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Sun. 7 Apr, 2019 - Sat. 13 Apr, 2019

Sun. 7 Apr, 2019

A New World Waiting To Be Born (Sun. 7 Apr, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

This Sunday, we begin an eight-week series of services inviting us to intentionally deepen and restore our relationship with the web of life. Our focus will be on what Buddhist scholar and environmental activist Joanna Macy calls “The Great Turning”—the revolution that is possible when our awakening to the ecological distress of our times is coupled with our love of life to effect meaningful change. Over the course of this series, we will be exploring, as a community, how to bring our values to the challenges of our time in ways that support and uphold life. This week, I begin the series with a sermon titled “A New World Waiting to Be Born.” The choir will sing Srul Irving Glick’s “The Time Has Come.”

In more personal news, I am delighted to share that Bob and I finally became citizens of Canada on Monday morning. It was a joyous and deeply moving occasion that brought me to tears at several points. We are so glad to call this country home, and we’re grateful to everyone at First Unitarian who has been so instrumental in teaching us what it truly means to be Canadian! Thank you, from the bottom of our now-Canadian hearts!

In faith and love,
Shawn

View the Order of Service.

Amnesty International (Sun. 7 Apr, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

During coffee hour in Workman Hall we will sign letters to the Ontario Minister of Health calling for an end to the sterilization of Indigenous women in Ontario without their free, full, and informed consent. We will also sign a petition calling on Mexico to protect Indigenous land and environmental defenders.

Issues & Ideas: Balance (Sun. 7 Apr, 2019 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)

(This meeting was postponed from March 24 to give space for the auction.)

Continuing the theme of Balance, the discussion will focus on Indigenous insights.

Linda Heron reviews One Native Life by Robin Kimmerer, and Margaret Newall presents Embers by Richard Wagamese.

Come join us, after or with your coffee, in the Library next to Workman Hall. You are welcome to drop in even earlier to explore our collection of books on Unitarianism, world religions, and issues of concern to our congregation.

Mon. 8 Apr, 2019

The Meditation Group (Mon. 8 Apr, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Meditation

The Meditation Group will be meeting in Room 301 for meditation and readings.

Please feel free to bring a reading to share with the group.

Everyone is welcome.

Eco-Social Justice Committee (Mon. 8 Apr, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

A U.U. Initiated Faith-Based Response to the Climate Emergency

Meeting in Shaw Hall to discuss next steps for joint non-violent faith-based action to further climate justice.

Please come if you can.

Lyn Adamson, Michael Polanyi & Margaret Rao

Tue. 9 Apr, 2019

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 9 Apr, 2019 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.

Wed. 10 Apr, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 11 Apr, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 12 Apr, 2019

Jewish Awareness Group (Fri. 12 Apr, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

We will present two episodes of the Israeli Netflix series “Shtisel” on Friday in the Library. Popcorn and juice will be served. English sub-titles.

Shtisel tells the story of an extended Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) family in Jerusalem. The patriarch Shulem, is the principal of a religious day school and he seeks to marry the last of his children, his son Akiva, who dreams of a career in art. Marriages in this community must be organized by a match-maker.

The series is not political at all but indeed exposes a very different world of modesty, of always thanking God before eating, drinking, or entering a house, with completely different roles for men and women. Shtisel is often funny but occasionally is also very sad. Written by two formally Haredi writers, the series rings true and is fascinating for Jew and non-Jew alike.

Sat. 13 Apr, 2019

There are no events on this day.

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