Discovery Circles

 

We are hosting a spiritual enrichment service called Discovery Circles on one Sunday of every month. During these services, a topic is introduced and then followed by small group discussions.

What do you live by: the golden rule, the truth, spiritual principles, inner wisdom, direction from the divine or something else entirely?  This year join Amanda to delve deeply into Principles to live by.  Eight monthly worship services (October to May) designed to challenge and inspire.  Services will include practical ideas to carry the ideas into your own spiritual practice.

Everyone is welcome to come to any or all of the Discovery Circles scheduled.

Discovery services are led by Amanda Tarling of the Capital UU Congregation in Victoria BC.

 

October 13, 2013 -Our first and most challenging principle is; “The inherent worth and dignity of every person”. Is everyone inherently worthy?  Where is dignity lost? How can we follow our first Principle in difficult times?  The first in an eighth homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.

November 3, 2013-Following on from our First Principle the second states: “Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations”.  Let’s get to the bottom of what justice and equity really mean. Furthermore being a part of a religious community provides a platform and an opportunity for us to deepen compassion. Do we take this opportunity? How do we live this second principle every day? The second in an eighth homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.

December 8, 2013-Our Third Principle says: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”  To accept another is truly a challenging thing.  How often have we tried to change someone?  What are the tools available to help us accept?  This morning we explore how we can deepen our spiritual knowledge and encourage others to do the same. The third in an eight homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.

January 5, 2014- A new year brings an interesting question as we look at our fourth principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning”.  Where can truth be found?  Is there more than one truth? Why do we link truth and meaning in this principle? The fourth in an eight homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.

February 2, 2014-Our fifth principle is: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” We all have that divine seed within us helping us to make personal decisions.  This morning we will talk about how, when we come together, our spiritual development and growth are encouraged, our spiritual lives are nourished, and we find hope and grace. The fifth in an eight homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.

March 23, 2014- Our sixth principle is lofty indeed “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all”.  How can we bring these worthy goals into our daily lives and infuse them in our community? The sixth in an eight homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources.

April 6, 2014-Our seventh and final principle is: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”. This is the principle that comes to mind first when I talk about what it is to be a Unitarian however are we being true to the ideas behind this principle.  Respect is a word rich with meaning and action. The seventh in an eight homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.

May 4, 2014-Seven months and seven principles – how do we move forward after being inspired by all of the wisdom we have gained from putting our principles under the microscope?  How do we put all seven into practice each day?  How do we keep learning from them and how do we keep them at the forefront of our spiritual practice? The last of an eight homily series looking at our Unitarian Principles and Sources and our own spiritual practice.