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
July 23 – Tai Chi, Donna Lindsay
July 30 – Chakra Meditation, Karen Baxter
The Chakras are seven energy points on the body. They are located in important areas such as the tail bone, heart, and brain. Through the Chakras we are able to receive and transmit social, sexual, and spiritual energy. The free flow of energy through these points is important for optimum health and well being. During this service we will be learning about the Chakras and then journeying through meditation to look at our Chakras. After service, if you wish, there will be art supplies to express on paper what you saw in your meditation.
Aug 6 – NO SERVICE – Enjoy the long weekend
Aug 13 – Creating a Sustainable and Inclusive Canada: Stories and Teachings of Environmental and Indigenous Issues, Jeannine Paul
Jeannine has been invited to speak in Ottawa in September at a conference aimed at creating a more sustainable and inclusive Canada. In preparation for her talk and since this topic is as relevant and timely here in Saskatoon, she will explore with us stories and tools based on personal experiences in the trenches on both fronts.
More info on this conference here.
Aug 20 – Garden Harvest Celebration, Kas Rea-Cram and Lisa Howse
Late summer brings golden days, changing winds and ripening garden fruits. We want to celebrate our own permaculture garden with a harvest party.
Join us for a family-friendly potluck on the lawn (or in the main lobby in case of bad weather). There will be a few main dishes provided using edibles from the garden, paired with other local ingredients from farmers in the community. Everyone is encouraged to try using some local ingredients in our own dishes if we can, but all food contributions will be joyfully received. 🙂 In addition to the meal there will be a short lesson on permaculture, as well as face-painting, sidewalk chalk, and some musical fun.
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.
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