Ordination of Ben Robins to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry
On Sunday, June 7 our congregation ordained the Reverend Ben Robins to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. He is currently working with the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough. This moving ceremony was the first ordination to take place online in Canada.
Pledging to First for July 2020 to June 2021
In these uncertain times, we are so very grateful for the many ways our congregation has come together to affirm that we are an enduring community of memory and hope. Through our weekly online services, virtual Coffee Hour, Journey Groups, programs, and outreach through our Caring Connections Network, we have learned anew that our community is so much more than our building. We are a wonderful web of sustaining relationships that seeks to increase the sum total of love and justice in our world.
The pandemic has challenged us in significant ways. Like most institutions that depend on the generous commitment of our members, we are facing a serious financial setback because of a reduction in contributions and an almost complete loss of building rental revenue for the foreseeable future. The Board and staff are working to adjust expenses while also quickly adapting many aspects of congregational life to new formats online.
First Unitarian is, as ever, a work in progress. We are confident that together we will emerge from these difficult days stronger than ever before. For this to be so, there is a part for each of us to play. While we understand the pandemic is causing financial strain for many, we simply ask you to give as generously as you possibly can. Together, we will ensure the ongoing vitality of this community that sustains us all.
You may be aware that we have changed our pledge year to start in July to align with our program year rather than the calendar year. This combined with the lack of in-person services has caused some confusion.
As you consider your gift for the coming program year, please consider making your donation through automated payment if you have not previously done so. Your pre-authorized debit is the most helpful method for our budgeting process and most secure way of donating. Remember that your donation is tax deductible and you can advise us to change it at any time.
Our congregation gathers on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabe Mississauga, the Haudenosaunee, Ojibway/Chippewa, and Wendat peoples. This territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, and is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
As a congregation, we are striving to help heal the wounds of our past and our present, in the essential and ongoing work of reconciliation.
Our Theme for July is “Connection”
Journey Groups are small reflection circles that enable us to go deeper into our monthly theme by sharing our thoughts with a small gathering of people. Learn more about Journey Groups and our monthly themes.