Apr-14-2019: Fry Creek Wilderness Camp

The Fry Creek Wilderness Camp of the North West Wilderness Society of the Unitarian Church
Guest Speaker: John Doyle
A beautiful campground (boat access only) awaits you at the base of the Purcells on majestic Kootenay Lake. There is no electricity, no running water and artfully created pit toilets. Unitarians and other like minded families have been enjoying “Camp” since 1966.
John Doyle is the current Camp Director of the Fry Creek Wilderness Camp. His family has been going to Camp every summer since 2000 to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Kootenays.

Apr-7-2019: Growing Whole

Rev. Debra Thorne
Growing whole is a lifelong project. Individuation is the lesson. Jungian James Hollis says, “While revering the mystery of others, our individuation summons each of us to stand in the presence of our own mystery, and become more fully responsible for who we are in this journey we call our life.”


Allegra Sloman
Using the wisdom research of Dilip Jeste as a starting point, writer and entertainer Allegra Sloman will tell you that you’re free to be wise, examine both the appearance and source of wisdom, and consider what wisdom might best be applied to.


Karl Perrin
Describing Unitarian religion often focuses on what it isn’t. For me, what makes us religious is our gentle encouragement of a variety of collective and personal “spiritual” practices, broadly conceived. I’ll describe some of mine, and how I grew into them. Perhaps our paths will cross.
Karl Perrin is a life long Unitarian. He learned activism at Sunday school in Detroit, and has been an environmental activist since 1993. Currently he is helping to stop the second dilbit pipeline to Burnaby. In 2012, he wrote an anti-pipeline divestment resolution passed by a wide majority at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

Mar-10-2019: Is Freedom only Fantasy?

Rev. Debra Thorne
Are we truly free or are we stuck in a reality TV show, like the dystopian series Hunger Games where everything is a manipulation? Can we be sure if we really have the freedom of choice? Living in Canada today with our rule of law, and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in relative peace and safety, are there any freedoms we would fight for, or die for?

Mar-3-2019: The Privilege of Freedom

Rev. Debra Thorne
It’s been 102 years since women were able to vote and hold office in British Columbia. This year five and half million women in the Indian state of Kerala stood along the road, hand in hand for the freedom to enter a holy temple. Last month three young women who went to fight for ISIS now want to return to Canada. In the week of International Woman’s Day let us take stock of freedoms won and the shifting sands of responsibility that comes with freedom.

Jan-27-2019: Staying Embodied through Times of Physical Change

Guest Speaker: Sarah Louise Turner
Our bodies both connect us to and give us information about the world around us. How do we learn to heed the spiritual messages that our bodies are telling us and how do we find spiritual equilibrium when, due to illness or pain, those messages aren’t trustworthy? Join actress and educator, Sarah Louise Turner, to contemplate the connection between embodiment and spiritual wisdom in an ever-changing body.

Jan-20-2019: We Have Come to be Danced

Guest Speaker: Sheila Langston
This body. Your body. Your particular body. All that this body has lived through, endured, loved—every breath, every beat of the heart—is a dance. We will listen together to what our bodies have to say, and allow each to expand, to speak, to express itself through movement and music. From wheelchairs, from standing, from sitting in a chair—all bodies are welcome.
Sheila is a Jungian Analyst, Body-Voice Specialist and International BodySoul facilitator. Sheila’s Website: www.sheilalangston.com

Jan-13-2019: Everything I Know

Rev. Debra Thorne
When I turned 60 I decided to write a book about everything I know. The book is slow in coming but the meditation on what I know has been fruitful. The premise is that life experience is a great university of the soul and everything that happens to us is a lesson. The first lesson is ‘living in a body’.

Jan-06-2019: This Fire is Love

Rev. Debra Thorne
We begin the new year with our annual Fire Communion. This service is for the whole family and asks ‘what do you want to bring into the world this year?’ We will sing, dance, drum and share stories about creating a world that we want to live in: a world of justice and joy, a world of truth and creativity.