to the community. The questions flowed in—from the theological and eschatological to the environmental and historical. Rev. Debra will attempt to answer them all.

May-27-2018: Labyrinth Walks: A Contemplative Practice for Wholeness

Rev. Debra Thorne and Special Guest: Diana Ng
Walking the labyrinth has been a spiritual practice since the 11th century and rediscovered in the last fifty years as part of the reclaiming of contemplative practices both in and outside Catholic and Protestant communities. Diana Ng, member of South Fraser Unitarians, built her first 42 foot diameter labyrinth in Fleetwood Park, Surrey, in 2008. Diana comes to labyrinths from a spiritual and practical point of view. In her own words, labyrinths are ‘a quiet place where the simple act of walking promotes self-awareness, presence, and calm’. You will have the chance to walk one of Diana’s labyrinths during the service.

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.