June’s Theme is – GROWTH
We return to the plant metaphor begun in September, to see what those roots have nourished. How are you growing, and what would you like to see growing in the world around you?
June 25 – NO Service this morning,
JOIN us at 11:30 AM – for Bar B Q and Potluck –
Saskatoon Unitarians Annual – Welcome Summer Picnic
Join us in celebrating the congregational year end. We will provide hot dogs, veggie dogs, buns (incl. gluten free), and condiments. What to bring: Salads and snacks Location: Unitarian Centre – front lawn or inside (if weather isn’t sunny) Please contact Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information
June’s beautiful Flower Communion marked the close of the Children’s Program til fall! The program will take a two month break for the summer and classes will resume on September 17th.
Thank you to everyone who made this year so blessed and successful for myself and the children. Your time, your commitment, your encouragement, your support, and your well wishes contributed to making this year so wonderful. To the children’s program committee, parents, volunteers, members and friends -THANK YOU!
Fary Shah, Director of Children’s Program
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 2 – NO SERVICE, Enjoy the long weekend
July 9 – Summer Circle of Song, with Kathryn Green
“Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It’s like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.” (Stacy Horn)
Whatever your opinion of your singing ability, there’s a place for you in our circle of song! If you’re curious about our singing group or just want to spend an hour singing with others, here’s your chance. No prior singing experience or musical knowledge required!
July 16 – Birth Trauma, Kyla Huckerby
Please join us to share and discuss the often ignored subject of birth trauma.kyla Huckerby will share her story, and lead an open and honest discussion.
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 – Environmental and Indigenous concerns, Jeannine Paul
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