Past Events

Here are some of the Sunday Services we've had in the past - to give you an idea of the neat places we've been and special things that we do!

September 7th, 2014: Annual Pride Service with Amanda Tarling

Amanda Tarling

This morning I would like to explore the word “Pride” and why it was the word that was chosen to represent a movement.  Wikipedia says “Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. How do we wear our Pride personally, socially, politically, and how does Pride help define our  Spirituality.

Come join us for a Pride-filled Sunday service. Everyone is welcome.

September 14th, 2014: Fall Fair: NO SERVICE THIS SUNDAY

pumpkins

Traditionally we don’t have a Sunday service on the fall fair weekend – because we all love fall fair so much!

September 21st, 2014: Our Monthly Unitarian Singing Service

Barbara Slater

Our first singing service of the new season!

In our family-friendly sacred song circles, Barbara Slater teaches us chants from around the world, as well as a few simple songs from the Unitarian tradition. Any fan of Barbara’s Ubuntu song circles around the island are certainly welcome.

Uplifting :) Don’t miss it!

September 28th, 2014: Nanaimo Church Anniversary Celebration

October 5th, 2014: Amanda Tarling: “What is it to a Life of Purpose?”

Amanda Tarling

The second in our theme-based ministry asks us “What is it to life a life of Purpose?” During October we will be thinking about the purpose of our lives and our Fellowship.  Why do we exist, where are we going, how are we getting there, where will we be when we get there, where is there. Come join us as we cogitate and discuss the age old questions of existence and purpose.

October 12th, 2014: Russell McNeil: What Moves Us

What is it we share? This presentation, offers an (unofficial) “Letterman Top-10″ response. We see those through the lenses of ten of the “founders” of our Unitarian Universalist theological tradition(s). One answer, is founded on the ideas of founder Sophia Lyon Fahs, who taught the importance of embracing our “emotional impulses” – because such impulses often prompt people to be “religious.”  Another answer, credited to UU theologian James Luther Adams, taught that religious beliefs are reflected in “deeds, not words.” The eight other reasons reviewed in the talk are just as provocative – and moving.

October 19th, 2014: Our Monthly Unitarian Singing Service

Barbara Slater

In our family-friendly sacred song circles, Barbara Slater teaches us chants from around the world, as well as a few simple songs from the Unitarian tradition. Any fan of Barbara’s Ubuntu song circles around the island are certainly welcome.

Uplifting :) Don’t miss it!

October 26th, 2014: BC FALL GATHERING: First Unitarian Church of Victoria

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There will be no service on Salt Spring Island this Sunday.

Please join us at First Unitarian Church of Victoria for a fn filled weekend for the BC Fall Gathering from October 24th-26th, 2014.

The theme for the weekend is Pathways to the Spirit.  There will be four streams of adult programming available.

There will be an ingathering for all ages on Friday evening.  Workshops, meals and entertainment on Saturday,  and our church service on Sunday. Youth and children will have separate programming but will join the adults for Saturday dinner and entertainment as well as for the Sunday Service.

For more information please visit: www.victoriaunitarian.ca

 

 

 

November 2, 2014: Amanda Tarling: Laughter: What Does It Mean to Live a Life Full of Laughter?

Amanda Tarling

Laughter “What does it mean to live a life full of laughter?” How can I deepen my spiritual practice through laughter? Laughter is wonderful physical medicine, but what about mirth as a way to enlightenment? In the sometimes bleak month as the nights close in and the temperatures drop let’s look at how laughter can help us live in a more meaningful way.

November 9th, 2014: Melynda Okulitch: “A Moment of Peace During War”

Melynda Okulitch

During this 100th anniversary of World War I, we can take a lesson from the Christmas Eve moment of Peace of 1914.  A profound moment that was started by the German soldiers, embraced by the Allied soldiers, and forbidden by the horrified Generals of both sides.  Although I personally mark November 11th, I am uncomfortable with the usual Remembrance Day service and the glorification still of military might.  At the same time, I am grateful for those who went to fight for our country, and so sorrowful for the loss of life on all sides, for their families.  and for those maimed physically and mentally either as combatants or as victims of war.  Peace is a hard word, a hard concept but still worth our conviction.