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?

Nov-22-2015: Climate Change: Really, Why Should I Give a Hoot?

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Terry McComas
Co-ordinator: Rev. Debra Thorne
One hears many alarming predictions about climate change, but sees few examples in our daily life. The local weather remains mild, our fish still swim, our gardens continue to grow. Experts generally agree that the impacts elsewhere will be more pronounced. So, why should we care?

Nov-15-2015: The Grace in Aging

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Rev. Debra Thorne
Aging is a spiritual practice like no other. If we were to take to heart the precariousness of our existence, what strivings and consuming, what cherished beliefs, what clung to personal stories would we let go of? And in that letting go are we prepared for what will return to us?

October 18: Democracy—Use it or lose it

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At the intersection between faith and politics is the Unitarian Principle: We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Two Beacon members explore what this means to them, their concerns and how it influences their lives.

October 11: Harvest the Joy

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This Thanksgiving we’ll get down to the source of our power, sing it out, share it around and give it away, so we can be refilled. Let joy be the source of your power. Let us be grateful for all that we have of inner and outer resources. Let us be joyful for the sources of our resilience.

 

October 4: What Moves Me

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From the edges of sustainability rise the stories that keep us going when fear and despair threaten to defeat us. Listen to a Suzuki Elder listen to and dialogue with youth to find shared sources of resilience. Suzuki Elders, like Diana Ellis, have for three years mentored youth engaged in environmental work and learned of the fine balance between hope and fear and of facing the future together.

September 27: Your Home Country

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Three Beacon connections, Rebecca Burns, Leo Bae, and Arlette Stewart, who have moved to Canada from another country will reflect on what a home country means to them. How did they choose Canada? What advantages did they look for? What are the difficulties in changing cultures? What do they want to keep from the previous culture? Has the change been reflected in their spiritual life?