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Sun. 29 Oct, 2017 - Sat. 4 Nov, 2017

Sun. 29 Oct, 2017

All Shall Be Well (Sun. 29 Oct, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

There are different words to describe it—from confidence to faith—but it boils down to this: In what do you place your deepest trust? On what can you can rely when life begins to unravel? As we wrap up our month’s theme of healing, I’ll take up these questions and invite us to consider the differences between seeking healing and finding a cure.

This Sunday, we will also honour in our annual service celebrating the Day of the Dead/Samhain/All Souls the lives of those we have loved who have died. You are invited to bring photos or mementos of those loved ones who have died to place on the Altar of Remembrance before the service begins, or during the opening hymn. Leading into our time of meditation, we will call the names of loved ones lost, holding them in sacred memory, affirming that they are with us still. At noon, there will be a gathering in the Secret Garden to ritually burn the memorial cards that have been in place on our Memorial for the past year. We will scatter the ashes of these cards in our garden.

See you on Sunday.

In faith and love,
Shawn

View the Order of Service.

Issues & Ideas: Healing (Sun. 29 Oct, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

Our open discussion circle will meet in the Library, with reports on two books.

Jack Dodds will present My People, Myself by Mary Lawrence (an autobiography of a woman born on the Okanagan Indian Reserve in 1950, sent to a residential school at age 8, who experienced many years of drug and alcohol addiction until finally straightening out her life in 1986. It's appropriate to the theme of healing and also to the current emphasis on reconciliation with our indigenous peoples.

Ahmed Elham will present The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. (Ahmed is a refugee from Afghanistan who is currently living in Toronto.)

You need not have read the books but you are invited to come and join the discussion in the Library on Sunday after the coffee hour.

Mon. 30 Oct, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 31 Oct, 2017

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 31 Oct, 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

We Agnostics is a program like Alcoholics Anonynmous in which participants are not asked to believe in anything except that recovery is possible. See WeAgnostics.com for more information.

Wed. 1 Nov, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 2 Nov, 2017

Elements of Magic (Thu. 2 Nov, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

This new course, co-sponsored by Our Pagan Grove and Womynspirit, is facilitatated by Michael Franklin & Sandra Willow Lang. It is an introduction to the basic principles of the Reclaiming magical community, with a focus on the elements of magic with which we work – air, fire, water, earth and spirit.

In the Reclaiming tradition, magic is “changing consciousness at will”. We will learn foundational arts and practices, using tools such as trance/guided meditation, chant, silence, movement, divination and discussion.

Delve into the Earth-based roots of Paganism and Unitarianism. Experience a deepening of meditation and awareness of mystery.

The program is for you whether you are new to earth-based spiritual practice and learning ritual skills for the first time or experienced and seeking to deepen your connection with community and the elements.

Cost: $20 for materials (or pay what you can).

All are welcome. Register by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fri. 3 Nov, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 4 Nov, 2017

The Art of the Open Heart (Sat. 4 Nov, 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Ian French

Join us at First Unitarian for an electrifying evening of live spoken word poetry with our very own Ian French, aka "IF". This fundraising event for First includes the Canadian premiere documentary screening of the 50-minute version of "IF THE POET".

Tix $15 or pay what you can, available at the door, in Workman Hall after Sunday services, and at Event Brite.

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