Feb-21-2016: When the Water Runs Clear

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Aline LaFlamme

Reconciliation is justice. It is a profound tradition within Aboriginal culture rooted in ‘right relationship’. Without right relations there would be no community. When relationships are broken because of hurtful or thoughtless action, reconciliation transforms them and community is restored.

Feb-14-2016: Feeding the Phoenix

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Marilyn Medén and Friends
How do we rise above “we/they” and move into just plain “We”? If our private lives are a microcosm of the larger picture, the nation, the world—what guidelines can we use? Can we really “be the change we want to see”? Friends from our congregation will explore the possibilities.

Feb-7-2016: Sharing Our Faith: A Year of Reconciliation

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Rev. Debra Thorne
It is an auspicious time in Canada, an opportunity to heal historical and present day wrongs through knowledge and spiritual commitment. This opportunity for reconciliation is being shared by Unitarians across Canada as part of our commitment to Indigenous people through the Truth and Reconciliation process.

Jan-24-2016 & Jan-31-2016

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Jan-17-2016: To play’s the thing…

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Don Hauka

Playing: kid’s stuff. Waste of time—not enough time. Life’s too busy. “Play” isn’t taken seriously, even in the dictionary: “Play: engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” But you can achieve a lot just by horsing around and not being afraid to have fun. Don Hauka leads you on a journey of discovery of the power of play in a creative process peppered with epiphanies. Join us on January 17 and have your game-face on!

Jan-10-2016: Playing with Art, and Life

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Rev. Katie Stein Sather

When I retired from the Unitarian ministry and started art quilting, I was immediately struck by the details of my creative process, and how moving from words to art was both similar and different. I realized that creativity and play—and the risk-taking necessary to be creative—leads to a more satisfying life.

Dec-27-2015: Stories that End Well

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Marilyn Medén and Friends
On this Sunday—so close after Christmas, and the last Sunday of our theme, Story—we will listen to, read, and interpret stories that illustrate our principles, arrive from many sources, and end well. It will be a joyous, and yet serious; interactive, and yet personal; relaxing, and yet engaging time.

Dec-13-2015: Sometimes a Blue Christmas

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Rev. Debra Thorne
As we approach the longest night of the year, we pause and touch the tender places of loss and hurt. The Blue Christmas Service is a time for acknowledging both personal pain and the suffering in the world, that we may make ready our hearts for the return of hope and love.

Dec-6-2015: Wisdom from the World’s Religions

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Harold Rosen, a former minister at Beacon, is now a community interfaith educator who designs and teaches courses on world religions. He will engage us in an exploration of Unitarian’s third source of wisdom—that which comes from the world’s religions that inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. He will address the place of ‘wisdom’ in our lives, and explore two kinds of wisdom from the world’s religions: universally abiding moral-spiritual principles, and historically progressing social-institutional guidelines.

Nov-29-2015: Extending our Welcome

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Rev. Meg Roberts
Coordinator: Joan Morris
Beacon went through an educational process and an official vote in 2004 to become a Unitarian Universalist ‘Welcoming Congregation’, acknowledging support for the inclusion and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. That was eleven years ago. What are some issues transgender people face today and how can we, with integrity, be more welcoming of transgender people?