April’s Theme is RISK
Kathryn Green, Artist
This is the first abstract work I made, after many years of representational painting. It felt like a big leap to try a new medium (collage) and a new approach (non-representational). It’s such a different process to create something purely from one’s imagination, with no predetermined end to work towards–or by which to judge the success of the piece. So in this sense I guess this work does represent taking a risk (though it felt much less risky than other things I’ve done!).
Sunday Services, children & youth programming – start at 10:30 AM,
April 29 – Entering, leaving and becoming: Marking life’s transitions, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service Leader: Ken Crush
Marking life transitions is an important function of a spiritual community! This Sunday we celebrate the graduation of our Justicemakers (10-12 year olds), who will share some of their learning with us. We’re also welcoming family and friends of several of our children for a child dedication ceremony.
This is an intergenerational service.
11:45 AM (2nd hr) – Extended coffee hour with snacks.
29 Avril 2018 à 16h – Faire face au malaise, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana
Il est convenu que la croissance s’opère quand nous faisons face au malaise et parfois aux obstacles majeurs. Pendant ce service, nous réfléchirons sur notre capacité de faire face aux obstacles comme notre comme tremplin vers notre croissance personnelle.
April 29 at 4PM – Facing Discomfort, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana
It is agreed that growth happens when we face discomfort and sometimes major obstacles. In this service, we will reflect on our capacity to face obstacles on the path to personal growth.
May’s Theme: Embodiment
Special Service – Beltane Dawn
TUESDAY – May 1 at 5:30AM – Greet the Beltane Dawn, Service Leaders: Karen Fraser Gitlitz & Paul Gitlitz
Location: Buena Vista Park, Saskatoon, SK
Are you ready to welcome spring?! Join us at Buena vista park for a brief and festive celebration of the breaking dawn on Beltane morning. Beltane is a traditional holiday in northern Europe, a celebration of fertility, marking the beginning of the warm season.
No, it’s not a typo! This short celebration will begin at 5:30 am, so that we can greet the dawn at 5:38 am. You will be done in time to go to work, or to go back to sleep . . .
Sunday Services, children & youth programming – start at 10:30 AM,
May 6 – Spirit jam: Being in our bodies, Service Leaders: Fary Shah and Karen Fraser Gitlitz
How do you experience being in your body? How does being embodied shape your understanding of what it means to be human? Spirit jam is a model of all ages services where we begin together, then are released to explore the topic through a variety of stations, then come back to (briefly) share reflections at the end. This morning’s spirit jam includes percussion, yoga, body games, and more. All ages welcome!
11:45AM – 2nd Hour – Potluck Sunday, please join us and bring a food dish to share. The Green Sanctuary group invites us to celebrate local food and farmers by choosing delicious local ingredients when we can.
May 13 – (Dis)abilities, accessibility and inclusion, Speaker: Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service Leader: Patricia Pavey
Every Sunday the Service Leader begins with the words “We welcome you as you are …” This phrase, beloved to many of us, is a reflection of our first principle, which calls us to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The words are simple, but the thought is radical. This morning we look at the gifts that people with disabilities bring to congregational life, and some of the challenges they face, including stories from two Canadian UU congregations.
11:45AM – 2nd Hour – How to recruit: a workshop by the Nominating committee (Nazeem Muhajarine & Mary Moody)
May 20 – Elizabeth Fry Society – and the Women they Advocate for, Speaker: Susan Shacter; Service leader: Margaret Smith
Staggering stats and dispoportion is what the Elizabelth Fry (Efry) Society deals with on a daily basis. Efry advocates for criminalized women between the ages of 18-65, and their families, with the main demographic being First Nations and Metis women. In 2014 stats. Indigenous women represented 78% of the females sentenced to provincial custody, and 76% of the women being held in remand.
Susan will share some of her experiences from working with Efry for the past 4 months as a practicum student.
11:45AM – 2nd Hour – TBA
May 27 – Reflecting on Cultural Dominance, Speaker/Facilitator: Liz Duret; Service Leaders: Kathie Cram and Karen Fraser Gitlitz
Join us for a workshop-worship experience, as Liz Duret leads in conversation and experiential exercises that will help us reflect on our experiences of inclusion and exclusion.
Elizabeth (Liz) Duret joined the University of Saskatchewan in April 2015 as the Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. Previously, Liz was a probation officer with the Department of Corrections and Public Safety for 10 years before moving into the education sector in 2005 as a consultant. From 2005 to 2007, she worked with both the University of Saskatchewan’s and Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Aboriginal Student Centers as the Life Skills/Job Coach. In September 2007, bringing her knowledge and insight of Aboriginal student recruitment and retention challenges, Liz moved into the Sask. Polytechnic Human Resources Division as the Diversity & Representative Workforce Consultant. Liz brings a wealth of experience, training, and passion to the work she does in this area. Liz is a Certified Life Skills Coach, Group Facilitator, a qualified Intercultural Development Inventory Administrator, and holds her professional designation as a Human Resources Professional. On a more personal note, Liz is a Metis woman born and raised in Saskatoon, and has two sons.
11:45AM – 2nd Hour – Our Spring Annual General Meeting –
Everyone is encouraged to attend this important yearly meeting of the congregation. We will be nominating our new slate of leadership positions and voting on any new policies. Friends are not able to vote but are encouraged to come and engage, all members please attend and cast your votes.
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 explorations 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).