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Sun. 7 Feb, 2016 - Sat. 13 Feb, 2016

Sun. 7 Feb, 2016

Making it Right (Sun. 7 Feb, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

We've likely all heard it said at some point: "Sorry just doesn't cut it." This Sunday, as we take up February's theme of reconciliation, we'll explore what is involved in the process of making a genuine apology and finding meaningful healing. My sermon will speak to "the art of the apology," covering the aspects required for an apology to be effective and complete. While practicing this vital art can be useful in our day-to-day lives, I'll be asking us all to give greater thought to the goal of reconciliation with our Aboriginal neighbours. We'll be joined by Steve Teekens, the Executive Director of Na-Me-Res, the Native Men's Residence.

With a week to go, I want to congratulate the team working on "The Vagina Monologues." The production is coming along splendidly, and both performances are now nearly sold out. I look forward to hearing these powerful stories told in our sanctuary, and I'm thrilled we'll be able to donate the proceeds of several thousand dollars to Sistering! Hooray!

Finally, I want to let you know that I will be taking my sabbatical break this year between 15 February and 23 March. I'll be travelling in Europe with Debra Faulk, the minister of the Calgary congregation, exploring church history, and in particular visiting places related to significant chapters in the Unitarian tradition. While I'm away, there will be a great line-up of Sundays, with Stephanie Gannon preaching twice, with the drummer Matt Meyer leading a wonderful music-based service, a celebration of International Women's Day with members of the cast of "The Vagina Monologues," and, at the end, with Dallas Bergen sharing reflections upon his return from his sabbatical. You'll be in great hands, as well, when it comes to pastoral care, with the Lay Pastors at the ready to be of support should you need them. As always, I'm grateful for these opportunities you provide me to recharge my battery and enrich and sustain our ministry together.

See you Sunday!

In faith and love,
Shawn

Issues and Ideas (Sun. 7 Feb, 2016 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

The congregational theme for the month of February is “Reconciliation”.

At our book circle we shall look at two books that treat different aspects of this theme:

  • Jeanne Van Bronkhorst will present her new book Dreams at the Threshold: Guidance, Comfort and Healing at the End of Life, which reveals how dreams can assist our reconciliation with significant people and events in our lives.
  • Lee Doran will review Unsettling the Settler Within by Paulette Regan, which examines essential prerequisites for reconciliation between Canada's First Nations and settler populations.

Come and join us in the Library after coffee for a lively discussion.

Twerty Somethings (Sun. 7 Feb, 2016 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm)

Looking for a little fun and friendship, all while getting filled up on some great food! Well, this Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, the Twenty and Thirty Something crowd hit up Union Social for Brunch. We'll meet at the welcome table, just outside of the main hall, and head for brunch around 12:15. Can't wait to see you!

Automated External Defibrillator Training (Sun. 7 Feb, 2016 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

First has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) beside the entrance, for use in the event of a cardiac emergency in or near the building. The more people who know how to use it, the safer our congregation will be! Please come join us for an engaging training session that will cover CPR, AED use and how to assist someone who is choking.

The cost to attend this training is $45.20 and the enrollment deadline is January 21, 2016. To enroll, please contact Zoe King at (416) 624 5986 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(If you are unable to attend at this time, there is another training session on Tuesday, February 2.)

Midwinter Retreat (All day)

This year's 27th Annual Midwinter Retreat will incorporate a playful spirit, with the theme Inside Out: Being Yourself in the World. Workshops will include origami, snowshoeing, yoga, drama improv, music/jam circles, discussion groups, tobogganing, nature walks, cabaret night, card and board games and inspirational worship. There will also be special programming for lay chaplains, titled Lay Chaplaincy: Be Yourself; Be Your Role, co-facilitated by Linda Thomson and Peter Brydon.

We offer discounted prices to all who register prior to January 4 (postmark date), with a special discount for everyone under 40. Day rates and some partial subsidies are also available, and we encourage subsidy applications.

Further information, including program details, the brochure and directions to Cedar Glen YMCA, are available on our retreat website.

Mon. 8 Feb, 2016

Womynspirit (Mon. 8 Feb, 2016 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm)

Join us in the Board Room for a Womyn's Bridgid / Imbolc ritual.

Holding awareness of the power of fire and water. All womyn welcome.

Bring finger food snacks, drums, beeswax candles (if you wish).

Tue. 9 Feb, 2016

There are no events on this day.

Wed. 10 Feb, 2016

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 11 Feb, 2016

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 12 Feb, 2016

Sat. 13 Feb, 2016

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