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From the Minister’s Study…

Summer 2017: Thoughts to Ponder Over the Summer  Dear friends, Here we are – summer again! I am writing this from the first week of ‘study leave’, after having spent the day on-line with the continental UU Minister’s Association, for 2017 Ministry Days in New Orleans. The magic of the internet allows us to do …

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From the Minister’s Study…

June 2017: Canadian Unitarians Exploring … Growth Here we go again – June! It’s hard to believe that another church year is coming to a close already! This is always a joyful month – with celebrations like Pride, Flower Communion, Father’s Day, Rainbow Relay, and this year – Westwood’s 35th Birthday! (The actual factual birthday …

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May 2017: Canadian Unitarians Exploring … Compassion As we enter a new month and new theme – May & Compassion – there are powerful thoughts and experiences that carry forward from last month’s theme of Resistance. We have engaged with things that are hard for us. We said goodbye to Sheila MacLean with a lovely …

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2016-17 Theme of the year: Canadian Unitarians Exploring … April Theme: Canadian Unitarians Exploring … Resistance Welcome to April … to spring … and to our new monthly theme of Resistance. Resistance. Resistance? Who picked this theme, anyway? Just thinking about it made mine rise. It took me forever to settle on sermon topics … …

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From the Minister’s Study…

February 2017: Canadian Unitarians Exploring … Love & Justice    February – Love & Justice month – aligns to this present season of resilience, resistance and reconciliation. For Unitarian Universalists everywhere, Love & Justice are powerful constructs. We speak often of working toward a just and free world, not only for ourselves but for all …

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From the Minister’s Study… November 2016: Canadian Unitarians Exploring … Letting Go

As we enter the season of darkness, we turn our thoughts to the theme of Letting Go. We have each experienced times when we need to let go – maybe an idea that never came to fruition, a project that has finished, or a relationship that has come to an end. Letting Go can sometimes …

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From the Minister’s Study – Canadian Unitarians Exploring … Invitation

September 2016: Well, friends, an exciting year is upon us! New ideas are taking root, while favourite branches stretch out higher and farther. Our annual Westwood Open House takes place Sunday September 4 – an informal return to the community we love – with the focus on a friendly welcome to newcomers. In-Gathering Service follows …

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Summer 2016: … Building New Bridges

From the Minister’s Study… Greetings all! We have spent this year exploring “Building Bridges” – with different communities, cultures & ideas … between generations … among ourselves. As we complete the regular church year (September thru June), and head into Summer Serendipity, we will revisit our monthly themes, in discussion format services. Before we shift …

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Building Bridges of Belonging

From the Minister’s Study… June 2016: … Building Bridges of Belonging I’m writing this year-end column from the living room of my residence pod at UBC – where I am camped out for the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual Conference & Meeting, and the UU Ministers of Canada’s Annual Meeting that follows. This ‘budget’ accommodation pod …

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