Summer Services – start at 10:30 AM,
Summer services are informal and provide more experiential opportunities and getting to know one another.
Please Note: There are NO SERVICES on the long weekends of summer
Aug 27 – KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Susan Shachter and Sidney Shacter
**Please note the Blanket exercise takes approximately 2 hrs. including time to debrief and express your experiences and feelings. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop. Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle.
Sunday Services, children & youth programming – start at 10:30 AM,
Please Note: There is NO SERVICE on Sep 3 – enjoy the long weekend.
September 10 – Pancake Breakfast followed by service
9AM – Everyone is invited to the pancake breakfast before the service, provided by the Children’s Program Committee
10:30 AM Sunday Service: A River Runs Through It, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Pam Fichtner, Service Leader
Our annual water communion, when we welcome each other back into community. We will celebrate the healing presence of water for individuals and communities. This is an all ages service! You are invited to bring some water that represents your summer, but please come whether or not you are bringing water — there will be water available for everyone.
September 17 – Are principles enough? Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Patricia Pavey, Service Leader
We have some great principles, but is following them really enough to live a good, ethical life? What else is needed?
2nd hour (11:45 am) – This *coffee hour has 60 minutes
*New this month: on the third Sunday of the month, coffee “hour” will be a full hour, so that we can enjoy our tea and coffee and get to know each other! There will be tables and chairs set up, so you can sit, sip and chat.
September 24 – Fall Equinox (Mabon) Celebration – Kyla Huckerby and others
The fall Equinox is a harvest celebration and an opportunity to acknowledge and be thankful for the abundance in our lives.
2nd hour (11:45 am) – Youth lunch (more info to come)
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
After tea & coffee join in one of the after-service activities. This time is a great way to get to know people and to explore topics in more depth.
Each month we focus on a theme, which we explore in our Sunday Services, in small groups, and in a variety of workshops and other offerings. Our monthly theme package is intended to spark individual reflection and group discussion. It offers quotes, poems, and wisdom from a variety of traditions as well as links to resources on the internet and recommendations for books and movies. The packet is available free to anyone who would like to sign up for it (see below).
View this years themes
September – rootedness
October – invitation
November – letting go
December – expectation
January – resistance
February – love
March – simplicity
April – creation
May – compassion
June – growth