JANUARY’S Theme: JUSTICE
What is justice: an idea, an ideal, a theory? What is the role of reason, and what is the role of feelings, especially our sense of injustice?
January Image – ‘Just Beginning to Learn’ part 3 of 8 by Erica Bird
Like many, I have spent the last few years filling in significant gaps in my high school Canadian history lessons. I wanted to absorb what I was learning at my own (slow) speed, so I copied out some things like the TRC Calls to Action, and sketched many images from the current CBC Indigenous news stories I was reading. Eventually I had enough for a bit of a paper “quilt”. This is one quilt block. This text and these images are not my own. But reproducing them is part of how I am trying to learn.
Sunday Services, children & youth programming – start at 10:30 AM,
Jan 7 – New Year, New You? When New Years resolutions are worth it, Guest Speaker: Kelly Goyer; Service Leader: Naomi Mihilewicz
Kelly Goyer (Spark Coach) “Let’s write a new story, one where you are free, the box is smashed, and you have more than enough inside you to be who you really are.
So start right now, right here. I dare you. Just fill in the blanks to the new story that’s waiting for you…”
Jan 14 – 450 Years of Tolerance, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz; Service Leader: Patricia Pavey
It’s a great story—an educated woman, a multicultural context, an inspired preacher and the only Unitarian royalty, ever. But what does it say to us, in our context? If we were to enact a declaration of tolerance today, what would it say?
11:45 AM – Conversation following up from the service – Writing a declaration of tolerance today: what would you include?
Jan 21 – the Face of Justice, Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz
What does justice look like, how do we recognize it? An exploration of our monthly theme topic “Justice” in light of recent controversies about renaming schools, and the taking down (and putting up) of statues.
11:45 AM – on the third Sunday of the month we enjoy a full hour of coffee hour, with tables to sit at, and some light snacks.
Jan 28 – Welcoming Newcomers, Service Leaders: Bryan Carroll, Tricia Ashbee & the Youth Group
More info to come
Service en Français, le 28 Janvier 2018 à 16h – Tenir les promesses, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana
Nous approchons la fin du premier mois de l’année 2018. Certains d’entre nous avons peut-être fait des résolutions pour cette nouvelle année. Les statistiques montrent que 8% tiennent leurs promesses du nouvel an. Au cours de ce service, nous explorerons l’importance des promesses dans nos vies et déciderons (peut-être) de continuer à promettre parce que nous sommes des êtres qui promettent.
Jan 28 – 4PM – Keeping promises, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana
We are coming to the end of the first month of 2018. Maybe some of us made some resolutions for this year. Statistics show that only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. We know that making and keep promising both to ourselves and to others is important. During this service, we will explore the role of promises in our lives and decide to keep promising, because that is who we are.
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).